- TATA Indian Premier League
- Wednesday May 3, 2023 (11am and 3pm UK)
All four of the teams involved in this midweek double header day are still in the title shake-up; Lucknow, Chennai, Punjab and Mumbai.
But it has certainly got to that stage of the competition where you look at certain games and think, ‘They have to win that one or else’. And that is how I see it for Mumbai Indians.
They have played a game less than a number of teams above them, but win this one against Punjab and they will believe anything is possible. Lose it, and they will have a mountain to climb.
Lucknow Super Giants v Chennai Super Kings, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow (11am)
I’m going to side with Lucknow to win at 11/10 with Ladbrokes.
They lost on Sunday to Bangalore, bowled out for 108 and losing talismanic opener KL Rahul to injury. But the game before that, on Friday against Punjab, they clobbered 257-5. Let’s hope Sunday was just a one-off nightmare day.
They should have enough to cover Rahul’s absence. I’m not sure he will, but someone like a Marcus Stoinis could open the batting for example.
Lucknow hit 14 sixes in that Punjab game, while in posting 200-4 in defeat to the same opponents on Sunday Chennai only hit six sixes.
I would, therefore, be taking the 5/4 bet365 have on LSG to hit most sixes in this match.
Punjab Kings v Mumbai Indians, IS Bindra Cricket Stadium, Mohali (3pm)
You usually see a side emerge from the pack to make a late run for the finals, and I’m hoping it will be Mumbai this time around following my pre-tournament tip on them to win the title.
I’m going to side with them to beat a Punjab team who sit on 10 points (five wins) after nine games, two above Mumbai (eight points, four wins) having played one game more.
On Saturday, Mumbai chased 214 to beat Rajasthan, with Tim David crashing three sixes in the last over when 17 were needed.
They are 10/11 with William Hill amongst others to beat a Punjab team who have been on a win one, lose one run for the last six games. But I think Mumbai will ride with the momentum created by Saturday’s David inspired heist.
I’m also going to suggest success isn’t far away for their eye-catching opener Ishan Kishan.
The India left-hander, blisteringly destructive at his best, hasn’t yet hit top form in this IPL. But, equally, he hasn’t been woefully out of form with scores of 10, 32, 31, 58, 38, 1, 13 and 28.
I think he is closing in on a big knock and will side with him to do it against the Kings.
Betfair Sportsbook have him at 3/1 to be Mumbai’s top run-scorer in the match, while Ladbrokes - in their Wincasts selections - are also offering an enticing 9/2 for Kishan to score a fifty and Mumbai to win.
If you want to have a dabble on the double, then Ladbrokes are offering 3/1 on Lucknow and Mumbai to win tomorrow. I’d be getting on board with that.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.