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IPL Betting: Bangalore v Mumbai

Indian Premier League - IPL RSS / / 26 May 2011 /

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Chris Gayle will attempt to be doing what Chris Gayle does and getting his side off to a flyer

Chris Gayle will attempt to be doing what Chris Gayle does and getting his side off to a flyer

"Certainly common sense dictates that Bangalore have great trading potential. If they were to bat first, Gayle and his strike rate of 184.04 would do damage to the Mumbai price. Indeed, it should shorten very quickly. But if we are looking at the overall picture, it is difficult not to side with Mumbai on the basis that with both sides boasting stellar batting, it is the bowlers who will make the difference."

These sides meet in Chennai today with the winner progressing to take on the Super Kings in the final. Ed Hawkins previews a potentially thrilling contest

Bangalore

The Royal Challengers have said they will be unchanged for what is effectively a semi-final despite the 'qualifier' term. This despite the same XI losing to Chennai when they really should have won.

Chris Gayle, who has inspired them to this stage of the competition, failed in that game but any suggestion they are a one-man team was put to bed when they still posted 175. Still, their bowlers may be short on confidence after failing to win having taken two quick CSK wickets.

Mumbai

Munaf Patel has good form coming into this game - three wickets against KKR in the 'eliminator'. Lasith Malinga, the top wicket-taker, bowled third change in that contest so it will be interesting to see if he opens once more in an effort to counter Gayle. Aiden Blizzard, the Mumbai Gayle, hit 51 from 31 balls.

Match odds

Bangalore are not fancied in the match odds market. They are as big as [2.32] with Mumbai [1.75].

Certainly common sense dictates that Bangalore have great trading potential. If they were to bat first, Gayle and his strike rate of 184.04 would do damage to the Mumbai price. Indeed, it should shorten very quickly.

But if we are looking at the overall picture, it is difficult not to side with Mumbai on the basis that with both sides boasting stellar batting, it is the bowlers who will make the difference.

Bangalore could not defend 176 against CSK despite reducing them to 7-2 and the stats back Mumbai. Their bowling averages and economy rates over the tournament are superior.

Top Mumbai batsman

Sachin Tendulkar is not perhaps the shoo-in he should be. Blizzard has to be a serious contender to usurp the perennial favourite given a strike rate of 144 compared to 110 by the Little Master. Do not write off James Franklin either, who is hitting at 149 and tops the Mumbai averages.

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