Who Will Win MI vs RCB 14th Match, IPL 2018?
Mumbai Indians will be hoping to turn things around when they face the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fourteenth fixture of the Indian Premier League 2018. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will be the venue for this match to be played on April 17. Live action is scheduled to commence at 8 PM local time.
MI vs RCB: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports, Fox Sports, OSN Sports Cricket HD
Live Streaming: Hotstar, Bet365, Sky Go, OSN Play
Seven out of the last eleven T20 matches played at the Wankhede have been won by the team that has fielded first. So toss is going to play an important role here and whichever team wins it on Tuesday night is more likely to bowl first.
Read on for team analysis, betting odds, betting tips and prediction for MI vs RCB 14th match, Indian Premier League 2018....
Mumbai Indians have announced New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne as replacement for the Australian paceman Pat Cummins who was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury. They made a couple of changes in the side in the last game - Hardik Padya and Akila Dananjaya were included in place of Pradeep Sangwan and Ben Cutting respectively - and it will likely remain that way for this game as well.
Rohit Sharma looks clearly out of form and this is going to put more pressure on the rest of the top-order. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have produced two good knocks in three matches and the team will be having high hopes on them. A few fireworks can also be expected from Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya down the order. Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur Rahman are the key figures in Mumbai's pace attack. But when it comes to spin, the spotlight will be on Mayank Markande who did a terrific job in the first two matches.
Mumbai Indians are languishing at the bottom of the points table after losing all of their first three league fixtures. The defending champions are coming off a seven-wicket defeat against the Delhi Daredevils at their home ground in what was yet another close contest for the men in blue.
Mumbai Indians Predicted Playing 11
Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Akila Dananjaya, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore are likely to retain Pawan Negi who was brought in place of Sarfaraz Khan in the last game against the Rajasthan Royals. None of their players were injured at the time of writing.
After AB de Villiers, it is now Virat Kohli who has hit a fifty for RCB this season. While these two are going to be the biggest hurdle for the Mumbai bowlers, Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock can also be equally dangerous on their day. Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are the go-to bowlers for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Woakes has been the most impressive of the lot with seven wickets in three games and he is likely to pick up a few early wickets for his side.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently placed sixth on the IPL 2018 leaderboard with one win and two losses from their first three league matches. They were let down by their bowlers in the last game against the Rajasthan Royals who amassed 217 runs while batting first. RCB batsmen did put up a good fight but the team fell short by 19 runs in the end.
Royal Challengers Predicted Playing 11
Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
MI: L L L W W
RCB: L W L W L
MI vs RCB Head to Head
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore have played 21 matches against each other in the Indian Premier League with the former leading the scoreline 13-8.
Mumbai Indians won by five wickets when they last faced-off against Royal Challengers Bangalore in one of the league-stage matches of the previous season.
Total Matches: 21; Mumbai Indians: 13; Royal Challengers Bangalore: 8
MI vs RCB Betting Odds
Royal Challengers Bangalore are favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this 14th match of the IPL 2018 at odds of 1.80 on Bet365 and 1.92 on Betfair. Mumbai Indians, despite playing on their home ground, are the underdogs at odds of 2 on Bet365 and 2.04 on Betfair. Betway is offering a 1.90 price on both the teams to win this match.
MI vs RCB Prediction
Mumbai Indians are living up to their reputation of being slow starters as they are still seeking their first win of the season after playing three matches. Obviously, there is going to be a lot of pressure on them as one more defeat here would make it very difficult for them to bounce back. What's more concerning is that they have lost both their home games in the season - first against Chennai Super Kings and then against Delhi Daredevils in their last match.
However, MI do boast a fantastic record against Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have beaten them four times in their last five matches as well as four times in the last five matches against them at this venue. Although RCB with their power-packed batting line-up look a dangerous side on this batsman-friendly Wankhede track, we feel that Mumbai Indians due to their superior death bowling could break their losing streak in this match and finally get to taste victory.
Final Verdict: Back Mumbai Indians to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore at 1.90 on Betway, 2 on Bet365 and 2.04 on Betfair.