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IPL 2020 Match 48 – Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Betting Preview

Cricket IPL Betting Tips

The 48th match of the 2020 Indian Premier League is between 2 arch-rivals who are currently joint-top of the league table. MI are on top of the table on NRR, and RCB are currently second. A win today could go a long way in ensuring a top 2 finish for either of these teams. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective, with odds provided by LeoVegas India

Our Top Betting Picks:

  • MI to win the match @1.80
  • MI to hit the most sixes @1.66
  • RCB to have the Highest Opening Partnership @2.00
  • Chahal to be RCB’s top bowler @3.25
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FAQ

Why should I bet on MI to win this match @1.80 ?
MI are the favourites to win this match, as they had won 4 matches in a row before tying their previous match against KXIP and then beat CSK by 10 wickets. They lost their last match, but still posted an impressive total, unlike RCB who crumbled against CSK.
Why should I bet on MI to hit the most sixes @1.66 ?
MI have plenty of big-hitting batsmen across their batting order and we expect plenty of sixes from the Men In Blue in this match. The Pandya brothers, Rohit Sharma, Pollard and De Kock all are known for their big hits.
Why should I bet on Chahal to be RCB’s top bowler @3.25 ?
Chahal has been bamboozling batsmen throughout the season with his impressive variations. He has picked up several wickets and is RCB’s top bowler this season.

History

Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in IPL history, with 4 titles. RCB have managed to reach the final on more than one occasion, but are yet to actually win the title. These two teams have faced each other 28 times in total, out of which Mumbai have won 18 times, and RCB could only muster 10 wins. However, earlier this season RCB managed to beat Mumbai Indians after a thrilling super over finish. They both have endured mixed results of late, and this is a crunch match to decide who qualifies among the top 2.

Team News

MI are currently sitting second in the league table, with 5 wins in 7 matches. After a couple of damaging defeats to arch-rivals CSK and RCB, MI recovered well to put up a mammoth score against Sunrisers Hyderabad, highlighting their deep batting line-up. 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.

They recorded an impressive win against the current table-toppers DC and followed that up with another dominant win over KKR. However, they lost in dramatic fashion against KXIP, as the matched ended with 2 super overs ! They bounced back straight away with a dominating 10 wicket victory over CSK. However, they were then humbled by RR who chased down a big score.

RCB had a nightmare start to the tournament in contrast, being thrashed by KXIP by a mammoth 97 runs in their opening game. However, they bounced back well with impressive victories over Hyderabad and Mumbai. Virat Kohli finally delivered after 3 poor performances, and he along with the very impressive Devdutt Padikkal took RCB to glory against the Rajasthan Royals.

However, Delhi Capitals beat RCB by a huge margin after that. Kohli again hit top gear to hit a match-winning knock as RCB defeated CSK comfortably.  A vintage ABD blast got RCB another impressive victory over KKR, to put them 3rd in the table. They lost to bottom of the table KXIP, but managed to retain their 3rd place in the league table. This was followed by a 22 ball blast by ABD (55*) that led RCB to an impressive win against RR. In their previous match they restricted KKR to a mere 82, and chased it down to win by 8 wickets. They lost their last match, however, as Chennai Super Kings cruised to a comfortable win.

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

MI are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.80 as per LeoVegas, which is not surprising considering they are in decent form of late comparatively, with 4 wins in their last 6 matches. RCB have also won 3 of their last 5 matches, however they lost their last match to CSK, and are 2.00 to win this crunch match.

Top Team Batsman

Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma are again favourites from MI to be the top scorers, with odds of 3.60 and 3.50 respectively, and both are expected to give a solid start again, provided Rohit is fit. Suryakumar Yadav has been very consistent after them and is 4.50 to be the top scorer in this match.

Captain Virat Kohli is the favourite from RCB to be the top scorer as he is now back in form, with odds of 3.25. AB Devilliers is 3.75 to finish as the top scorer again. He went berserk against the RR bowlers with sixes all over the pitch in trademark style. Youth sensation Devdutt Padikkal has been in brilliant form and is 4.00 to be the top scorer as per LeoVegas.

Highest Opening Partnership

MI are favourites at 1.80 to have the highest opening partnership in this match. This is primarily because they have a fixed opening pair, who have both been prolific this season. RCB to have the highest opening partnership at 2.00 is also quite tempting, as Finch and Padikkal have given them plenty of solid starts.

Top Team Bowler

Jasprit Bumrah is MI’s favourite to be the top bowler with odds of just 3.50, a testament to his wicket taking ability in the death overs. Followed by Trent Boult at 4.00. 

Yuzvendra Chahal is the undisputed favourite to be RCB’s top bowler in this match, with odds of 3.25 after a wicket-laden tournament so far. He is followed by Christ Morris at 4.00, who finally made his much-awaited RCB debut and enjoyed a wicket-laden spell.  

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 336.5 runs in this match are 1.71, as per LeoVegas. This seems highly achievable as both these teams have some brilliant batsmen and are known for posting huge totals.

Individual Player Betting

  • Virat Kohli to score more than 30.5 runs has odds of 1.87, which is also a tempting bet as he would like to continue his current form. Quinton De Kock to score more than 25.5 runs has odds of 1.87 as per LeoVegas , which is a tempting bet as he would like to give another quick start to his team as always
  • Mumbai to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.66, which is understandable as they have several players who can clear the ropes. The Pandya brothers, Rohit Sharma, Pollard and De Kock all are known for their big hits. RCB to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.65, which is understandable as they only have ABD and Finch who prefer the aerial route more often than not.
  • Chahal to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.20, which is attractive as he can snap up key middle-over wickets. Curran to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.40, which is attractive as he can bowl in the powerplay as well as death overs.

Our Top Betting Picks

  • MI to win the match @1.80
  • MI to hit the most sixes @1.66
  • RCB to have the Highest Opening Partnership @2.00
  • Chahal to be RCB’s top bowler @3.25
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Dream 11 Preview

Our Dream XI team for this match is top-heavy with 1 wicket-keepers, 6 batsmen, 1 all-rounder and 3 bowlers.

Wicket Keeper – De Kock


Quinton De Kock is a very explosive opener who can destroy teams in the powerplay overs, and is 3.60 to be MI’s top scorer in this match. We have made him our VC.

Batsmen

Virat Kohli seems to be back in top form now, and is 3.25 to be RCB’s top batsman. Hence, we have captained him as we expect another top innings from him in this match. Padikkal is our second pick from RCB as he has been fairly consistent all season and can be very destructive. We also have his opening partner Finch. Hardik Pandya smashed a 21 ball 60* in the previous match, and we have taken him for that, while Surya Kumar Yadav is the third favourite at 5.00, followed by Saurabh Tiwary.


All-Rounders

We have taken just 1 bowling-all-rounder from RCB for our squad. Chris Morris is very important with the ball and can also be very handy with the bat. He is an extremely valuable addition to our team.

Bowling

Our bowling line-up is led by Chahal (3.25 to be RCB’s top bowler), who is in exceptional form. We also have the lethal pair of Bumrah and Boult to complete our formidable bowling line-up.


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Akshay Malhotra

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