Mumbai Indians will go head on with Chennai Super Kings in the first match of the Indian Premier League 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi, on September 19, Saturday.
The arch rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will collide in the first game of the most prolific T20 competition of the globe - the very entertaining - Indian Premier League. The four-time champions vs the three-time champions, this encounter has every bit of spice in it and as always, it promises to be a nail-biting one. The first match of the tournament will set the tone for the remainder of the competition and one can be rest assured about the same. Every single time these two sides have clashed, we have chewed our nails off to the last cuticle. So you can understand how electric things become when Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings! The long awaited Indian Premier League is finally here and we cannot wait for the matches to start and our pockets to get filled with cash. Of course I have unearthed three of the best team markets to bet on and I am going to take you through them one by one:
It actually struck me hard when I saw the squad of Chennai Super Kings and realised that they will be playing this edition of the IPL with a depleted squad. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have only strengthened their squad further for this forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. The two teams have met on 30 occasions in the past and Mumbai Indians have emerged victorious 18 times, leaving only 12 wins for the Super Kings. In the last 9 head-to-head matches between these top sides, Mumbai Indians have won 8 times. Yes, 8 times, are you finding it hard to believe? The two teams have played one game in the United Arab Emirates and Chennai Super Kings had won that game but it was 6 years ago. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have never played at this venue and when they do on Saturday it looks like the four-time champions are going to take their winning streak to 6. Dafabet are offering generous odds of 1.74 for a Mumbai Indians win and I have already done my part.
IPL and sixes go hand in hand and the grounds here in Dubai are not that big, so you can expect plenty of sixes in the 13th edition of this glorious competition as well. When it comes to hitting sixes, Mumbai Indians seem to be winning this race as well against Chennai Super Kings. As you already know that Mumbai Indians and the Super Kings have clashed 30 times in the past and the former have managed to smash 202 sixes, which is an average of almost 7 sixes per game. Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, have managed 163 sixes in as many matches against their arch rivals. In the last five head-to-head matches, Mumbai Indians have clobbered 29 sixes whereas Chennai Super Kings have managed 26 of them. In the previous season of the IPL, Mumbai Indians, who were the champions, smashed 115 sixes and Chennai Super Kings could only hit 89 of them. Rohit Sharma is the fifth highest six hitter in the history of the IPL with 194 sixes and Kieron Pollard has occupied the ninth spot with 176 sixes. Mumbai Indians do have more serious hitters in their ranks like Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock and more. Dafabet is offering wonderful odds of 1.97 for Mumbai Indians to hit more sixes in the game and this is a brilliant opportunity to mint money.
After a long wait, the Board of Control for Cricket in India finally decided to host the 13th edition in the United Arab Emirates. That would certainly make the jobs of the curators of the three venues across the country really really tough. However, the wickets in Dubai have been hot and cold and I have a hunch, the bowlers are going to rule this forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League. The average 1st innings total at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi is just 137 in T20 internationals and that more or less gave me an idea how sluggish the wicket is going to be. Moreover, in the 30 head-to-head encounters between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, the first innings total has remained below 165 runs on a staggering 14 occasions. The last three head-to-head meetings between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings produced low-scoring cliffhangers and unsurprisingly the first innings total remained under 165 runs. Bet 365 is offering odds of 1.83 for the first innings total to be under 165 runs in the first match of the IPL 2020 and I am backing this market
Mumbai Indians to win - @ 1.74 (Dafabet)
Mumbai Indians to hit more sixes - @ 1.97 (Dafabet)
1st innings score to be under 164.5 runs - @ 1.72 (Bet 365)