The Indian Premier League is back, and Mumbai Indians will be looking to win their third IPL title in a row. BettingPro’s cricket expert will pick his best predictions and tips on a selection of matches throughout the season.
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IPL Betting Tips & Predictions: Punjab Kings v Rajasthan Royals (Tuesday, 15:00 BST)
Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals will both be looking to boost their play-off hopes when they lock horns at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Royals currently occupy fifth place on the league ladder with six points thanks to three wins from seven matches. The Kings have the same number of wins and points, but their net run rate is not as good, and they have played one game more. The Royals come into this game on the back of a 55-run success over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rajasthan were put into bat, and they posted an impressive 220-3 with England international Jos Buttler smashing 124 from 64 balls with 11 fours and eight sixes. That was an incredible total and not many teams would have chased that down. The Sunrisers posted 165-8 in reply with Mustafizur Rahman and Chris Morris claiming three wickets apiece. Punjab Kings lost their last game by seven wickets against Delhi Capitals. The Kings were put into bat and went on to score 166-6 with Mayank Agarwal unbeaten on 99. It was a competitive total, but the Capitals knocked it off with 2.2 overs to spare with Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring with 69 from 47 balls. I am backing the Royals to win this one with England international Liam Livingstone continuing his fine form in the white-ball game with the most runs. When the Kings get to the crease, I am expecting KL Rahul to show his class and top score for his side in defeat.
IPL Betting Tips & Predictions: Delhi Capitals v Sunrisers Hyderabad (Wednesday, 15:00 BST)
Delhi Capitals will be looking to go back to the top of the Indian Premier League table on Wednesday when they return to action. They are currently in second place with 12 points – the same number as Chennai Super Kings. They will go up against bottom club Sunrisers Hyderabad who have won just one game all season. The Capitals come into this game on the back of a seven-wicket success against Punjab Kings back in May. They opted to bowl first and Kagiso Rabada collected three wickets as they reduced the Kings to 166-6. They knocked that total off with 2.2 overs to spare. Opener Shikhar Dhawan was the hero with 69 from 47 balls with six fours and two sixes. The Sunrisers have won just once this year, and they come into this game on the back of a 55-run loss against Rajasthan Royals. The Sunrisers decided to bowl first and could only take three wickets as the Royals blasted 220 from their 20 overs. That was only going to be a difficult target to chase down, and they fell well short. They could only post 165 for the loss of eight wickets with Manish Pandey top-scoring with 31. I cannot see the Sunrisers claiming win number two on Wednesday. I am backing the Capitals to register their seventh win of the season. Dhawan leads the way with the most runs this season, he has scored 380 runs from eight matches, and I am backing him to top-score for the Capitals. When the Sunrisers get to the crease, I am backing Pandey to add to the 193 runs he has already scored.
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