After finally recording their first win of the 2019 Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore now face Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. The match is scheduled for April 15 and the live action begins at 20:00 local time.
MI vs RCB, IPL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
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MI vs RCB Toss Prediction
Royal Challengers Bangalore have only won the toss twice, electing to field first both times. They are due another win and a change in fortune.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Indian Premier League 2019....
Mumbai Indians Team News & Playing 11
MI Team News
Rohit Sharma returned from injury last time out, replacing Siddhesh Lad at the top of the order. Alzarri Joseph hurt his shoulder badly while fielding in Saturday's game against Rajasthan Royals. Lasith Malinga will probably be drafted into the playing eleven should Joseph is deemed unfit to play on match day. Quinton de Kock suffered dehydration last time but he is expected to be fit for this game.
MI Key Players
Quinton de Kock moved to 238 runs in seven innings with his second half-century of IPL 2019 in the defeat to Rajasthan Royals. The South African set the tone with 81 from 52 balls, including a 96-run opening partnership with Rohit Sharma (47).
Kieron Pollard fell short last time out, but his 46 from 26 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad and 83 from 31 balls against Kings XI Punjab highlighted his very best batting form.
Sharma has 165 runs from six innings and Suryakumar Yadav – last year’s Mumbai top scorer – has 154 runs.
Hardik Pandya has also put in some useful knocks – he has a strike rate of 183.95 after hammering an unbeaten 28 from 11 balls last time out. Pandya also has six wickets from seven matches.
Jasprit Bumrah is their leading wicket taker with eight wickets from seven matches, and he has an economy rate of 7.01 runs per over too.
MI Team Form
Mumbai’s three-match winning streak ended last time out with defeat to a Jos Buttler-inspired Rajasthan Royals. Quinton de Kock had hit 81 from 52 balls in a total of 187/5 but Rajasthan won by four wickets with three balls remaining.
They had previously beaten Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in back-to-back games. Suryakumar Yadav top-scored in a 37-run win against the Super Kings, before Alzarri Joseph helped skittle Sunrisers Hyderabad for 96 in a 40-run win next up.
Kieron Pollard’s explosive batting then saw Mumbai chase 198 to beat Kings XI Punjab off the final ball, only for their winning streak to end at the Wankhede Stadium last time out. Mumbai have four wins from their first seven matches in total.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News & Playing 11
RCB Team News
Royal Challengers Bangalore opted for just three overseas players last time out, with Umesh Yadav replacing Tim Southee in the only change to their line-up. Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was due to link up with the squad ahead of the previous game, has been ruled out of the tournament. Dale Steyn is set to replace him but he will not be available for this game. Expect RCB to go with an unchanged line-up.
RCB Key Players
For the third consecutive match, Virat Kohli top-scored for Royal Challengers Bangalore last time out – the India captain hitting 67 from 53 balls. He now has 270 runs from seven matches, including two half-centuries. In his last three innings he has scored 84, 41 and 67 while he also hit 46 when Bangalore last met Mumbai.
AB de Villiers top-scored in that match, hitting 70* from 41 balls including six sixes. The South African scored an unbeaten 59 from 38 balls last time out, meanwhile. He has hit three half-centuries and 232 runs in total. His strike rate of 156.75 is also impressive.
Marcus Stoinis’ unbeaten 28 from 16 balls last time out takes him to 102 runs in four innings, meanwhile. He has only been dismissed once and also has a handy strike rate of 137.83 – getting back to the sort of form he showed in the Big Bash League.
Yuzvendra Chahal has led the bowling, meanwhile. He took 2-33 last time out and now has 11 wickets in seven matches with an economy rate of 7.07. Only Kagiso Rabada has more wickets so far in this year’s IPL.
RCB Team Form
Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their first six matches in this year’s IPL but Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers both hit half-centuries as they ended their losing streak by beating Kings XI Punjab last time out. Kohli scored 67 and De Villiers 59 as RCB chased 174 to win by eight wickets.
Kohli also top scored in the previous two matches – a four-wicket loss to Delhi Capitals, after they posted 149/8, and a five-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders despite the India captain’s 84 helping them set 205/3.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted Playing 11
Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
MI : L W W W L
RCB : W L L L L
MI vs RCB Head to Head
MI vs RCB Head to Head
Lasith Malinga got away with overstepping on the final ball of the last match between these two – the umpires missing the Sri Lankan’s no ball as Mumbai held on for a six-run win, defending 187/8. AB de Villiers had hit 70*, while Yuzvendra Chahal had earlier claimed a four-wicket haul, but Jasprit Bumrah’s 3-20 for Mumbai ultimately made the difference.
