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IPL 2020 Match 5 – Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians Betting Preview

Cricket IPL Betting Tips

The fifth match of the 2020 Indian Premier League is between two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders and the 4-time winners Mumbai Indians. Plenty of world-class players will be on display for both these teams, as they are set to continue their rivalry with another potential blockbuster of a match. Let’s take a look at this match from a betting perspective, with odds provided by Bet365.

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History

These two teams are fierce IPL rivals ever since the first edition back in 2008. Two of India’s largest metropolitan cities, Kolkata and Mumbai have always competed for a lot of different things, but IPL tops the list. Their head to head record has been heavily dominated by Mumbai Indians, who have won 19 out of the 25 matches played, while KKR have only won 6.

Team News

Mumbai Indians will be without the highest wicket taker in IPL history as Lasith Malinga is one of the high-profile names to have pulled out of the tournament, citing personal reasons. However, that blow has been softened by the recent additions of Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile to complement Jasprit Bumrah in attack. The form of Saurabh Tiwary is a good sign for MI, who would be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat on the opening day to CSK.

Kolkata Knight Riders will be buoyed by the return of their big guns, as Pat Cummins (most expensive player at the auction), Tom Banton and Eoin Morgan all make a timely comeback are deemed fit to start, as is the danger man Andre Russel. They also have Lockie Ferguson in their ranks, another potent weapon with the ball.

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

Mumbai Indians are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.80 as per Bet 365. They are the favourites to retain the title this season, and have a very strong and experienced lineup which makes them a force to be reckoned with. KKR to win has odds of 2.00, as per Bet 365, which is not surprising as they have often struggled against MI historically, however, their squad looks strong enough to give a tough fight.

Top Team Batsman

Youngster Shubman Gill is the favourite to be KKR’s top scorer in this match, as he is widely considered to be their most consistent batsman and has odds of 4.33. England captain Morgan and danger man Andre Russel have odds of 4.50 each.

Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma are both joint favourite from MI to be the top scorers, with odds of 3.75, and both are expected to give a solid start again. Chris Lynn might return for this clash and has odds of 5.00, the same as Suryakumar Yadav.

Highest Opening Partnership

MI are favourites at 1.80 to have the highest opening partnership in this match, largely due to their extremely experienced and devastating opening pair in Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock, unlike the Knight Riders who are yet to decide their opening combination.

Top Team Bowler

Both the primary pacers of each team, Pat Cummins (3.50) and Bumrah (3.00) are the favourites to be the top team bowlers of their respective teams. Sunil Narine of KKR is their second favourite with odds of 4.00, as per Bet 365.

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than just 320.5 runs in this match are 1.83, as per Bet 365. Both these teams have enough talent and deep batting lineups, and hence can easily score past the average required score per team i.e. 161 in this case. This is a winnable bet as there are many lower order batting options for both these teams.

Individual Player Betting

  • Rohit Sharma score more than 22.5 runs has odds of 1.83 , which is again a very attractive bet as he would be looking to bounce back with a big innings. Shubman Gill to score more than 21.5 runs has odds of 1.83 as well, which is a fair shout considering he is in form.
  • Andre Russel to hit the highest number of sixes has odds of 4.00, which is extremely tempting as he can go berserk with the bat and is one of the hardest hitters of the white ball.
  • Jasprit Bumrah to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.10, while Cummins to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.50. Krunal Pandya to take just 1 wicket has odds of 1.83.

Our Top Betting Picks

  • KKR to win the match @2.00
  • Andre Russel to hit the most sixes @4.00
  • MI Highest Opening Partnership @1.80
  • Pat Cummins to take 2 or more wickets @2.50.
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