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Gujarat Titans v Mumbai Indians: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Hardik Pandya's move to Mumbai Indians was one of the biggest deals of the IPL off-season and his first game as Mumbai skipper is against his former franchise Gujarat Titans on Sunday.

Hardik made his reputation as a captain with Gujarat, leading them to the title in their maiden season in 2022 before losing to Chennai Super Kings in last year's final.

His Mumbai side are 8/11 to make a winning start in Ahmedabad but Gujarat, now led by last season's IPL player of the tournament Shubman Gill, still have a powerful squad.

Gujarat Titans v Mumbai Indians betting predictions

Tilak Varma Mumbai Indians Top Batter – 10/3

Mumbai Indians finished bottom of the IPL table in 2022, when Gujarat lifted the trophy at the first attempt, but both teams reached the playoffs last season and a tight opening contest is expected.

Mumbai's preparation for the tournament has not been entirely smooth. They allowed Cameron Green, a marquee signing last season, to join Royal Challengers Bengaluru while captain Hardik has not played a competitive match since October 2023 and star batsman Suryakumar Yadav is still recovering from an ankle injury.

SKY is unlikely to be rushed back to action and Rohit Sharma joined the squad late after leading India to a 4-1 Test series win over England so youngster Tilak Varma could lead the way for Mumbai with the bat.

The left-hander made a positive impression in his debut IPL season in 2022, scoring 397 runs in 14 innings and he stepped on the gas last season, when his 343 runs in 11 knocks came at a strike-rate of 164 per 100 balls.

That destructive hitting earned him a call-up to India's T20 and ODI teams and he slammed 39 off 22 balls on his T20 debut against the West Indies last August, following up with 51 and 49 not out in his next two innings.

Tilak has batted as high as number three in India's T20 side and he could thrive in that position on Sunday as senior teammate Suryakumar is expected to be sidelined.

Tim David to score most sixes for Mumbai Indians – 4/1

When Mumbai are at full strength they have the rare luxury of fielding an all-Indian top five with Australia's Tim David in the finisher's role at number six.

David is one of the most reliable six-hitters in T20 cricket and he struck 16 maximums from just 86 balls faced in his breakthrough IPL season in 2022.

Last term's figures were also impressive, with 15 sixes from 146 deliveries, and he comes into the 2024 tournament in great nick, meriting a bet to hit the most maximums for Mumbai.

The Singapore-born all-rounder smashed 134 runs from just 82 balls in Australia's T20 series against the Windies and New Zealand in January and February.

David hit 12 sixes in those six innings, including three in a 10-ball knock of 31 not out to seal a chase of 216 in last month's first T20 against New Zealand.

Shubman Gill to hit under 0.5 sixes – 10/11

Gujarat's new captain Gill has plenty on his mind as he bids to extend the franchise's superb IPL record under Hardik.

The opener was the standout batsman in last season's IPL, comfortably topping the runscoring chart with a tally of 890, and it will be interesting to see whether the captaincy has an adverse effect on his output with the bat.

Gill has not had much time to get into T20 mode after starring in India's gruelling five-Test series against England.

He hit 33 sixes in 17 IPL innings last season but it may be worth backing him not to clear the ropes against a Mumbai bowling unit led by his Test teammate Jasprit Bumrah.

Gill's six-hitting feats in 2023 were a significant improvement on a total of 47 maximums in his previous 74 IPL matches and he still has plenty to prove in that department.

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Gujarat Titans v Mumbai Indians Odds

Gujarat Titans – 11/10
Mumbai Indians – 8/11

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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