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Expert IPL Predictions: Match Betting April 9-10

Rohit Sharma and the Mumbai Indians kick off the 2021 IPL on April 9 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The 2021 IPL kicks off on Friday, April 9, when the Mumbai Indians play the Royal Challengers Bangalore and we’ll come to that game and our expert IPL predictions on it in due course. 

We’ll also offer an IPL prediction on CSK’s match against the Delhi Capitals that will take place on Saturday and pits last year’s runners-up (DC) against last year’s big underachievers, CSK.

But first up, here’s the latest news as we head into the first week of IPL action:

Latest IPL News

  • Josh Hazlewood of CSK has joined Josh Philippe of RCB and SRH all-rounder Mitch Marsh in opting out of this year’s IPL. Hazlewood is the latest of the three Australians to decide that a busy schedule for Australia and the mental strain of being in bio bubbles for two months is too much. SRH has replaced Marsh with big-hitting English opener Jason Roy but CSK is unlikely to find a suitable substitute for Hazlewood at such short notice.
  • A quartet of South African players with IPL contracts have all but “walked out” on their country by honoring their IPL contracts, even though it means they will miss the deciding third ODI against Pakistan on Wednesday. However, due to quarantine restrictions, it also means they’ll miss the opening match for their respective IPL teams, though they should be available after that. The four players are: Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada (Delhi), Quinton de Kock (Mumbai) and David Miller (Rajasthan Royals).
  • RCB opener Devdutt Padikkal is certain to miss RCB’s opening match against Mumbai after testing positive for COVID-19. Opening batsman Padikkal was one of the big surprises of last year’s IPL after coming from virtual obscurity to end up not only as RCB’s top run scorer for the 2020 season but also the winner of the Emerging Player of the Year award. It creates a problem for RCB, which is light on opening batsmen after Josh Philippe opted out of playing in the IPL this year and Aaron Finch was released. It may mean an opportunity for New Zealand opener Finn Allen, who was signed as Philippe’s replacement but is unlikely to feature much this year with such strong competition among RCB’s overseas players for just four spots.
  • Rishabh Pant will be Delhi’s skipper for the season after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the whole IPL with injury. Pant was on a short list for the captaincy alongside Ravi Ashwin and Shikhar Dhawan but coach Ricky Ponting and the rest of the management decided to go with Pant. The brilliant wicket-keeper batsman has plenty on his plate already what with keeping and batting duties but was the obvious choice to lead the side. One option is to bring in Englishman Sam Billings as keeper in order to give Pant a rest from keeping wicket.

Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Friday, April 9, Chennai

The background

The IPL’s most successful side in Mumbai (five titles) is up against the side that really should have won at least one IPL title, but hasn’t.

For over a decade, the Virat Kohli/AB de Villiers partnership has scored thousands of runs between them but never quite enough to land their first IPL trophy.

Some will feel this might be their best chance yet. Not only are Kohli and de Villiers back for more again but it’s almost certain that Kohli will open the batting this season, which many view as a good step for RCB.

There’s more good news for RCB. No player in world cricket has won more domestic T20 titles than Aussie veteran Dan Christian, who has nine titles, including three Big Bash titles for three different sides and two English T20 Cups with two separate teams.

They also boast red-hot Kiwi all-rounder Kyle Jamieson and Glenn “The Big Show” Maxwell for some star dust, but they’ll need bigger contributions from their Indian players than they’ve had in the past.

As for Mumbai, it’s business as usual. They did virtually no business at all in the auction and have stuck with what they have going into this year’s IPL. They may even field the same XI that won last year’s final against DC.

Best Bet #1 for Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Finn Allen to be RCB Top Batsman (+450)

With no Padikkal for this one after RCB’s top scorer last season tested positive for COVID-19, RCB is an opening batsman short. They already have RCB top batsman favorite Kohli opening after batting at three last year but will need someone else to step in.

It may well be that they need to bring in Finn Allen for this one and if he plays and opens, he should have a great chance. Allen will know that it won’t be enough to get a pretty 40 to secure his place.

He’ll need an explosive 50 or 60 and showed for New Zealand the other day he has it in him. He scored a remarkable 71 off just 29 balls against Bangladesh last week and though conditions will be quite different, this could be a unique chance both for Allen and for you, the punter.

Best Bet #2 for Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Yuzvendra Chahal to be RCB Top Bowler (+225)

The second IPL prediction for this game is far more straightforward.

Yuzvendra Chahal has been RCB’s go-to man with the ball for the past few seasons with his incredibly accurate and highly dangerous leg spin.

His 21 wickets last term were at least 10 more than anyone else on his team managed and he carries on being their main wicket-taking threat. He should be especially dangerous in Chennai, a wicket that’s traditionally a paradise for spinners. Let’s hope so.

CSK vs Delhi Capitals - Saturday, April 10, Mumbai  

The Background

CSK had a season to forget last term with players missing for personal reasons, veterans having poor seasons and the management and skipper never getting the balance of the team right.

These issues have been somewhat addressed with some thirty-somethings moving on and Moeen Ali being the pick of the new recruits. A potential middle order of Ali, Sam Curran and Ravi Jadeja, with MS Dhoni batting somewhere in there as well, could be deadly.

DC has had a few problems before the season has even started. Shreyas Iyer, the skipper, will miss the whole season with injury and Rishabh Pant will take over. And now they’ll also be without Axar Patel, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is forced to sit out this match.

Best Bet #1 for CSK vs Delhi Capitals: CSK to win (+110)

Time for our first IPL match prediction ahead of this one and it’s that CSK wins the game.

MS Dhoni has been moaning about a lack of playing time for some of his players and he’ll also be without Lungi Ngidi, his best fast bowler.  But veterans like himself, Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis shouldn’t need to play that much to get into top gear so it may just be a bit of mind games at play.

But DC has bigger problems. They’re missing not one but two fast bowlers (Rabada, Nortje) and spinner Axar Patel, while Pant will be making his captaincy debut.

Given CSK has a much better head-to-head record (15-8) and is more likely to hit the ground running, they make up the first of our expert predictions for this IPL match. 

Best Bet #2 for CSK vs Delhi Capitals: SN Thakur to be CSK Top Bowler (+350)

SN Thakur was CSK’s top bowler last season and impressed for India in the recent white ball series against England, a sign that he’s bringing good form into this year’s tournament.

With no Ngidi and players like Sam Curran and Ravi Jadeja often not bowling their full quota of overs, Thakur is the standout choice to take the most wickets here at a good price.

How to bet on the IPL

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