Match 38 – Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview

Having held their nerve to beat Gujarat in Sunday’s tense Super Over, Mumbai Indians go level on points with the Knight Riders at the top of the table. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers turned in another dismal performance, making just 96 in 20 overs in a bizarre game against Pune to stay one place off the bottom.

It looks to be all over for RCB, but can Virat Kohli’s men string together some wins at the tail end of the groups?

Match Odds

The bookies are finally rating the Royal Challengers based on form rather than reputation and Kohli’s side are the outside bet here at 2.10 with Bet365. As for Mumbai, league position and home advantage make them natural favourites at a top price of 1.75 with Betfair.

We frequently talk about RCB’s threat, but they have been so poor that it’s hard at this stage to see them battling back. Aside from Kohli himself, the team seems to lack any fight at all and have turned in two shocking batting displays with a 49 all out followed by Saturday’s 96-9.

They still have the talent and we could be proved wrong but perhaps it’s time to give up on the Royal Challengers and go with the form side.

Match Odds Summary: Mumbai Indians 1.75 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Royal Challengers Bangalore 2.10 (Bet365).

Top Batsmen

Parthiv Patel usually delivers a profit at least once in any tournament and the former RCB man top scored with 70 in that win over the Lions. The former RCB man looks a decent option for Monday’s game at odds of 5.00 with Bet365 while Jos Buttler heads the market at a top price of 4.00 with Bet365 once again.

While Patel and Buttler have been productive at the top of the order, Rohit Sharma has struggled since giving up the opener’s job but the skipper drifts now to tempting best odds of 5.00 with Betfair. Elsewhere, it’s been a productive tournament for Nitish Rana who is quoted at a best of 5.50 with Bet365.

As for the Royal Challengers, Kohli is just about holding things together and after making 55 against Pune when the next highest score was 8, the captain is now a predictably short favourite at a top price of 2.88 with Betfair.

AB De Villiers at 3.75 with Bet365, Chris Gayle at 5.00 with Betfair and Mandeep Singh at 7.00 with Bet365 have all disappointed so it’s difficult to see past Kohli. However, 2.88 looks too short for comfort so I’ll tip Rohit Sharma for Mumbai who is due for a return to form.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Mumbai Indians: Buttler 4.00 (Bet365), Patel 5.00 (Bet365), Rohit Sharma 5.00 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Rana 5.50 (Bet365).

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli 2.88 (Betfair), De Villiers 3.75 (Bet365), Gayle 5.00 (Betfair), Singh 7.00 (Bet365).

Other Side Bets

There are lots of options for a third tip and Mumbai’s top bowler market looks interesting with Saturday’s hero Jasprit Bumrah starts as favourite at a top price of 4.00 with Bet365. Mitch MccClenaghan looks the value punt at 4.50 with Betfair but for the final bet, it’s across to the highest opening partnership.

We don’t often look at this market but with RCB looking so shaky from the top order down, we’ll avoid their price of 2.00 with Bet365 and stake on Mumbai Indians at 1.90 with Betfair.

Highest Opening Partnership Odds Summary: Mumbai Indians 1.90 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick) Royal Challengers Bangalore 2.00 (Bet365).

A strong start from Buttler and Patel at the top order should then give Rohit Sharma and the rest a platform to build a strong total that should be too much for this struggling Bangalore unit.