Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians – Match 1 – Champions League T20 2013 (CLT20) – Betting Predictions and Tips

One the most consistent teams of IPL 2013 Rajasthan Royals (RR) are taking on this year’s IPL winners the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the inaugural match of the CL T20 of 2013. The match will be played at RR’s home ground Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on 21 September 2013 at 8 PM IST.

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

RR has been among the most consistent sides but the recent match-fixing scandal may have a big impact on the morale of the team and so the team has to leave all that behind and play as one unit like they have before. The opening pair has been among the most important factor in the success of the team which consist of the skipper Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane. They have given starts in most matches and very rarely both of them have got out cheaply. In the middle order there is one of the finest Australian all-rounders Shane Watson who is capable of some big hitting. Stuart Binny and Brad Hodge have also shown in the past of what they are capable and they have played cameos tine and again to help team score big or achieve the targets.

In terms of bowling, James Faulkner who was the RR’s leading wicket-taker in the IPL 2013 would be expected to lead from the front and do early damage. Shaun Tait is also in the side and so James can expect a good support from him. RR would miss the bowling of Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila who were decent in the games that they played in IPL.

Mumbai Indians (MI)

MI is the IPL title winner and they would be aware of what it takes o beat all the teams and win the title. The team is led by in form batsman and latest skipper of the team Rohit Sharma who has surprised everyone with his captaincy talent. Talking about MI, one cannot ignore or stop thinking about the “God of Cricket” Sachin Tendulkar. He has had good rest and would be looking to start fresh and make a mark to silent his critics who are worried about his future. Another ace batsman Ricky Ponting who played in the beginning in IPL 6 but later decided to give chance to others as he was not performing may make a comeback in this match and series. Dinesh Karthik was also in good form and was among the top run scorers for the team in IPL. Keiron Pollard is the other explosive batsman who can make a big difference between the two sides on his given day but he needs to be consistent.

The bowling unit was well led by Lasitha Malinga in IPL, but he is not available in this competition and this would be a big blow for MI. However, the team will now be relying on Mitchell Johnson to deliver and take early wickets. The spin department is also decent with Harbhajan Singh making a comeback of sorts to show his potential and would try to impress the selectors for the team selection. Pragyan Ojha is the other spinner and he is also in good touch and is capable of taking wickets at regular intervals.

Our Prediction

Both the teams are solid and it is very difficult to choose between the two sides. So we can expect a thrilling and exciting contest and a sizzling start to the competition. Though MI is IPL champ, RR is playing at home and so we fill RR have a slight advantage to win this match.

Winner: Rajasthan Royals, 2.10 @ William Hill