Indian Premier League 2022 – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians – 18th Match Prediction
The Mumbai Indians face the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 18th game of the Indian Premier League 2022. Mumbai’s bowling attack was shredded by the Kolkata Knight Riders in their most recent game, resulting in yet another crushing defeat. Royal Challengers Bangalore enters this match on the back of back-to-back victories, and the team is on a roll.
The Mumbai Indians have lost all three of their games so far. They haven’t had it this bad since the 2015 season, and it’s likely that their confidence will suffer as a result. A loss here could be their undoing for the rest of the tournament. The Royal Challengers Bangalore come into this game in good form, and it will be interesting to see if Mumbai can turn the tables and earn their first points of the season in this game.
The 18th match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians will take place on April 9th, 2022 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Match Details to Note
Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, 18th Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: April 9, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Team Previews
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Match Odds – 1.80)
Faf du Plessis’ team has now won two games in a row. The team comes in with a four-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals, which they nearly threw away before being saved by the lower middle order. The RCB captain will be aware of Mumbai’s shaky start and will look to capitalise on it in order to improve his team’s position on the points table.
Faf du Plessis has been in good form and will look to form a partnership with Anuj Rawat to open the batting. The middle-order is a source of concern for the team, as Virat Kohli has struggled, and the team would like him to add runs alongside Sherfane Rutherford and Glenn Maxwell, who are expected to join the team in this game. In the previous game, Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik set up a match-winning stand, adding strength to this line-up.
Mohammad Siraj must be consistent with the new ball while also assisting Maxwell, who brings experience to the attack. Wanindu Hasaranga’s stock is high after bowling good spells in most games. Harshal Patel is maturing as a player, and the team wants him to excel in this game while keeping scoring to a minimum.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Shahbaz Ahamad, Akash Deep, Josh Hazlewood, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff, Suyash Prabhudessai, Chama Milind, Aneeshwar Gautam, Karn Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Luvnith Sisodia, David Willey
Predicted XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
Mumbai Indians (Match Odds – 2.00)
Three defeats have harmed Rohit Sharma’s team’s campaign. They lack confidence, which was evident in their last game against KKR, which they lost by 5 wickets. They blew it away near the end due to poor bowling. It’s a simple equation now: they need to win this game to improve their chances of making the playoffs, and Sharma must lead from the front.
Rohit Sharma has struggled with his form, and he must protect his wicket as he bats first with Ishan Kishan. Dewald Brevis and Suryakumar Yadav performed admirably in their first game of the season, and they complement Tilak Varma in the middle order. As the side lacks depth in the lower middle order, Kieran Pollard will be tasked with freeing his arms in the final overs.
Their bowling attack was shredded in the previous game, and it was more than just the one poor over bowled by Daniel Sams. Early wickets from Basil Thampi and Jaspreet Bumrah would be critical for the team. Jaydev Unadkat and Mayank Markande are likely to see action in this game, and the team is expecting a strong performance from them. Tymal Mills struggled against KKR, and he’ll need to step up here.
Mumbai Indians Squad
Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan, Dewald Brevis, Basil Thampi, Murugan Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, N Tilak Varma, Sanjay Yadav, Jofra Archer, Daniel Sams, Tymal Mills, Tim David, Riley Meredith, Mohammad Arshad Khan, Anmolpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Hrithik Shokeen, Arjun Tendulkar, Aryan Juyal, Fabian Allen
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Jaydev Unadkat, Dewald Brevis, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Toss Prediction
It is a high-scoring venue with a flat surface that allows batsmen to easily score runs. In the past, teams have chased big scores at this venue, as setting one remains a significant challenge for the side batting first. The team that wins the toss here would prefer to bowl first in order to limit the opposition to a low total.
To Win the Toss – Royal Challengers Bangalore – 1.85
To Win the Toss – Mumbai Indians – 1.85
Pitch and Weather Conditions
MCA Stadium in Pune is known as a batsman’s paradise because the surface is flat and the outfield is lightning fast, allowing batsmen to score freely. Fast bowlers haven’t fared well here in the past because the surface isn’t conducive to them. Spinners have done well because the ball can turn sharply at times.
On April 9, we can expect a warm evening in Pune, with the wicket flat enough for batsmen to play their strokes freely. There would be little help for the bowlers in this situation. To win here, the team that bats first would need to score around 180 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Match Prediction
The Mumbai Indians are facing their most difficult challenge in years. Three consecutive losses have exposed their flaws, particularly in the bowling department. The team has also struggled with inconsistency among their batsmen. To win this game, they must put all of this behind them. RCB has momentum on its side and a strong bowling attack, so they should get off to a better start than Mumbai in this game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is the favourite to beat Mumbai Indians at the odds of 1.80.
- Mumbai Indians have lost all three games and are struggling with inconsistency.
- Rohit Sharma, Mumbai’s opener and top batsman, has only scored 54 runs in three games.
- Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel have combined for 10 wickets for RCB in three games.