Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Preview & Prediction
The world is shaking in anticipation of the most global event in modern cricket as the Indian Premier League is back in action from April 9. The IPL kicks off and the teams will clash in a fierce battle to be named the best team in India with Mumbai Indians starting their title defense against a star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore this Friday.
Mumbai Indians preview
Mumbai Indians won their fifth IPL title in the 2020 season with skipper Rohit Sharma and his men dominating the league and winning their playoffs matches with relative ease as well. The Mahela Jayawardane coached side added the likes of Piyush Chawla, Adam Milne, and James Neesham to replace the outgoing Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, and Dhawal Kulkarni.
The Mumbai squad has plenty of options in its pace department but the spin options are limited to Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, and new signing Piyush Chawla with Krunal Pandya also capable of bowling a few overs. With Mumbai playing five matches on the spin-friendly tracks of Chennai, one can argue that the Sharma-led squad lacks a top world-class spinner and it can hurt their chances to get a good start in IPL 2021.
Royal Challengers Bangalore preview
Royal Challengers Bangalore once again starts an IPL season in the hope of bagging the trophy with the fans dreaming of seeing Virat Kohli lift the trophy in jubilation for quite some years now.
The Simon Katich coached side rehauled their squad by adding Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Mohammed Azharudeen, Rajat Patidar, Daniel Sams, Finn Allen, and Harshal Patel to replace the outgoing Dale Steyn, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Josh Phillipe, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, and Parthiv Patel.
The Bangalore squad is quite balanced but lacks a quality Indian batsman in the middle order with AB de Villiers, Maxwell, and Christian expected to shore up those places with their all-round efforts on the ground.
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Head to Head Record
Mumbai Indians have the edge over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the head-to-head record as MI has won 17 of the 27 matches between the two top teams with Virat Kohli’s side winning just 10 of the 27 encounters. In fact, the Mumbai-based franchise has 8 wins in the last 10 meetings with Rohit Sharma’s men losing one of the two matches in a ‘Super Over’.
Mumbai Indians: W/W/W/W/W/L/W
Royal Challengers Bangalore: L/L/L/L/L/W/W
Predicted Starting XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mohammed Azharudeen, Virat Kohli ©, AB de Villiers, Rajat Patidar, Glen Maxwell, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Stadium: M.A. Chidambaram Stadium
Location: Chennai, India
Known as: Chepauk Stadium
Ends: Anna Pavilion End, V Pattabhiraman Gate End
Time: 7:30 p.m. IST (UTC +05:30)
With Bangalore’s unpredictability and Mumbai’s stability on offer to view, it would be a great contest for the fans as Indian national team skipper Virat Kohli takes on Rohit Sharma, the vice-captain of the Indian team in the limited-overs format.
Mumbai Indians are expected to win the season opener with Royal Challenges Bangalore a bit light in the batting department. Both head-to-head record and the recent form of the teams is in favor of MI but RCB is no strangers to springing up a surprise.