The race to playoffs has started generating a lot of buzz right now. Teams are vying for those elusive 4 spots in the top of the charts. The emergence of Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders has put a doubt in the minds of teams like Bangalore and Mumbai. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians, both are coming off consecutive losses. This is a real big game for both sides. Here is all about RCB vs MI StumpsandBails Match Predictions.
RCB vs MI: Form Preview
RCB have lost 7 games in a row in UAE:
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have found the going difficult in UAE. They are on a 7-game losing streak in UAE. RCB who started the tournament with a bang having won 4 out of their first 4 games have now lost 4 out of their next 5. They have to start winning games in UAE to keep their playoff hopes alive. RCB have to wade off Mumbai Indians’ challenge in their comeback quest. It is the battle of big guns in Dubai. RCB will hope that the venue change will help their luck too.
MI are not looking their same old self this season:
Mumbai Indians were clearly the best team in the tournament last season. They dominated games right through IPL 2020. But MI surprisingly have not worn that same champions tag this season. The dominance has deserted them. Their much-coveted middle and lower-middle order have failed to deliver. The form of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan has added to their woes. MI much like RCB have lost both games in UAE thus far. They will look to reverse their fortunes when they clash against RCB.
RCB vs MI StumpsandBails Match Predictions: Favourites?
There is very little to choose between both these sides. They both are the powerhouses of the IPL. But they have struggled so far after arriving in UAE. RCB have lost in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah while MI have lost in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It will be interesting to see how these sides fare in what promises to be an engaging contest. RCB might just have that extra zip in this contest.
Match-winners in this game:
Glenn Maxwell has good numbers against MI. Expect him to come good against MI.
Trent Boult is arguably one of the finest new-ball bowlers in the current generation. He will be the key in the powerplay.
AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell’s partnership in the middle-order will be RCB’s X-factor.
Kieron Pollard is in good hitting form. He will be the X-factor for MI.
What does stats say about MI vs RCB?
RCB and MI have played 28 IPL games against each other.
RCB has won 11 games. MI has won 17 matches.
RCB’s highest score against MI is 235. MI’s highest score against RCB in 213.
RCB’s lowest score against MI is 122. MI’s highest score against RCB in 115.
The Dubai pitch does offer a bit for everyone. The batsmen can trust the true bounce. There will be swing early on. The early movement was quite evident in the match featuring MI and CSK. But if the openers are able to ride the early challenge then they might be in for a big knock.
A high of 38 degrees and a low of 30 degrees is expected. There are no chances of rain. Dew might not play a big factor in Dubai.
A total of 63 matches has been played at this venue. Teams batting first have won 35 games while chasing teams have won 27. The average scoring batting first at this venue is 144. On the other hand the average 2nd innings score is a paltry 122. Anything above 160 will be a par score batting first.
It is the battle of the powerhouses. A win here for either team might decide their fate heading into the business end of the tournament.