THE EDGE: Our cricket tipster The Edge previews Saturday’s IPL clash between Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings with a recommended BETDAQ bet.
We have another blockbuster weekend at the IPL on BETDAQ Betting Exchange! We have two double headers across Saturday and Sunday as we are still settling into the tournament – it feels a while ago since we started last Friday! Mumbai Indians clash with Chennai Super Kings on Saturday in undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend. These two are the most success teams in the IPL – Mumbai Indians have won five titles and CSK have won four. But times change quickly in sport, and they finish last and second last in the group stage last season. They were both as bad as each other, and spent the tournament adrift at the bottom of the table.
We used to have some real star power in both sides. Remember Lasith Maglia running in for Mumbai at the peak of his powers and then CSK have had some stars over the years. Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum spring to mind but even further back they had the great Matt Hayden when the IPL is new! Their favourite, MS Dhoni, is still there and he leads the side again this year. It’s hard not to like him – he is an all-time great after all. He came in at the end and hit a few sixes and CSK posted 217/7 when winning their second game.
You’d still have to worry about the CSK bowling, they have conceded 182/5 and 205/7, however the Mumbai batting didn’t fire at all against RCB. I feel Rohit Sharma has to carry the batting this season for them to be successful, and that’s a lot of pressure. The major worry about the Mumbai Indians this season however is their bowling – it looks very weak on paper. This should be a fascinating game, and you’d have to say the loser will be on the backfoot even so early in the tournament.
WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:
This is the first game at the Wankhede. Unlike most of the other grounds this season, because last year’s IPL was focused mainly in Mumbai we have a lot of ground data here. Because of a sheer volume of games here last season, we do have a range of scores. In general, it was high scoring – we had a game with 222/2 posted in the first inning for example. However, always be aware that we can get a spinning wicket in Mumbai. We had scores of 131/5, 137 all out, 97 all out and 133/5 here last season as well. I feel this best option is to just make sure we don’t have much spin in the wicket early, then we’re looking at 180+.
A new season brings new hope, and that is definitely the case for these two sides. CSK have started on the better foot though, and I would sorry about Mumbai again based on their opening performance against RCB. They didn’t bat or bowl well – I know when you see a score of 170+ you can’t say they didn’t bat well, but that’s a low score in Bangalore. Maybe with home advantage they can improve, but the CSK batting looks in a confident mood and the Mumbai bowling is a serious worry. I was surprised to see CSK trading as high as 1.95 – I felt they would be the clear favourites here, and I’m very happy to take the 1.95.
The Edge Says:
Three points win Chennai Super Kings to beat Mumbai Indians at 1.95 with Betdaq Exchange
View the market here -> https://betdaq.biz/MumChe
As this is the first game at the Wankhede, I would just take the time to confirm conditions. As I said above, we can get a big spinning wicket here which will change the game. Usually, the wicket is good for batting and you want to look for trades on the batting side. I would expect decent conditions to start the tournament, and perhaps we can see spin as the tournament goes on. I feel the best angle here will be getting on the CSK batting because the Mumbai bowling looked poor against RCB and they look poor on paper too – it could be another long season for Mumbai.