2014 Champions League T20 Betting Preview

champions-league-t20-cricket-2014-logoThe T20 cricket fever is back in India with the Champions League T20 series kick-starting on 13th Sep at Raipur. With the fans cheering and supporting the different teams from all over the world, this contest will bring in a wave of excitement once again after the successful IPL edition earlier this year. Let’s take a look at the teams participating in this coveted series and their respective strengths and weaknesses.

Barbados Tridents

The reigning champions of CPL T20, Barbados Tridents is upbeat to put up a good show with players like Rayad Emrit, Elton Chigumbura, Rampaul, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder and Ashley Nurse. In the absence of Pollard, the responsibilities fall on Rayad Emrit, the established bowler, who has been instrumental in the team’s wins on many occasions. Reifer, Munaweera and Perkins need to perform well with the bat on Indian conditions and keep the scoreboard ticking. They have good all-rounders in James Franklin, Kyle Mayers and Chigumbura; with bowlers like Rampaul, Mendis and Nurse, the team is well-equipped to pull out some tricks from the bag to surprise their opponents.

Players to watch out for: Ravi Rampaul, Ashley Nurse, James Franklin.

Outright Win Odds: 26.00 @ Bet365

Cape Cobras

This Protean powerhouse has players like JP Duminy, Philander, Robin Peterson, Stiaan van Zyl, Justin Ontong and the flamboyant Hashim Amla to name a few. It was a devastating loss in the Ram Slam T20 finals, after a stunning show and they will be eager to overcome challenges; with Amla, Duminy, Levi and other established players, it shouldn’t be a daunting task. While the squad will miss the services of Beuran Hendricks, Philander along with Langeveldt, Dane Piedt, Justin Kemp, Peterson and Ontong will do well to pose threats to the strongest batting line-ups. The Cobras have it in them to cause an upset here and they are waiting in the wings to go for the gold.

Players to watch out for: JP Duminy, Hashim Amla.

Outright Win Odds: 11.00 @ Bet365

Chennai Super Kings

Dhoni leads this dream team, consisting of overseas players like Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree and John Hastings and young talent like Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi and Ishwar Pandey. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Ashish Nehra and Mohit Sharma have been performing well and will take the bowling attack to greater heights with the conditions favouring their capabilities. This is a deadly combination of established batsmen and bowlers, who have won matches for their sides with ease.

Players to watch out for: Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis.

Outright Win Odds: 3.75 @ Bet365

Dolphins

Champions of Ram Slam T20 challenge, the Dolphins cannot be taken lightly especially with captain Morne van Wyk being in top form along with players like Delport, Chetty, Daryn Smit and others. The bowling squad looks strong with Kyle Abbott, Jaarsveld, Frylinck, Dupavillon and Zondo; they had restricted the Cobras from winning the title earlier this year in a thrilling finish and have the abilities to repeat the performance yet again.

Players to watch out for: Kyle Abbot, Morne van Wyk.

Outright Win Odds: 21.00 @ Bet365

Hobart Hurricanes

Runners up of the Big Bash league, the side boasts of players like Tim Paine, Ben Dunk, Shoaib Malik, Bollinger, Doherty, Ben Laughlin, Hilfenhaus and Jonathan Wells who have performed well in their respective departments and contributing with all-round skills. Malik can go for the big runs and keep the scoreboard ticking along with Aiden Blizzard and Paine; the bowlers look well-prepared to cause batting collapses irrespective of the opponent they face.

Players to watch out for: Tim Paine, Shoaib Malik, Doug Bollinger.

Outright Win Odds: 15.00 @ Bet365

Kings XI Punjab

Giving their best performance in the IPL, it was a heart-wrenching loss against Kolkata that left them as runners-up; George Bailey leads the side with batting powerhouses like Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Virender Sehwag. The bowling attack will be sharp with players like Mitchell Johnson, Thisara Perera, Lakshmipathi Balaji and youngsters like Karanveer Singh and Mandeep. This team will be feared the most as it definitely packs a punch.

Players to watch out for: Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, David Miller.

Outright Win Odds: 4.75 @ TitanBet

Kolkata Knight Riders

They won the 2014 IPL edition and are in top form with Gambhir leading from the front and players like Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Doeschate, Sunil Narine and Morne Morkel among others. Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins and Piyush Chawla have the skills and talent to get regular wickets and with strong batting capabilities in the team, KKR looks like the team to beat.

Players to watch out for: Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir.

Outright Win Odds: 5.50 @ Bet365

Lahore Lions

The team, led by Mohammad Hafeez, has been successful in the Pakistani domestic cricket and showcases talented players like Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Saeed, Imran Ali and others. They have a mixed variety in bowling with the pace attack of Wahab Riaz and Asif Raza; the leg-breaks and off-breaks from Adnan Rasool, Saad Nasim, Umar Siddiq and Mustafa Iqbal can surely tackle the cleverest of batting maestros.

Players to watch out for: Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal.

Outright Win Odds: 34.00 @ Bet365

Mumbai Indians

Keiron Pollard leads the team from the front and is in good form, having led the Tridents to victory back home; he has the support of experienced cricketers like Michael Hussey, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Corey Anderson and Lendl Simmons. They have the energy and enthusiasm of youngsters like Amabti Rayudu, Shreyas Gopal, Jasprit Bumrah and Merhcant de Lange. Having won this coveted title twice, this side is well set to conquer all territories once again.

Players to watch out for: Lasith Malinga, Corey Anderson.

Outright Win Odds: 8.00 @ Bet365

Northern Knights

Reigning champions of the HRV cup in New Zealand, they have players like Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Daniel Harris, Flynn, Watling and Anton Devcich among others who have excelled many a times for their country. Youngsters Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell are great assets; they will be a motivated lot to do well in this international arena.

Players to watch out for: Kane Williamson, Tim Southee.

Outright Win Odds: 34.00 @ Bet365

Perth Scorchers

Current Big Bash champions down under, this team is very keen to win the title after a dismal performance last season. With the likes of Adam Voges, the experienced Brad Hogg and speed masters like Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff, the side boasts of a very balanced mix of batsmen and bowlers. The players are in good form and are motivated to surge ahead with a good mix of strategy and talent.

Players to watch out for: Adam Voges.

Outright Win Odds: 15.00 @ Bet365

Southern Express

The team from Sri Lanka represents upcoming talent with players like Jehan Mubarak, Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera and Seekugge Prasanna. While they are devoid of the services of Malinga and Dilshan, all-rounders like Farveez Maharoof, Angelo Perera and Danushka will be inspired to take the team to many a victory.

Players to watch out for: Kusal Perera.

Outright Win Odds: 15.00 @ Bet365

Our Prediction:

While it’s anybody’s game in T20s, but in longer competitions, better teams always hold the edge. Every team in this competition looks strong enough on paper and appear to be a team which can topple any given side on their day. However, on paper, Kings XI Punjab stands tall among the rest largely due to the batting powerhouse they have at the top of the order. Each of their top six has the capability to demolish any bowling attack and the presence of Mitchell Johnson strengthens their bowling to a great extent providing the balance to their side beautifully. They just have to cope with the pressure of winning the games which matter the most and they have the side to do it and bring the title home.

Champions League T20 2014 Winner: Kings XI Punjab, 4.75 @ TitanBet