This year’s Indian Premier League may still be in its infancy but the Mumbai Indians already find themselves under pressure following two defeats.
And the defending champions are unlikely to find the Chennai Super Kings in charitable mood with the Dehli Daredevils also backed to do the business against struggling Sunrisers Hyderabad this Friday.
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The Chennai Super Kings (4/7) are the firm favourites to beat the Mumbai Indians (11/8) with clear signs that the two-time IPL winners are clicking into gear.
Defeat to the table-topping Kings XI Punjab is the only blot on CSK’s copybook so far with a subsequent 93-run hammering of Dehli and professional 7-run victory over Rajasthan representing a return to form.
By contrast, Rohit Sharma’s Indians have disappointed in losses to Kolkata and Bangalore with their batsmen yet to spark into life.
Meanwhile, Chennai’s own form with the bat has been far more impressive and West Indian Dwayne Smith could be the man to do the damage here and add to his 145-run haul in this season’s competition.
Smith is 3/1 to hit a third 50 in four games to pile on more misery upon Mumbai.
The Dehli Daredevils (11/10) chase their first win in three matches over a struggling Sunrisers Hyderabad (8/11) outfit with Kevin Pietersen in line to make his first appearance of the campaign.
The Daredevils have missed Pietersen’s firepower in their opening matches, recording just one win in three outings, with JP Duminy providing some rare assurance at the crease.
The South African’s respective knocks of 67 and 52 against Bangalore and Kolkata have largely been in vain but expect his side to come out on top on this occasion with Duminy prominent once again.
Ladbrokes go 9/2 that the 30-year-old batsman is Dehli’s Top Runscorer against a Hyderbad bowling attack who were given a torrid time last time out.
Kings XI side found the boundary 27 times against the Sunrisers in a contest where they struggled with the ball.
Glenn Maxwell went on to score 95 when dropped on 11 with big-hitting Pietersen and Duminy ready to take advantage of any further sloppiness.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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