Mumbai have fallen into their groove
Champion sides have a pattern: Mumbai Indians seem to lose the first game and then dominate the next opponents. They had an early setback but are now in juggernaut mode with back-to-back wins and might have hit upon the template to succeed in Chennai. They have great odds of 1.68 to beat Delhi for a fifth successive time as they meet in Chennai.
Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, have problems galore. They had a solid team heading into the season, but positive COVID-19 cases, inconsistent selections and listless batting have put them on the backfoot a bit. As they face Mumbai, with odds of 2.10 to beat them, the issue is more mental than real.
Mumbai have won the last five head to head contests
Mumbai Indians have won the last five matches between these sides, four of them coming in the UAE in the 2020 edition of the IPL that they went on to win. Delhi might be an improved unit, but it’s safe to say they haven’t cracked the Mumbai code. As they move to Chennai to play on an unfamiliar, tacky wicket, Delhi’s task appears quite tough.
RECOMMENDED BET: MI have found the success mantra at Chennai and have odds of 1.68 to beat DC.
Overall, Mumbai have won 16 of the 28 head to head contests over the years. It’s more even in India where the teams have locked horns 21 times with Mumbai winning 12 and Delhi winning 9.
Keep an eye on…
Rabada: The South African fast bowler has appeared off colour and that’s a major worry for Delhi for their attack revolves around him. Mumbai batting managed to take down Rabada and Nortje four times in 2020 and will back themselves to do so again.
Mumbai bowling: Mumbai have one of the strongest bowling attacks in the competition, but on this Chennai surface, especially against the strong Delhi left-handers, they could use a man off-spinner in Jayant Yadav.
TIP: Mumbai have the bigger six hitters and have odds of 1.52 to hit more sixes than Delhi.
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