With just one win each to their name in IPL 9, this match between two of the competition’s most loved franchises has already taken on added significance. Defeat here could be catastrophic for either the Mumbai Indians or the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
We analyzed each team, their stats and form to determine which are the best betting tips. You can read our full game analysis or skip right to the bottom to hunt our betting tip and best odds.
Match Betting, Indian vs Challengers
They may be notoriously slow starters at the best of times, but Mumbai really needs to find their feet if they are to successfully defend their crown.
Three defeats in four outings have left them languishing in the standings, and in their 14 league phase matches last year Mumbai lost six matches; they are already halfway to that total this term.
There appears to be a clear problem with Rohit Sharma’s side: they have lost all three matches when batting first, and yet in the one fixture they batted second they chased down a mammoth score of 187/5. The toss could be crucial in this one.
RCB, meanwhile, have posted 227/4 and 191/5 in their two outings to date, and while the former resulted in a comfortable 45 run over the Hyderabad Sunrisers the latter required one of the greatest IPL innings’ of all time from Quinton de Kock to see the Delhi Daredevils home.
With Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and then Shane Watson at the top of the order, there is a feeling that ‘if the banger doesn’t get you then the crasher will’ – and that could be the key difference between the two sides here in Match 14.
The Royal Challengers are available at 1.72 with Betfair, with Mumbai as the 2.20 outsiders with bet365 to win this match. Given their greater batting power at what has proven to be a low-scoring Wankhede Stadium thus far, we have to invest in the Bangalore men here.
Mumbai India Top Batsmen
If this Mumbai Indians batting line-up can fire simultaneously – rather than in outstanding individual performances – then they could be a threat to anyone in this competition.
Just take that epic run chase against the Kolkata Knight Riders: Sharma (84*), Parthiv Patel (23), Mitchell McClenaghan (20) and Jos Buttler (41), all played their part in an awesome show of power and guile.
That, alas, has been the only instance where they have all come to the party at the same time so far.
But the addition of Martin Guptill – in as a late replacement for the injured Lendl Simmons –could be the masterstroke. The Kiwi bludgeoned 140 runs at an average of 35 at the recent T20 World Cup, and at a best price of 4.33 with bet365 it is easy to make a case for the opener in the Top Mumbai Indians Batsman market.
RCB Top Batsmen
For RCB you can pick any one of the ‘big three’, although Gayle, having notched just a solitary run in his two outings to date, can be overlooked until his form picks up; which it surely will sooner rather than later.
It is noticeable that Mumbai have taken an early wicket in three of their four matches, so by the powers of deduction it is number three, AB de Villiers, that is the smart play as Top RCB Batsman at 3.50 with 888sport; the South African has already plundered 132 runs in the tournament to date.
Gayle, Kohli, De Villiers, Sharma, Guptill, Buttler….what a feast of maximums this match could be.
The Wankhede Stadium has averaged 9.5 per match to date, and RCB lead Mumbai by 21 to 20 despite having played two games less. So the 1.80 offered by Betfair for the Challengers to score the most sixes looks a huge price.
So RCB to win – and score the most maximums – looks the most likely course of action as the pressure increases on the Mumbai Indians.
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