The weekend has arrived which means we have a double header of action in the Indian Premier League with the first match of the day a very important one for the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Daredevils as they go in search of a maiden win in this IPL campaign.
Both teams go into this match having lost their first two games this season. While there is a lot of cricket to be played after this game, neither side will want to begin the campaign with three defeats on the trot therefore this should be a hugely competitive opener to what could be a super Saturday.
It has been a worrying start for the Mumbai Indians to the defence of the Indian Premier League title. I say that because although they have had a chance to win both matches the way they have surrendered under pressure does not bode well for them. That said they are no strangers to slow starts so they shouldn’t panic just yet.
The biggest concern the champions have is that their batting lineup yet to fire in the competition. I thought going into the tournament but they were a batsman light and the injury to Hardik Pandya has not helped that at all. By and large their bowling has been acceptable although we would expect that given the quality that they have at their disposal.
It is hard to really assess the Delhi Daredevils after their two matches. I say that because in the first game they were without their best player Glenn Maxwell and in the second one the rain had such an impact on the overall outcome that to judge them on that would be unfair. That said they have shown signs of being exposed.
The big problem for Delhi so far has been their bowling attack. Trent Boult has bowled well but he has not really been given much support and that is going to put an awful lot of pressure on their batsmen if that continues throughout the season. That is fine if their power players catch fire but if they don’t Gautam Gambhir is going to have to score a lot of runs quicker than he would like.
It would appear that Hardik Pandya is still not fit to return for the Mumbai Indians. That means that Ben Cutting is likely to get another chance in what could well be an unchanged side for the home team.
I wouldn’t think Delhi Daredevils would make too many changes to their side. Who knows how their last match would have gone but for the rain but the same eleven should be given the chance to put things right.
We’ve seen so far in this competition that betting on the match outcome before the result of the toss is known is a dangerous thing. Every match has been won by the chasing side so far apart from Delhi’s last game which was heavily rain affected so I wouldn’t want to be betting without knowing who wins the toss particularly here where the ground is so hard to defend.
With that in mind I’m going to go to the side markets for a bet with the market in question being the total sixes one. The line is 13.5 which on the face of it looks high but we saw in the last game when Dwayne Bravo was spraying balls into the crowd that this is a small boundary and that the ball flies on what is usually a good batting wicket. We have plenty of power hitters on show from Evin Lewis to Keiron Pollard as well as Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris and others. Neither bowling attack is really functioning to its maximum just yet so the batsman should enjoy themselves here and the sixes should flow accordingly.
WON – Back Over 13.5 sixes for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Betfair
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