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IPL 2020 Match 20 – Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals Betting Preview

Cricket IPL Betting Tips

The 20th match of the 2020 Indian Premier League is between the first ever winners of the tournament i.e. Rajasthan Royals, and the most successful side in the history of the tournament Mumbai Indians. Both these teams have had reasonably strong starts to this campaign, and would like that to continue, as they hope to finish in the top 4 this season. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective, with odds provided by Bet365 India.

Our Top Betting Picks:

  • RR to win the match @2.30
  • MI to hit the most sixes @1.80
  • MI to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.90
  • Archer to be RR’s top wicket-taker @3.00
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History

Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in IPL history, winning their 4th title last season. Rajasthan Royals won the first ever IPL title in 2008, but have struggled ever since. These 2 teams have faced off 21 times in total, with both winning 10 matches each, with one match being abandoned. Last season, however, the Royals defeated the eventual champions Mumbai in both fixtures.

Team News

MI are currently sitting 2nd in the league table, with 3 wins in 5 matches. After a couple of damaging defeats to arch-rivals CSK and RCB, MI recovered well to put up a mammoth scored against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous game, highlighting their deep batting lineup. Rohit Sharma and De Kock both have played some big innings each, but the most encouraging aspect is the form of their middle and lower batting order, with Pollard and the Pandya brothers helping them explode towards the end.

Rajasthan Royals started IPL 2020 with a bang, winning their first 2 matches in dramatic fashion, scoring over 400 runs in the process. Their top order has been fairly consistent while Jofra Archer has been absolutely brilliant with the bat as well as ball. The return of Ben Stokes will make them an even more formidable unit. However, they have lost their last 2 matches in a row, and are currently 5th in the table.

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

Mumbai Indians are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.66 as per Bet 365, which is not surprising as they seem to have regained top form just in time. They crossed the 200 matk against SRH in the previous match, and their batting line up is one of the strongest and deepest in the league. RR to win has odds of 2.30, which is not surprising as they have lost their last 2 games in a row.

Top Team Batsman

Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma are again favourites from MI to be the top scorers, with odds of 3.40 and 3.30 respectively, and both are expected to give a solid start again. Suryakumar Yadav has been very consistent after them and is 5.00 to be the top scorer in this match, while the top scorer of the previous match Ishan Kishan is at 6.00.

Jos Buttler is unsurprisingly the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 3.40. His opening partner Sanju Samson has odds of 4.00, while the dependable Steve Smith also has odds of 4.00. Both these bets are very attractive as Smith and Samson are in tremendous form.

Highest Opening Partnership

Both these teams are equally poised at 1.90 to have the highest opening partnership in this match, as all the openers are in great form so far. Rohit and De Kock are both explosive openers while Buttler and Smith are more than capable of posting massive partnership scores and are very consistent.

Top Team Bowler

Jasprit Bumrah is MI’s favourite to be the top bowler with odds of just 3.00, a testament to his wicket taking ability in the death overs. Followed by Trent Boult at 4.00

Jofra Archer is the favourite to be the top bowler from RR at 3.25, followed by Tom Curran at 4.33 and Shreyas Gopal at 4.50.

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 323.5 runs in this match are 1.72, as per Bet 365. This is a pretty attractive bet as both these teams seem to easily post massive scores. Mumbai scored over 200 in their previous match while Rajasthan posted 200+ scores in their first two matches.

Individual Player Betting

  • Rohit Sharma to score more than 26.5 runs has odds of 1.83 , which is a tempting bet as he would like to continue his prolific form. Jos Buttler to score more than 26.5 runs has odds of 2.00, which is again very tempting as he would like to continue his form from the last game.
  • MI to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.90, which is very tempting as Pollard and Kishan can slam plemty of sixes among them, and they also have Rohit and Pandya for six hitting duties. RR to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.37, which depends mainly on Buttler and Samson.
  • Jofra Archer to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.20, while Jasprit Bumrah to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.10. Both these bets are very likely as they are the top wicket-takers of their respective teams.

Our Top Betting Picks

  • RR to win the match @2.30
  • MI to hit the most sixes @1.80
  • MI to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.90
  • Archer to be RR’s top wicket-taker @3.00
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Dream 11 Preview

Our Dream XI team for this match is quite balanced with 2 wicket-keepers, 3 batsmen, all-rounders and 3 bowlers:

Wicket Keeper – Jos Buttler and Quinton De Kock

Jos Buttler and Quinton De Kock are both explosive openers who can single-handedly turn the course of a match. Both are similar with their quick starts and capability of playing massive innings. Buttler is the favourite to be the top RR batsman, and hence we have made him our vice-captain for 1.5x points.

Batsmen

Rohit Sharma is MI’s favourite to be the top batsman at 3.30, therefore we have captained him, while Surya Kumar Yadav is the third favourite at 5.00. Both of them make their way in our team, as does Steve Smith, who is the most consistent batsman in this match. This means we have the top 3 favourites of both these teams in our Dream 11 team.


All-Rounders

We have 3 all-rounders for added balance, with Hardik Pandya guaranteeing points with the bat as well as ball. Mahipal Lomror scored 47 runs in the previous match, while Rahul Tewatia now bats at number 4 and can also pick up wickets occasionally.

Bowling

Our bowling lineup is undoubtedly led by Jofra Archer, who is in exceptional form. Trent Boult is an equally lethal weapon, and Pattinson completes our formidable bowling lineup.

FAQ

Why should I bet on Rajasthan Royals to win this match at 2.30?
Rajasthan Royals possess enough firepower in their squad to trouble the MI bowlers, and would be looking to bounce back after a disappointing couple of defeats. The odds are attractive for a squad which is equally strong on paper.
Why should I bet on over 323.5 runs at 1.72?
Mumbai Indians scored 207 runs in their previous match, while Royals scored 200+ in their first two matches. Both these teams are batting-centric, and will easily score beyond 162 runs each.
Why should I bet on MI to have the highest opening partnership when the odds are equal for RR?
While the odds are equal, Buttler and Smith haven’t had a big partnership yet, while Rohit and De Kock have consistently had decent partnerships.

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Akshay Malhotra

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