Some bookmakers installed these two teams as joint favourites ahead of IPL 11 but after six combined games, Mumbai and RCB have just one win between them. We’re used to Mumbai Indians making slow starts while the Royal Challengers can be frustrating despite their ability to pick up some of the best overseas talent at the auction.
We’re not quite at the stage where Tuesday’s game is a must-win but it’s important to get points on the board and to pick up some momentum.
This is another tight market and a game where some bookies have the same win price on both teams while elsewhere, Mumbai’s poor start to IPL 11 sees them start as marginal outsiders. Rohit Sharma’s men can be picked up at 2.00 with Betfair while the Royal Challengers are slightly ahead at 1.91 with Betway.
RCB looked well-placed to chase down Rajasthan’s big total on Sunday but their top four batsmen all got out due to poor shot selection. With greater concentration, the Royal Challengers could have picked up their second win and would have a bigger advantage going in to Tuesday’s match where once again, those batters look to hold the key.
Bowling does need attention too and there were some expensive displays from the attack against Rajasthan. It’s a tight call but Mumbai have to win some time and if they can get Kohli and De Villiers early, the rest of the order may crumble.
Match Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1.91 (Betway), Mumbai Indians 2.00 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick).
Mumbai’s new opening partnership of Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis put on a century stand against Delhi with Yadav just taking the top batsman award. For Tuesday against RCB, Lewis carries the shorter price of 4.00 with Betfair while Yadav has top scored in two of Mumbai’s three games and looks generous at 5.00 with Betway.
Despite that, Rohit Sharma actually starts as favourite in this market at 3.75 with Betfair and other options for Mumbai include Ishan Kishan at 5.50 with Betway and the Pandyas – Krunal at 12.00 with Betfair and Hardik at an excellent 15.00 with Betway.
For the Royal Challengers Bangalore, AB De Villiers top scored for his side in the opening two matches before Virat Kohli came through against the Royals on Sunday. Kohli always starts as favourite so you can pick up the skipper at 3.50 with Betfair while De Villiers follows at 4.00 with Betfair again. Brendon McCullum has made just four runs in his last two innings and is therefore further back at 5.00 with Betway while Quinton De Kock has made some good starts and is shorter at 4.50 with Betway again.
The winner should come from those four but you could also consider Manan Vohra who is down at 7.00 with Betfair.
There are players in form on both sides so picking a winner could be tough but AB De Villiers has been one of the more consistent and 4.00 is a reasonable price for the South African.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma 3.75 (Betfair), Lewis 4.00 (Betfair), Yadav 5.00 (Betway), Kishan 5.50 (Betway), Krunal Pandya 12.00 (Betfair), Hardik Pandya 15.00 (Betway).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli 3.50 (Betfair), De Villiers 4.00 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), De Kock 4.50 (Betway), McCullum 5.00 (Betway), Vohra 7.00 (Betfair).
Other Side Bets
It’s been a comprehensive review so far so we’ll quickly finish with our final tip of the game. Mumbai blitzed the boundary in their knock against Delhi and while their total wasn’t quite enough to take the points, they look a good bet to hit most sixes against RCB at 2.10 with Betfair.
The Royal Challengers saw a number of players caught on the boundary against the Royals so perhaps Mumbai just have the edge in terms of power hitting for Tuesday’s game.
Most Sixes Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore 2.00 (Betfair), Mumbai Indians 2.10 (Betfair – Editors Pick), The Tie 7.00 (Betfair).
RCB’s batters are important but their bowlers appear to be the weak link right now and the selectors should be looking to include one more of their overseas picks if possible. If that doesn’t happen, Mumbai should take advantage and claim their first win of IPL 11.