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Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL Tips - Opening partnership crucial for red corner

Sridhar
08 May 2023
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Sridhar Bhamidi 08 May 2023
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  • Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL match predictions to be played in Mumbai on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30pm IST
  • Mumabi Indians have conceded the most runs for the opening partnership in 7 of their last 10 IPL matches
  • Mumbai Indians have won 6 of their last 7 matches at this venue against Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore have posted the highest opening partnership in 7 of their last 10 IPL matches

Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL
Can Mumbai make their home record count in their favour? (Getty Images)

Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL


At least three teams are stuck on ten points and two of those will be seen in action as Mumbai Indians welcome Royal Challengers Bangalore. This IPL 2023 match #54 will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 7:30pm IST on Tuesday, May 9.

Inconsistency has been plaguing both Mumbai and Bangalore as they look for some run of form ahead of the business end of the tournament. While Mumbai have an edge at home against Bangalore, that won’t be enough to pick up full points. I am looking at the opening exchanges and backing Royal Challengers Bangalore to post the highest opening partnership.

  • Mumbai Indians have conceded the most runs for the opening partnership in 7 of their last 10 matches (IPL)
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore have posted the highest opening partnership in 7 of their last 10 matches (IPL)
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore have posted the highest opening partnership in 4 of their last 6 matches against Mumbai (IPL)
  • Mumbai Indians have won 6 of their last 7 matches at this venue against Royal Challengers Bangalore (IPL)

Head to Head


There have been 31 IPL matches between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore so far with 17 wins for Mumbai and 14 for Bangalore.

That included winning the last four in a row. When the sides last met in the first week of April this season at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore romped home to an eight-wicket win. Virat Kohli (82) and Faf du Plessis (73) led the chase after Tilak Varma (84*) played a scintillating knock for Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians Form


Mumbai Indians are 6th after last weekend matches with ten points. They were defeated by Chennai Super Kings by six wickets stopping their two-game winning run.

Four Mumbai batters have aggregated more than 250 this season with Ishan Kishan and Tilak Varma leading the list. Bowling has been about the wily old leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (17 wickets).

Rohit Sharma’s dwindling form is a concern for Mumbai with their captain averaging 18.40 runs this season.

Mumbai Indians Team News


Tilak Varma missed the last match due to a niggle and should be back for this encounter.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Form


Royal Challengers Bangalore are only marginally above Mumbai Indians in the points table because of better net run rate. They lost to Delhi Capitals by seven wickets in their last match making it two losses from their last three matches.

It has been a two-man show with the bat as Faf du Plessis (511) and Virat Kohli (419) have been leading their batting. With the ball, Mohammed Siraj has been breathing fire with 15 wickets.

The absence of a middle-order spine is a worry for RCB although Mahipal Lomror has shown flashes of form in the last couple of matches.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News


Dinesh Karthik’s form is a concern and his poor scores could force RCB to look at an alternative.

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What time does Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL start?

This Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL match is being played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30pm IST on Tuesday, May 9.

Verdict

There’s very little to separate Mumbai and Bangalore, who have been contesting even on inconsistency. With a lot riding on the result of this match, we could witness a tight match. I am backing Royal Challengers Bangalore to post the highest opening partnership.

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