I’m about to offer you the best tips for IPL betting ahead of Friday’s match in Brabourne. There’s the latest GT vs MI betting tips as well as the all-important online cricket betting opportunities ahead of the game.
The match starts on Friday, May 6 at 7.30 pm IST and pits high-flying Gujarat against a Mumbai side who finally got some points on the board at the weekend but has after all been struggling all season.
With the odds pretty even on the two, it makes sense to go with the side who has been far more consistent, is much higher up the table and is in the habit of winning. And that’s definitely Gujarat, who are still top and closing in on a Top 2 finish.
I’ll also have my usual toss winner pick and the GT vs MI betting odds for my Hot Bet: a third tip at bigger odds than usual.
Read on to find out which uncapped and somewhat little-known GT batsman I think can top score for them at big odds.
Gujarat are slight favourites here and the expression ‘one swallow doesn’t make a summer’ comes to mind.
By that we mean that Gujarat have been pretty good all season or else they wouldn’t be top of the table, would they? Even though they did put in a below-par performance on Tuesday, probably their worst of the season.
Mumbai on the other hand have had a disastrous campaign and we shouldn’t read too much into the fact that they finally got a win under their belts at the ninth(!) time of asking.
So with the odds pretty even, go with the side who is 14 points better off (admittedly with a game in hand) and who has arguably the best bowling attack of anyone this IPL.
If Mumbai win, good on them.
But let’s remember who’s been by far the better side with 2/3 of the Group Stages gone. And it’s not Mumbai!
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20-year old Sai Sudharsan came good last time out with 65 off 50, top-scoring for Gujarat and remaining unbeaten.
It was perhaps a sign of things to come.
He’d been a bit quiet in his first few matches, with scores of 35, 11 and 20, but he really showed there’s something about him in that knock against Punjab, though he did end up on the losing side.
Below we discuss how Gujarat look better suited to batting him at three with Pandya at four and that’s probably how they’ll go about things for the remainder of the tournament.
One of the things we discuss in our top batsman betting guide are batsmen with limited reputations who are at far bigger odds than they should be for top batsman, especially when they bat quite high up the order.
With that in mind, Sudharsan will probably bat at three again, has something about him and is fresh from a really good knock.
So win or lose, odds of 8.12 are much bigger than they should be and that will do us just fine for this GT vs MI betting tip.
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But perhaps that’s not surprising. They’d won quite a few games from almost impossible positions before going down in this one so they were due a loss.
Defending just 143 against Punjab, they had a bad day with the bat to get to a below par score and with Punjab showing proper aggression in the chase for the first time in a while, Gujarat ended up losing comfortably.
But what was interesting wasn’t so much the manner of the defeat as the thinking behind wanting to bat first.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with assessing conditions on the day and deciding that on this particular occasion it’s best to bat first.
But what was curious was that Titans’ skipper Hardik Pandya said at the toss that he wanted to bat as practice for bigger games ahead.
Surely the important thing for them is that they carry on winning matches, close in on a Top 2 finish and then worry about batting first when the situation arises, which it will at some stage.
Again, we’re not saying that they would have won if they’d chased because we’ll never know what would have happened if they’d fielded first here.
What we’re saying is that it’s strange thinking that they didn’t want to give themselves the best chance of winning the match on the day rather than worrying about the long-term.
It may come back to bite them.
For what it’s worth, Sai Sudharsan played a good knock with 65 off 50 and Rashid Khan was his usual economical self in conceding just 21 off for overs, albeit without taking a wicket.
Let’s wait and see if they bounce back from this or if it’s a turning point in their campaign.
Gujarat are one of the sides who make less changes from game to game so it would be a surprise if they made any changes ahead of this one in terms of the XI who take to the field.
But the decision to play Sudharsan at three with Pandya at four, looks a good one.
It’s worth remembering that at Mumbai Pandya often batted at five or six, so number three looks a place too high for him.
Player to Watch: Rashid Khan
It’s been quite an uncharacteristic tournament for Rashid Khan so far.
His economy rate has been excellent as usual at below seven an over but nine wickets in 10 matches is below his usual standard in terms of taking wickets.
That said, he’s also made some contributions with the bat to get his side home in a couple of matches, which hasn’t always happened with him in the IPL over the years.
So it’s nice for him and the Titans that he’s been making some contributions with bat as well as ball.
But despite being quite a few wickets behind Mohammed Shami (he has nine, Shami has 15), he’s still the 3.6 favourite to be their top bowler, and is also 13.0 to be man-of-the-match in this match.
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Whatever happens from hereon, Mumbai won’t be the first ever side to finish an IPL season with zero wins!
Their victory came at the ninth time of asking and interestingly, came against one of the better sides in the tournament: Rajasthan.
They chased 159 pretty comfortably after a good bowling performance where Riley Meredith was particularly impressive with 2-24. Their season may have turned out differently if they’d played him more a bit earlier.
Sky Yadav was his usual reliable self in the chase to get 51 off 39 and the man-of-the-match award.
As we said here in this assessment of Mumbai’s failure a couple of weeks ago, it’s certainly not his fault that they’re in the position that they’re in.
Speaking of team changes, this was the first match in a while where they played middle-order smashers Daniel Sams and Tim David.
Sams was good with the ball in taking 1-32 and hit the first ball he faced for six to seal the deal and win the match.
But David played his part, too.
His 20 off nine meant there was no last over drama that could have gone either way and maybe Mumbai will look back at this season and wonder if they shouldn’t have played Sams and David a bit more.
Youngster Dewald Brevis missed out in the last match and may have to wait for his next chance but there’s no doubt we’ll see plenty more from him in future IPL seasons.
Player to Watch: Daniel Sams
Sams has been doing the business with the ball for the Sydney Thunder on a consistent basis in the Big Bash League in the last few seasons, including being the top wicket-taker in the BBL in the 2019-20 season.
And over the last two years, he’s also played some important knocks with the bat.
That is after all why Mumbai paid the big bucks to get him on board for 2022.
But it’s been an up and down season for him.
He was part of the team that lost all those early matches and he’ll look back at his performances and feel he could have done a bit better.
Yes, he’s got seven wickets in six games which is pretty good but an economy rate of 10.47 is far from good.
But since being recalled he’s improved with the ball and if he can start contributing with the bat as well may become a really important all-rounder for them in the next few years, especially seeing as Kieron Pollard seems to be on the way down.
Betway make it 17.0 that he wins his first-ever IPL man of the match award here.