MI VS RCB: IPL 2023 54th Pre-match Predictions
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will meet in the 54th match of the TATA IPL 2023 edition. Both teams have a phenomenal fanbase and the two modern-day greats, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be up against each other once again in this year’s TATA IPL. In the previous encounter between both sides, we saw a thrashing defeat for Mumbai Indians as Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis ensured a comfortable victory for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Basic information about the match:
|⏰ Time||7:30 PM|
|🏏 Teams||Mumbai Indians VS Royal Challengers Bangalore|
MI Players List and Roles
|Rohit Sharma (c)||Batter|
|Mohd Arshad Khan||Batter|
RCB Players List and Roles
|Faf Du Plessis (c)||Batter|
|Rajat Patidar (Ruled Out)||Batter|
|Josh Hazlewood (Ruled Out)||Bowler|
|Reece Topley (Ruled Out)||Bowler|
Both Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore had a disappointing start to their campaigns in the inaugural edition of TATA IPL in 2008. The first encounter between both teams was in the 5th match of the tournament on 19th April 2008 at the Wankhede where the South African legend Mark Boucher helped the Royal Challengers Bangalore to register a win over the Mumbai Indians. Coincidently, Mark Boucher is now the head coach of Mumbai Indians.
Previous IPL Results
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore share one of the fiercest rivalries in the history of IPL. Mumbai Indians, known for having a dominant record against almost all the teams, also have a sublime record against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Out of the 33 games played between the sides, Mumbai Indians have won 19 matches, while Royal Challengers Bangalore has managed to win only 14 matches. But recently, all four matches played between the teams since 2021 have been won by the Bangalore franchise.
|02-Apr-2023||Royal Challengers Bangalore||8 wickets||Mumbai|
|09-Apr-2022||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7 Wickets||Pune|
|26-Sep-2021||Royal Challengers Bangalore||54 runs||Dubai|
|09-Apr-2021||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2 Wickets||Chennai|
|28-Oct-2020||Mumbai Indians||5 Wickets||Abu Dhabi|
|28-Sep-2020||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Super Over||Dubai|
|15-Apr-2019||Mumbai Indians||5 Wickets||Mumbai|
|28-Mar-2019||Mumbai Indians||6 Runs||Bengaluru|
|01-May-2018||Royal Challengers Bangalore||14 Runs||Bengaluru|
|17-Apr-2018||Mumbai Indians||46 Runs||Mumbai|
|01-May-2017||Mumbai Indians||5 Wickets||Mumbai|
|14-Apr-2017||Mumbai Indians||4 Wickets||Bengaluru|
|10-May-2016||Mumbai Indians||6 Wickets||Bengaluru|
|19-Apr-2016||Mumbai Indians||6 Wickets||Mumbai|
|09-May-2015||Royal Challengers Bangalore||39 Runs||Mumbai|
|18-Apr-2015||Mumbai Indians||18 Runs||Bengaluru|
|05-May-2014||Mumbai Indians||19 Runs||Mumbai|
|18-Apr-2014||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7 Wickets||Dubai|
|26-Apr-2013||Mumbai Indians||58 Runs||Mumbai|
|03-Apr-2013||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2 Runs||Bengaluru|
|13-May-2012||Mumbai Indians||5 Wickets||Bengaluru|
|08-May-2012||Royal Challengers Bangalore||9 Wickets||Mumbai|
|08-Oct-2011||Mumbai Indians*||31 Runs||Chennai|
|26-May-2011||Royal Challengers Bangalore||43 Runs||Chennai|
|11-Apr-2011||Mumbai Indians||9 Wickets||Bengaluru|
|18-Sep-2010||Mumbai Indians*||2 Runs||Durban|
|20-Apr-2010||Mumbai Indians||35 Runs||Mumbai (DY)|
|16-Apr-2010||Mumbai Indians||57 Runs||Bengaluru|
|19-Mar-2010||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7 Wickets||Mumbai (BS)|
|09-May-2009||Mumbai Indians||16 Runs||Port Elizabeth|
|02-May-2009||Royal Challengers Bangalore||9 Wickets||Johannesburg|
|27-May-2008||Mumbai Indians||9 Wickets||Bengaluru|
|19-Apr-2008||Royal Challengers Bangalore||5 Wickets||Mumbai|
Mumbai Indians have played immensely well against the Royal Challengers Bangalore until recently and they would like to make things square after the first match between both the sides. Both teams would like to make the most of the batting-friendly conditions.
Probable Best Batter of the Match
Faf du Plessis, the former South African captain, and of Royal Challengers Bangalore right now in the TATA IPL, is showing his everlasting class and form. When the team arrives at Wankhede, and the opponent is Mumbai Indians, against whom Faf du Plessis has piled runs in the past, he is expected to be the best batter of the match.
Probable Best Bowler of the Match
Mohammed Siraj has bowled really well in this edition of TATA IPL. He has bowled tremendously in the powerplay and at the death to ensure that the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling attack looks solid. He is one of the bowlers who has bowled the most dot balls in this year’s TATA IPL and that speaks volumes about his skills. This is the reason why he may be the best bowler of the match.
Mumbai Indians will be taking on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 54th Match of TATA Indian Premier League 2023 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 9th May 2023. For the viewers, the match will be telecast live at 7:30 pm on Star Sports network on television and Jio Cinema on your mobile handset.
The Wankhede Stadium is popular for its belter of a pitch and fast outfield. It is a day game and that is why the heat of Mumbai may test the side fielding first. The captain who wins the toss may want to field first regardless of the heat. Along with that, the shorter boundary on all sides may prove to be a crucial factor as well as the dew coming in the later half of the game in deciding the outcome of the match.
Today’s match prediction: Final Thoughts
Both teams have shown their calibre and would look to translate the same into a comprehensive performance in this crucial stage of the tournament. Because of the recent past record, the team combination, and form, Royal Challengers Bangalore are the favourites to win this match.