We’re at Abu Dhabi for the very first time of this edition of the 2021 Indian Premier League and there’s plenty of IPL betting tips to come! This match will be played on 23 September, with a start time of 7:30 pm IST.
If you like online cricket betting on Indian websites, read on because we have the best Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders betting tips coming up next.
Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders Betting Odds
Up next, our free cricket betting predictions for today’s IPL match! I believe Mumbai will win this and when I tell you what their head-to-head record is in this fixture over the years, hopefully, you’ll see why I say that!
There’s also a good tip on an in-form spinner to be the top bowler for his side.
Mumbai Indians will be very disappointed by the way they let that game against CSK get away from them on Sunday.
They started brilliantly, dismissing du Plessis, Ali and Rayudu all for ducks and putting the Super Kings under the utmost pressure.
But the man they didn’t dismiss was Ruturaj Gaikwad. They let him grow in confidence and by the time he’d scored 88 not out, CSK had a good score on the board.
Only Saurabh Tiwary really got going in scoring an unlikely 50 in reply but no-one else hung around, and they ended up losing by 20 runs.
True that CSK are arguably the best side in the competition this year but this defeat puts them under a bit of pressure. Another slip-up and they’ll find themselves outside the Playoff places, while they’re normally used to being in the Top 2.
Kieron Pollard captained the side last time in the absence of Rohit Sharma, who was out with a slight niggle.
How they could have done with mature innings from Sharma at the top of the order last Sunday.
He’ll return here with Ammolpreet Singh making way.
KKR will be pleased about playing in Abu Dhabi once again, seeing as it was here that they put in that near-perfect performance against RCB.
KKR did bowl beautifully but RCB batsmen were guilty of throwing their wicket away on plenty of occasions.
So it’s hard to know what a par score might be but both sides would probably want to have a target to go for, so both are likely to want to chase.
Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders Head-to-Head
This is one of the most one-sided encounters not just in the IPL but one of the most one-sided matches in the whole of cricket. Mumbai are 22-6 up from 28 matches and that includes having won 12 of the last 13.
You could forgive Kolkata for going into this one without any confidence at all.
Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders Toss Prediction
Mumbai are just about ahead over the years. And Rohit Sharma generally has a good record at the toss so I’m going with MI to win the toss.
Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders Winner Prediction
Doesn’t 1,76 look a big price for a side with a 22-6 head-to-head record in their favour?
It does to me. Yes, KKR are fresh from an excellent win against RCB but one swallow doesn’t make a summer.
And Mumbai do admittedly look a fair bit weaker than they have done over the past couple of years. But they’ll remember how well they did last year over here in the UAE and should really make the playoffs one way, or another.
It would be no surprise if this match and a win here was to be the start of a really good run.
Besides, the only difference between winning and losing that game against CSK was the brilliant batting of Gaikwad. Had they got him out for say 50 and they would surely have won.
So Mumbai it is.
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On the day, Rahul Chahar didn’t take any wickets at all but the fact that he only went for 22 runs off four overs shows you just how well he bowled. And he’s still Mumbai’s top-wicket taker this season, with 11.
Given how well fellow spinner Chakravarthy bowled here in Abu Dhabi the other day and there’s a good chance that Chahar could enjoy himself to the same extent.
Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders fun facts
Let’s round things off with some fun facts ahead of the game.
Our man Rahul Chahar, our tip for Mumbai top bowler, was man-of-the-match the last time these two played earlier in the season, taking 4-27.
That same match saw Mumbai’s Yadav (56) and Kolkata’s Rana (57) top score for their sides respectively.
That same game saw seven KKR batsmen in a row, from numbers 3 to number 9, fail to reach double figures.