You get the feeling that the worm is starting to turn for the Mumbai Indians, and after a mixed start they are starting to assert themselves on the competition. They have triumphed in two of their last three outings, but it is the nature of those victories that has been most eye-catching when they face Kolkata Knights on April 28, 2016.
Meanwhile, five games into IPL 9 and it’s all good so far for the Kolkata Knight Riders, who have triumphed in four of those. Their sole loss? That came against the Mumbai Indians in the reverse fixture of Match 5.
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In their last outing against the Kings XI – the whipping boys of IPL 9 to date – Mumbai were clinical in the way they went about their business.
Batting first, they got over the early loss of opener and captain Rohit Sharma courtesy of some inventive hitting from Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayadu, and a total of 189/6 is always going to take some chasing. The Kings weren’t up to the task, but that was partly due to the economical prowess of Mumbai’s new-ball takers Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan.
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Kolkata Knight Riders
All four of KKR’s victories have come when chasing, and the only time they have been asked to set a target came against those chaps from Mumbai. Perhaps, yet again, the toss will be definitive here.
And that’s because the action at the Wankhede Stadium is so hard to predict. First innings scores here range from 121/8 to 170/7, with a 143/8 sandwiched in-between. It appears a formidable venue in which to set a meaningful target. So, watch out for the coin toss before making your betting decisions.
Betting Tip: But we’ll side with KKR in advance at a best price of 1.81 with 888Sport.
Reason Why – Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine and Shakib Al-Hasan – amongst others – they boast the best all-round bowling unit in the competition. In low-scoring contests, that can be crucial.
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- We all know how outstanding Gautam Gambhir has been so far in IPL 9, but he has gone off the boil slightly recently: scores of 11 and 34 are not Top Run Scorer material in that particular betting market.
- Noticeably, Mumbai have had no problem taking early wickets, and have generally struggled to exert their authority on the opposition’s middle-order (numbers three, four and five have top-scored against them in their last trio of matches). With that in mind, perhaps Suryakumar Yadav , who top scored with 60 for KKR last time out and bats at three, is the best option to top score for his team at 4.25 with 888sport.
- As far as Mumbai’s top run scorer is concerned, we have a choice: opt for the occasional pyrotechnics of Rohit Sharma, or instead back the more consistent Ambati Rayadu?
The former is available at 3.00 and the latter at 4.00, both with 888sport. Sharma has bludgeoned 230 runs in the tournament compared to Rayadu’s well constructed 217, so it really is a case of picking your man and sticking with it. Given the strength of KKR’s bowling attack, perhaps Rayadu’s more constructive approach will be more effective.
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It is hard to get a handle on how the Wankhede Stadium track is playing with such a mixed bag of scores thus far, but one thing is for sure and that’s batsmen have struggled to see their knock through to the business end.
- Just three half centuries have been recorded in six innings played here, so let’s take on the Highest Individual Score line at 63.5 by going under at 1.85 with Bet365.
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