Daredevils and Knight Riders are set to do battle at Pune tonight and a look at the betting odds reveals how close this match is expected to be.
There was never any doubt that these two teams are closely matched and this is reflected in the odds offered by bookies such as William Hill, BestFred, Bet Victor and Ladbrokes, all of whom offer identical odds of 10/11 on a win by DD and KKR alike.
The likes of Totespur and Paddy Power offer slightly lower returns, at 5/6 and 9/10 respectively, but the odds offered are the same for both teams.
But some bookies are ready to stick their necks out and proclaim DD as the favourites to win the first qualifier, by however thin a margin. Bet365, Skybet and Coral belong to this category and offer 4/5 on a DD win, while quoting even odds on a KKR victory. Other bookies who favour DD are 888sport (17/20 on DD; 19/20 on KKR) and StanJames (5/6 on DD; 20/21 on KKR). Still others such as bodog (7/8 on DD and 19/20 on KKR) and 32Red (11/12 on DD and 22/23 on KKR). WBX and betfair offer 91/100 on a DD win and 97/100 on a KKR triumph.
Few bookies appear to favour a KKR win; among them Sporting Bet offers odds of 19/20 on a DD win, while quoting 3/4 on a KKR victory.
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