Mumbai’s win was their 17th in 26 matches against Bangalore, with RCB winning the other nine. Last season they each won one apiece.
MI vs RCB Betting Odds
Despite both teams’ recent form reversing last time out, Mumbai Indians are still favourites to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.
MI Betway Odds
MI to Win the Match: Mumbai Indians are 1.72 favourites to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore with Betway.
MI Top Batsmen: Rohit Sharma is 3.25 to be Mumbai’s top batsman, while Quinton de Kock is 3.75. Suryakumar Yadav is 4.50. Kieron Pollard is 1.83 to score more than 18.5 runs and 6.50 to be Mumbai’s top batsman.
MI Top Bowler: Jasprit Bumrah is 3.00 to be Mumbai’s top bowler, while Lasith Malinga is 3.25. Hardik Pandya can be backed at 5.00.
RCB Betway Odds
RCB to Win the Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore are outsiders with Betway at 2.05 to beat Mumbai Indians.
RCB Top Batsman: In-form Virat Kohli is 1.83 to score more than 32.5 runs and 2.80 to be Royal Challengers’ top batsman. AB de Villiers is 3.00, having been their top batsman in the previous fixture with Mumbai. Parthiv Patel can be backed at 5.00 and Marcus Stoinis at 5.50.
RCB Top Bowler: Yuzvendra Chahal, RCB’s top wicket-taker so far, is 2.60 to be their top bowler. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj need to impress and are 4.00 and 4.33 respectively.
MI Bet365 Odds
MI to Win the Match: Mumbai Indians are 1.72 favourites to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium with Bet365.
MI Top Batsman: Quinton de Kock was their top batsman last time out and he is 4.00 to do so again. Rohit Sharma is 3.40, while Suryakumar Yadav is 5.00. Kieron Pollard has gone back out to 9.00 despite his recent explosive batting form.
MI Top Bowler: Jasprit Bumrah is 3.50 to be their top bowler, meanwhile, while Lasith Malinga – on his potential return – is 4.33. Hardik Pandya is 5.50, while Rahul Chahr is 5.00.
RCB Bet365 Odds
RCB to Win the Match: Despite getting their first win of the season last time out, Royal Challengers Bangalore are 2.10 outsiders to beat Mumbai Indians with Bet365.
RCB Top Batsman: Virat Kohli is 2.87 to be their top batsman for a fourth consecutive game. AB de Villiers is also in good form and he is 4.00. Parthiv Patel (5.00) and Marcus Stoinis (6.00) have also shown good form in the top order. De Villiers is 6.00 to hit the most sixes.
RCB Top Bowler: Yuzvendra Chahal continues to lead their bowling and he is 3.00 to be RCB’s top bowler with Bet365. Mohammed Siraj is 5.50, while Umesh Yadav is 5.00.
MI Betrally Odds
MI to Win the Match: Betrally have also priced Mumbai Indians as clear favourites – the hosts are 1.71 to win at the Wankhede Stadium.
MI Top Batsman: Individually, Rohit Sharma is 3.30 to be their top batsman and De Kock is 3.95. Suryakumar Yadav is 4.75, while Kieron Pollard is 8.75.
MI Top Bowler: Jasprit Bumrah is 3.35 to be their top bowler, while Lasith Malinga is 4.15 and Jason Behrendorff is 4.45.
RCB Betrally Odds
RCB to Win the Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore are 2.05 to win with Betrally.
RCB Top Batsman: Virat Kohli’s form continued last time out and he is 2.75 to be their top batsman, while AB de Villiers – who top-scored when these teams last met – is 3.95. Parthiv Patel is 4.85, while Marcus Stoinis is 5.75.
RCB Top Bowler: Yuzvendra Chahal remains their top wicket taker and he is 2.90 to be RCB’s top bowler. Umesh Yadav is 4.95, while Mohammed Siraj is 5.45.
MI vs RCB Prediction
Mumbai Indians’ winning streak ended last time out, while Royal Challengers Bangalore were recording their first win of the season, but Mumbai have already proved their quality. If Kieron Pollard fires again, Mumbai can beat Royal Challengers Bangalore for a second time this season.
Back Mumbai Indians to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore at 1.71 with Betrally and 1.72 with Bet365 and Betway.