2017 IPL Betting Tips: First Qualifier

May 15, 2017 by Posted in Cricket Tips

IPL 2017 has reached its business end and we have the final four teams standing. By virtue of finishing in the top two positions in the group phase, Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant get two chances to reach the final. The first qualifier between these two teams is at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, May 26th. The winner goes to the finals while the loser gets another shot in second qualifier.

Season so far
Mumbai Indians got 20 games from 14 league games to top the standings. They were one of the most consistent sides this season. In fact, they were the first team to book their place in the playoffs. Playing at their home ground is another added advantage for Mumbai Indians who would be eyeing a berth in the finals.

For the visitors Rising Pune Supergiant, the journey had been bumpy. They did not start the season well but improved their performances as the season went along. Even then, Pune had to defeat Kings XI Punjab in a shootout in the final league game to confirm their place in the playoffs.

Important players
Mumbai has one of the most balanced units of this season. Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel, Nitish Rana and Rohit Sharma have been very consistent with their scores at the top. Bonus for Mumbai is the form of Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers. With the ball, Mitchell McCleneghan has been among wickets while Jasprit Bumrah and Harbhajan Singh have been at their frugal best.

Ajinkya Rahane has been struggling for impact for Pune but Rakesh Tripathi and Steve Smith have been shouldering the scoring burden. Ben Stokes’ absence will leave a gaping hole although the bowling form of Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur has been refreshing.

Earlier this season
Mumbai may have been the team to beat this season but Pune got the better of them in both the matches. Although it makes no difference in the run-up to this encounter, Pune will start with a psychological advantage.

Mumbai’s form makes them favorites for this encounter – irrespective of their losing streak to Pune. Odds of $1.73 (Ladbrokes) make them an exciting pick to be the winner of this match.

Both teams have very strong top-order and while Mumbai look to blaze from the start, Pune will look to solidify. The hosts are better suited to score more in the power play. Back Mumbai to score more in the first six overs at odds of $1.80 (bet365).

TIP: Mumbai to win – $1.80 at bet365



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