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- TATA Indian Premier League
- Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Tuesday May 9, 2023 (3pm UK)
- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
At this stage of the competition, I often find it most interesting to look at the middle of the table.
The top teams are generally pretty comfortable in terms of finals cricket, whereas those further down the ladder face what’s widely known as ‘squeaky bum time’.
That is very much the case for Mumbai and Bangalore, who sit locked together on 10 points after 10 games. Tomorrow’s winner is likely to jump into the top four.
The table alone tells you these two are in similar form, but look deeper and it’s not far off identical of late with them both having lost their last game having each won the one before that.
I’m going to be siding with Mumbai to win this one at 10/11 with Bet Victor. They are my pre-tournament tips, and they’ve looked stronger of late than RCB in posting 200 plus in two of their last three outings, including a victory over Rajasthan at this venue.
This is a high-scoring venue, the Wankhede, so I would be interested in Betfair’s #OddsOnThat selection of 17/10 on both teams to score totals of 180 plus in the match. There is so much batting talent on show across the two teams.
Sticking with the same company, they also have 5/2 on offer for Mumbai to win and both teams to score 170 totals. That is of significant interest too.
Sky’s not the limit for Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav, the Mumbai and India middle order man, is one heck of a player, and he’s in good touch. In his last seven innings, he’s only got less than 20 once. In all, he has posted scores of 43, 7, 57, 23, 55, 66 and 26 from number five.
There are a few prices on his success in this match that I quite like.
The first is the 5/6 bet365 are offering on him to top the 28.5 mark in their player performance markets. The man they call Sky can cover that with the bat alone, but he’s also taken six catches in 10 matches so far. It’s a point a run and 10 per catch.
Ladbrokes have also got him at 11/4 to score a fifty in the match. I would be taking that, as I would the 9/2 with Paddy Power on him to be Mumbai’s top batter.
Let’s hope batters are not Harsh-al on seamer Patel
Bangalore fast bowler Harshal Patel is their second leading wicket-taker with 12 in the competition behind fellow seamer Mohammed Siraj with 15.
He hasn’t had the best of times of late, but has struck once in each of his last two matches. He’s due a performance, and I think it could come here. For me, he’s worth siding with at 10/3 to be his side’s top wicket-taker in the match. That’s a price on offer with Ladbrokes.
He has been regularly used as an impact sub for RCB - I hate that rule by the way - so if he doesn’t get onto the field, you will get your money back.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.