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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians IPL Tips - Home team placed well to start on a high

Sridhar
31 Mar 2023
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Sridhar Bhamidi 31 Mar 2023
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  • Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians IPL match predictions to be played in Bangalore on Sunday, April 2 at 7:30pm IST
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore have won 4 of their last 5 IPL matches against Mumbai Indians
  • Mumbai Indians have lost 10 of their last 14 IPL matches
  • The average first innings score at this venue in IPL 2019 was 181
  • Can the local fans get to cheer for a win against Mumbai on Sunday?
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians IPL
Can Faf carry the Bangalore side to a win? (Getty Images)

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians IPL


It’s the clash of two superstars of Indian cricket as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli line up against each other on a blockbuster Sunday. Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 match #5 on Sunday starting at 7:30pm IST at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians IPL
  • Head to Head
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore Form
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News
  • Mumbai Indians Form
  • Mumbai Indians Team News

Mumbai are traditionally slow starters in an IPL campaign and this time around they start without their star bowler Jasprit Bumrah. There’s still enough firepower in the batting as they look to banish the poor memories of last season. My prediction for the match is a win for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore have won 4 of their last 5 matches against Mumbai Indians (IPL)
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore have won 3 of their last 4 home matches against Mumbai Indians (IPL)
  • The average first innings score at this venue during the 2019 season was 181 (IPL)
  • Mumbai Indians have lost 10 of their last 14 matches (IPL)

Head to Head


There have been 32 matches in all between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Of these, it’s Mumbai who have an edge with 19 wins compared to 13 defeats.

Last season, the Royal Challengers defeated Mumbai Indians by seven wickets chasing down 152 in the 19th over. Anuj Rawat’s 66 and Virat Kohli’s 48 helped the Bangalore team.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Form


Another season went by for RCB without a title as they finished fourth in the league stage and made to the playoffs only to lose to Rajasthan in Qualifier 2.

This season in the player auction, RCB signed Will Jacks who was later ruled out due to injury. They went on to replace him with New Zealand all-rounder Michael Bracewell.

Reece Topley has been added to the squad as also a young unknown tearaway quick Avinash Singh. RCB are likely to look at him as a long-term option but could unleash him soon.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News


Rajat Patidar is likely to be out for the first-half of the season with a heel injury. Josh Hazlewood is also out for a few matches as his fitness gets monitored by the Australian national team as well.

Mumbai Indians Form


Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in the history of IPL but 2022 was a season to forget for them. They finished last for the first time in their history and are now looking to regroup.

Jasprit Bumrah will be missing the entire season for the first time since 2013 leaving a big hole in their pace department. He is replaced by Sandeep Warrier. Jhye Richardson is also out of the tournament with an injury.

Joffra Archer will be available after missing last season due to an injury. Cameron Green has been brought in as replacement for Kieron Pollard who is retired. Vishnu Vinod is another exciting addition with his hard-hitting likely to be watched carefully.

Mumbai Indians Team News


Apart from the injured players, the rest of the squad is available for selection for Mumbai Indians.

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

This Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians IPL match is being played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore at 7:30pm IST on Sunday, April 2.

Verdict

There’s a lot of uncertainty around Mumbai Indians as they look to come to terms with the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. Although Archer is a great addition, there are still doubts if there is enough stability in their batting. Bangalore are missing key players too but there’s a sense of calm in that dressing room with continuity of Faf du Plessis and the return of Glenn Maxwell. My prediction is for a Bangalore win.

With the tournament offering new rules like impact player, keep an eye on who’s getting in and out during the substitution process. That could decide your intra-game picks.

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