There are very few certainties in T20 cricket but these two sides carry an element of reliability. Almost every year it seems that Mumbai will start the tournament slowly while RCB always let you down.
The two teams meet in Bangalore on Tuesday and although we are only at the halfway point for most sides, this is looking like a must win with both franchises having picked up just four points from their first seven matches.
Their records are equally poor at this stage of the competition but it’s the Royal Challengers who have the slight edge in this market, starting as favourites at 1.80 with Betway. Mumbai Indians follow at 2.05 with Betfair and there are plenty of reasons why the outsiders can cause an upset.
If you believe in momentum then Rohit Sharma’s Indians have the edge here having beaten previous league leaders CSK on Saturday while the Royal Challengers went down to Kolkata on the following day. Then there is the question of AB De Villiers who missed that defeat with a viral fever. RCB had better balance with two overseas bowlers but with AB missing and Brendon McCullum out of touch, they are weak at the top and Mumbai have the capacity to exploit that.
Match Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.80 (Betway), Mumbai Indians 2.05 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick).
Once again, Virat Kohli stood alone for RCB while others failed to impress and it’s therefore no surprise to see the skipper start as favourite to score most runs against Mumbai at 2.75 with Betway. AB De Villiers, if he comes in, will be an option at 3.20 with Betfair while Quinton De Kock and Brendon McCullum are both at 4.50 with Betfair again.
As in previous years, the Royal Challengers need more support from their middle order so there is pressure on Manan Vohra at 8.00 with Betway and Mandeep Singh who is way out at 15.00 with Betfair.
Mumbai made an overdue decision to bring in JP Duminy against CSK but it was a little surprising to see Kieron Pollard drop to the dugout while Evin Lewis stayed in. Duminy wasn’t required to bat but we can probably expect the same side to face Bangalore and for the Indians, it’s Lewis who starts as favourite to top score for his team at 4.00 with Betway.
Skipper Rohit Sharma delivered the profits with a half century against Chennai and he can be picked up at a generous 4.50 with Betfair while Suryakumar Yadav remains consistent and looks even more tempting at 4.75 with Betway.
Options for Mumbai in the middle order include Duminy at 9.00 with Betfair while Krunal Pandya at 10.00 and Hardik Pandya at 21.00, both with Betway, could offer exceptional value in the late overs.
Our overall preference from these two markets would have been for Kohli but he looks too short as he dominates for RCB. Instead, we will switch to Mumbai where Suryakumar Yadav has been so consistent and 4.75 is an excellent price considering his record at IPL 11.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli 2.75 (Betway), De Villiers 3.20 (Betfair), De Kock 4.50 (Betfair), McCullum 4.50 (Betfair), Vohra 8.00 (Betway), Mandeep Singh 15.00 (Betfair).
Mumbai Indians: Lewis 4.00 (Betway), Rohit Sharma 4.50 (Betfair), Yadav 4.75 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Duminy 9.00 (Betfair), Krunal Pandya 10.00 (Betway), Hardik Pandya 21.00 (Betway).
Other Side Bets
It’s been a very comprehensive review so far so we will quickly finish with a final tip which we think carries some excellent value. Mayank Markande has been Mumbai’s breakthrough bowler at IPL 11 and while Jasprit Bumrah starts as a short favourite at 4.00 with Betway to return best figures for his side, Markande is a generous pick at 5.00 with Betway again.
Kohli is a key wicket but in general I just expect those Mumbai bowlers to keep it tight and get their side over the line in a vital game.
Mumbai Indians Top Bowler Odds Summary: Bumrah 4.00 (Betway), McClenaghan 4.50 (Betfair), Markande 5.00 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Krunal Pandya 5.00 (Betfair), Hardik Pandya 5.50 (Betway).