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Expert IPL Predictions: Match Betting May 1-2

Rohit Sharma and the Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings this weekend in the 2021 IPL.

We’re three weeks into the 2021 IPL and there have been some important results already that may go some way to shaping up how the season unfolds.

Here’s a recap of what you’ve missed this week, our expert IPL predictions for the weekend’s games and the best tips to hopefully make it a good weekend for us all on the IPL betting front.

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Dhawan hits the front  Shikhar Dhawan has had an excellent start to the season, just as his franchise, the Delhi Capitals, have. DC is on five wins from seven games and looking good for a top-two finish. And a lot of that is down to Dhawan. The Indian left-hander is atop the run scorer charts on 311 runs, courtesy of two 50s (85 and 92) but also his consistency.

An example of that were further scores of 45 and 46. Dhawan is hitting the ball beautifully and is no stranger to big returns of runs in the IPL. Last season, he was the runner-up for the Orange Cap to KL Rahul of the Punjab Kings. Rahul is currently fourth on 240 (he’ll play again on Friday) but with his side in serious trouble, he’s unlikely to take part in any playoff games. So very much advantage Dhawan, whose DC could easily go on to win.

Shaw makes history  It’s not just Dhawan on fire at Delhi. Opening partner Prithvi Shaw became the first player ever in T20s to score six fours off the first over of an innings against KKR on Thursday. In what looked a decent chase, Shaw hit the unfortunate Shivam Mavi for six consecutive fours, showing his class, aggression and shot-making skills.

It knocked the stuffing out of KKR and was the springboard for Shaw to go on and make an excellent 82, unsurprisingly leading him to being the man of the match. With those two in that form, DC is looking dangerous indeed.

Kishan dropped Ishan Kishan was actually Mumbai’s top batsman last season as they won yet another title, but it’s been a very different story this time around. The youngster has found runs very hard to come by this campaign and had scored just 28, 1, 12, 26 and 6 before Mumbai lost patience and dropped him. The move resulted in all other batsmen moving a place up the order with Hardik Pandya given more responsibility at 4 or 5.

Not only is Kishan’s form bad news for him and Mumbai, but it’s also bad news for India. The selectors may have been considering him to be in India’s batting lineup for the upcoming World Cup, but he won’t be there if he isn’t scoring runs. And he certainly won’t be if he’s not playing at all in the IPL.

Today’s IPL Match Prediction- Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings

Saturday, May 1, Delhi

The background

Two of the IPL’s true heavyweights go to battle here. Between them, they’ve won eight IPL titles, played each other in the final four times and been runners-up a further six times between them.

Leading CSK is MS Dhoni, India’s greatest limited-overs captain ever, and in charge in the Mumbai camp is Rohit Sharma, India’s prolific one-day opening batsman.

After Mumbai’s impressive win last term and CSK’s struggles, the shoe is somewhat on the other foot this time around. It’s CSK that has started brilliantly with five wins from six while Mumbai is three from six. But the Indians should make the playoffs and improved their run rate after an easy win against KKR on Thursday.

Today’s IPL match prediction (Best Bet)

CSK to beat Mumbai @ +115 with 10CRIC

Let’s not overcomplicate things here and let’s go with the bet staring us in the face. CSK is the +115 outsider and can only be down to two reasons: Mumbai’s head-to-head record against them (18-12) and their greater success in the IPL over the years.

But right here right now, Chennai looks the better side. They’ve kept the team mostly the same so far and have found a strong opening partnership in Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who have gotten them off to some excellent starts. Ravi Jadeja and Lungi Ngidi have been particularly good, too.

Mumbai has put itself in a good position to make the playoffs but doesn’t look settled or that confident. The loss of form of Kishan is a concern and Hardik Pandya hasn’t been much better – they were two key players last season.  

This is a great chance to back the league’s table-toppers against a team not at its best right now and +115 is just too good a price.

Today’s IPL Match Prediction- Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad  

Sunday, May 2, Delhi   

The Background

All IPL games have an interesting angle to them and here it’s a simple one: this is a match between arguably the two worst teams in the competition.

The Royals did admittedly have to deal with the losses of Ben Stokes and, worse still, Jofra Archer to injury. But even with those two on board, they’ve failed to get decent results over the years and this year has been no different.

Sanju Samson has been good on occasion and big money man Chris Morris has done his bit too but a return of just two wins from six games tells its own story and this is heading for another season where avoiding the wooden spoon looks to be the priority.

SRH hasn’t been much better, struggling time and again to find consistency with the bat and discipline with the ball.

Normally it’s a case of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow scoring a load of runs and Bhuvi Kumar and Rashid Khan doing the business with the ball, but it hasn’t panned out that way this year. Warner is badly out of touch and Kumar is currently injured. The “non-superstar” players haven’t been able to make up for it.

Today’s IPL match prediction (Best Bet)

Kane Williamson to be SRH Top Batsman @ +350 with Betway

Our next IPL match prediction is that the coolest man on the field has a good day.

And by the coolest man, we do of course mean SRH’s Kane Williamson. The Kiwi skipper missed the first few matches with injury but has since played twice, a superb 66 not out in a match they tied and then lost in a Super Over, and a quickfire 26 not out in defeat against Delhi.

The thing about Williamson is that he’s always in control. Warner will try to make the most of the powerplay overs for SRH with good running and some aggressive shots while Bairstow is an all-out attack from the word go. Sometimes too much, because he’s too often got out playing one big shot too many.

Williamson will play his shots, sense his opportunity and value his wicket knowing how important he is to the cause. Those are exactly the sort of characteristics you want from a top batsman bet and at +350 he’s a smart pick in a game that could go either way in terms of the winner.

How to bet on the IPL

You can start by checking our reviews of the best IPL betting sites for our assessment of how they stack up against each other.  

Once you’ve opened an account and are ready to go, your first port of call is right here at Odds Shark. We have all the team news, stats and betting tips that matter to make sure you not only enjoy the IPL but also win some money on it.

Remember that there’s a lot more going on than just the winner market and the winner of individual matches and it’s exactly finding betting value at great IPL odds on other markets that we’re all about. Go here for more info on how to bet on the IPL.