Somehow, the Chennai Super Kings keep winning from losing situations. That is the mark of a good side in any sport and Wednesday’s thrilling victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore took the men in yellow back to the top of the IPL group table.
While Chennai thrive, defending champions the Mumbai Indians continue to struggle towards the bottom of the league and while Rohit Sharma’s team are known for their slow starts, they risk being cut off from the rest of the franchises.
Saturday’s game in Pune is starting to look like a must win for Mumbai but the bookies aren’t giving them much hope. Rohit’s men start as the outsider option in this game at odds of 2.25 with Betfair while those backing the Super Kings for another victory can get 1.72 with Betway.
Form can often be disregarded in the T20 format but after failing to chase down just 118 against the Sunrisers last time out, it’s tough to see how this Mumbai side can recover. They should have already looked at team changes and they still have the option of introducing JP Duminy against CSK but with Chennai in top shape in all departments, we just can’t see past the favourites.
Match Odds Summary: Chennai Super Kings 1.72 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Mumbai Indians 2.25 (Betfair).
MS Dhoni was the hero again for Chennai at the death although the top scorer honours went to Ambati Rayudu who made 82 and laid the platform for late drama against RCB. For Saturday, neither man has shifted Shane Watson as favourite to top score against Mumbai with the Australian available at odds of 4.25 with Betway.
Suresh Raina follows at 4.33 with Betway and then we come to Rayudu at a generous 4.50 with Betfair. Lots of attention will be on Dhoni at a tempting 7.00 with Betfair while Sam Billings is slightly further back at 7.50 with Betway.
In Mumbai’s version of the top batter market, Evin Lewis is the favourite at 4.00 with Betway while skipper Rohit Sharma is behind at 4.50 with Betfair. Suryakumar Yadav is the most consistent batsman for the Indians and he can be picked up at that same 4.50 with Betfair again while Ishan Kishan is an option at 5.50 with Betway.
The Pandya brothers give some potential for value in the late overs with Krunal and 9.00 and Hardik at an excellent 15.00 – both with Betfair.
There are more options in the Chennai market while the choice for Mumbai Indians could come down to two players. Yadav is the man in form but it’s time for Rohit to take responsibility and he’s drifted to what we think is a generous price.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Chennai Super Kings: Watson 4.25 (Betway), Raina 4.33 (Betway), Rayudu 4.50 (Betfair), Du Plessis 5.50 (Betway), Dhoni 7.00 (Betfair), Billings 7.50 (Betway).
Mumbai Indians: Lewis 4.00 (Betway), Rohit Sharma 4.50 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Yadav 4.50 (Betfair), Kishan 5.50 (Betway), Krunal Pandya 9.00 (Betfair), Hardik Pandya 15.00 (Betfair).
Other Side Bets
There are a number of options for our final tip including some of our favoured punts along with some markets that we don’t usually visit. For example, a change in batting order for Mumbai that takes Rohit Sharma back to the top of the order would make the Indians a good bet as outsiders to provide the highest opening partnership at 1.90 as opposed to the Super Kings 1.80.
Both of those prices are with Betfair who also give the best numbers for an old favourite – most sixes. For some reason, Mumbai are actually favourites here at 1.90 but with Rayudu, Dhoni and others in top power-hitting mode, CSK have to offer some value here at 2.10.
Most Sixes Odds Summary: Chennai Super Kings 2.10 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Mumbai Indians 1.90 (Betfair), The Tie 7.00 (Betfair).
Another powerful contribution from those Super Kings batters is the key to success. Mumbai Indians can always be a threat but form makes it hard to look at anything other than a CSK victory.