|[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Match Date:||28th March, Thursday|
|[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|[icon name=”male” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Expected Crowd Turnout:||38,000|
|[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Match Venue:||M Chinnaswamy Stadium|
The Match 7 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Royal Challengers Bangalore host Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The two sides had a forgetful start to their IPL campaigns. On one hand, Virat Kohli-led RCB faced an 7-wicket battering defeat in the competition’s opening fixture against defending champions Chennai Super Kings. On the other, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai were embarrassed at home by Delhi Capitals who won by 37 runs.
Nonetheless, both the teams will be looking to keep their disappointing start to the season back and start afresh with a new zeal.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians IPL match:
|[icon name=”key” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Key Players in form||RCB- Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
MI- Yuvraj Singh, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan
|[icon name=”cloud” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Weather Conditions||30℃, 74% Humidity, Winds up to 18 km/hr. No signs of rain.|
|[icon name=”circle” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Toss Advantage||Team batting second has won in four of the seven times last season.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, Batting-friendly pitch. High humidity and winds may affect bowling later in the evening.|
|[icon name=”map-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 185
Highest Total (2018): 218/6 (RCB)
|Ground Size: Eden Gardens||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 85 m|
|Injury Updates||RCB- Australian All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was absent from the first IPL match due to international duty against Pakistan. He will continue to remain absent.
MI – Mumbai Indians (and India) received a major blow after No.1 pacer Jasprit Bumrah sustained a shoulder injury in the match against Delhi Capitals. The fast bowler did not board the flight to Bengaluru and is expected to be out for extended period of time, with the ICC World Cup 2019 just round the corner.
Elsewhere, Adam Milne (Heel), Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff (international duty) are all out from the Thursday’s clash.
|[icon name=”home” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Home Advantage||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|[icon name=”handshake-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Head-to-Head||RCB 9 – 16 MI (0 Draw)|
|[icon name=”bolt” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Form||RCB – W W W L L
MI – W L W L L
Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel (WK), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rasikh Salam, Mayank Markande.
RCB vs MI Dream11 Prediction
Dismal bowling. Failed batting. Defeat in the season’s first match. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians do share a lot of similarities going into the match 7 of IPL 2019.
However, Royal Challengers will be the worried of the two, especially considering the way in which they almost surrendered against their opponents CSK. The dismissal of Virat Kohli in the third over triggered a sudden collapse that only ended after RCB were packed for a paltry total of 70 runs, their joint second lowest in the league’ history.
Except Parthiv Patel (29), not a single Bangalore player could enter the double digits. Such a dismal batting performance is shocking in a sense, especially when we are talking about a team once considered to possess the best batting lineup. (Remember the Gayle-Kohli-de Villiers-Yuvraj Singh days ?)
— HARSHIT PANDEY (@badass_babua_11) March 23, 2019
What fails RCB is their overdependence on the foreign players for scoring runs. Except Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel, the team doesn’t have a single experienced Indian batsman who could stabilize their middle order.
The franchise had bought all-rounder Shivam Dube in the 2018 IPL Auctions at an astronomical price of ₹ 5 crores. However, the player has yet to justify his hefty price tag. Washington Sundar may well get a chance in his place on Thursday.
Thus, it remains to the talented players like Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, and Colin de Grandhomme to perform with the bat.
Although Mumbai Indians are a more balanced side on paper, major injuries and absence may derail their IPL campaign this season. Lasith Malinga, the highest wicket-taker in the IPL history, along with Adam Milne, and Jason Behrendorff have been away serving national duties.
However, the 2017 champion’s biggest setback came on Sunday, after experienced pacer Jasprit Bumrah sustained a major shoulder injury against SRH. The onus would now shift on Hardik Pandya and the Mitchell McClenaghan to spearhead the fast bowling department. Right-arm leg break bowler Mayank Markande, who scalped 15 wickets last season, may also get chance this time around.
In the batting department, veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh was the surprise performer for Mumbai, scoring 53 off 35 deliveries. Hardik Pandya (gone for a duck) and Suryakumar Yadav (2) had a nightmarish start to the campaign and would look to improve their performances in the Thursday’s match. Ishan Kishan and Ewin Lewis may also get a much-needed break in place of Yadav and Kieron Pollard.
Yuvraj Singh in vintage form has kept Mumbai in the hunt deep into the inning. Not enough support for him though several batsmen got starts should worry #MI
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 24, 2019
Although Virat Kohli & Co. can give Mumbai Indians a run for their money, we go with MI to win Thursday’s game.
Considering that Chinnaswamy Stadium has a batting pitch with an incredible average of 185 runs (in IPL 2018), it would be wise to choose the maximum number of batsman. Amongst them, hard-hitters like Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma, Ab de Villiers and Virat Kohli would be highly recommended.
Choosing bowlers with low economy rates like Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya would do the trick. Lastly, choosing Yuvraj Singh can also be a wise decision, considering he is in form and knows the Chinnaswamy pitch pretty well.
RCB vs MI Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel (WK), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Mitchell McClenaghan.
RCB vs MI Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Virat Kohli, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Shimron Hetmyer, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal.