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Manish Pachouly, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, April 25, 2010
Bookies want Mumbai Indians to win the IPL cup this year, going by the odds placed. Mumbai’s win is quoted at 82 paise for a rupee bet. That means, if Mumbai win, a punter betting on it will get 82 paise and his rupee back. The odds on Chennai Super Kings are Rs. 1.17 for a rupee bet.

A Mumbai bookie said Sunday’s IPL final alone will get them business of Rs. 3,000 crore from India, Pakistan, Dubai and Sharjah. IPL-3 has witnessed betting of about Rs. 40,000 crore, he said.

Bets are also on for the batsmen scoring 50. Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar is a favourite at Rs. 1.2 for a rupee bet.

Indian bookies are also placing bets on who would replace Lalit Modi as IPL chief. Former cricketer Ravi Shastri and BCCI President Shashank Manohar are favourites.