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Today’s IPL Match Predictions: Who Will Win Today's IPL Match?

Today's IPL match predictions with cricket betting tips and expert predictions on who will win today’s IPL match.

IPL action is truly back with the second half of the season now taking place in the UAE. This is of course where Mumbai were so dominant last season, bossing the Group Stages before going on to win the Qualifier and final with relative ease, both times against the Delhi Capitals.

Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals (Saturday, October 2)

Mumbai

Mumbai are fifth with 10 points from 11 games and can thank Kieron Pollard for their win last time out. He only bowled one over but took the key scalps of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul against the Punjab Kings. He also fielded a catch and then with the bat, he smashed 15 off 7 balls just when it looked like the chase could get a bit tricky. With contributions in all three departments, no wonder he was the man of the match.

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This is pretty much a must-win game for the Indians. They can forget about a top-two finish now and with RCB well set in third place, fourth is about as much as they can hope for at present.

They might think about changing their opening partnership. Rohit Sharma just hasn’t started strongly so bringing in another opener like Ishan Kishan with Sharma batting at three or four might do them some good.

Capitals

Their defeat against KKR means that CSK has overtaken them into first place.

The last thing that they want now is to relinquish a top-two finish and miss out on getting two chances at making the final. Especially after doing all the hard work in the first half of the season in India. They were, after all, on top when the action resumed in the UAE.

That defeat against KKR was perhaps understandable. They were missing their regular opener in Prithvi Shaw and had to open with Steve Smith. As it happens, he played ok, scoring 39 off 34 on a tricky pitch.

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But Shaw scores far more quickly and in the context of the game, Smith’s strike rate needed to be higher given that it was probably easiest to score at the top of the innings.

But they have an additional problem with Shaw missing out again. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis is even more likely to not play this one because his injury is more severe. Any side will miss a player like Stoinis, so DC needs to work out how best to replace him.   

They also made a few mistakes in the field in that loss to KKR and will have to improve in that regard if they want to go on and win the IPL.

Back Shimron Hetmyer to be Delhi Top Batsman @ 7.5 with Betway

On the winner market, things are pretty tight, although it’s a bit of a surprise that Delhi are actually the slight outsiders.

After all, they’re the ones who are looking good for a top-two finish while the Indians are struggling to make the playoffs. Then again, Mumbai beat Delhi four times last season so maybe that plays a big part in things.

A better bet can be found on the Delhi top batsman market. We all know Shimron Hetmyer is a streaky player just as capable of playing genius quickfire innings as he is of getting out to careless shots.

But maybe that’s the point and he’s the sort of player to play a blinder when you least expect him to.

There are two good reasons to back him here. The first is that in the absence of Stoinis he’ll surely bat at five, or maybe even four, rather than his usual spot at six. The second is his odds: 7.5 is too big for a player of his class.

Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings (Saturday, October 2)

Rajasthan

The Royals are drinking in the last-chance saloon. They’re currently seventh and probably need to win all of their three remaining games to have a chance of making the playoffs.

Last time out they were soundly beaten by RCB. They posted just 149/9 after a good start from Yashasvi Jaiswal (31 off 22) and Evin Lewis (58 off 37).

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This time there were no heroics from skipper Sanju Samson and with no one else in the middle-order standing up, there was no acceleration at the end. It’s been the story of their season and that was one of the problems that big-money signing Chris Morris was meant to solve.

So far it just hasn’t happened for him, and the Royals must be wondering if that was money well spent.

Liam Livingstone has been very quiet, too. He was brought in for some big hits in the middle order but hasn’t capitalized yet. It is, however, a bit odd that they haven’t yet used his useful spin bowling.

Chennai Super Kings

Whatever else happens in the IPL, CSK just keeps on winning. What’s more, it seems to be a different player doing the damage each time. 

All of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and most recently, Josh Hazlewood, have picked up man-of-the-match awards so it’s been a real team effort, rather than one or two players doing all of the heavy lifting.

It bodes well for the playoffs. With that win over SRH they guaranteed themselves a playoff spot, but they’ll be keen to actually win the group stages and show their intent.  

Back Ruturaj Gaikwad to be man of the match @ 9.0 With Betway

Back Ravindra Jadeja to be man of the match @ 11.0 With Betway

I think CSK should win this as the best team in the tournament against one which is really struggling.

So, it makes sense to go with two CSK players to potentially be the man of the match given the MOM comes from the winning side 99% of the time.

The two in mind are both recent winners of MOM awards, as just stated. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad score a load of runs here in the UAE last season when given a chance and has looked in fine form this season. Only Faf du Plessis has more runs than him from the CSK side and it’s not by much. Gaikwad has looked in better touch over the past few games anyway.

The other one we like is Ravindra Jadeja. A proper three-dimensional cricketer, he’ll always give you a chance. Whether that’s with four extremely economical overs that could include a couple of wickets. Or with some savage lower-order hitting, especially in tough chases. He’s got the star quality to him, and we have to include him.


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