Mumbai Indians would be eyeing their first win of IPL 2022.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will be locking horns with the Mumbai Indians in Match 18 of IPL 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on April 9. Both teams would be heading into this contest on the back of contrasting fortunes. While RCB registered a four-wicket win against the Rajasthan Royals in their last encounter, MI suffered a huge loss against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Bangalore are in splendid form, having won two straight matches after their opening defeat to Punjab Kings by five wickets. Mumbai, on the other hand, are desperately looking forward to adding the first points to their tally having tasted defeats against the Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively. RCB would be relying on their solid middle-order to play a pivotal role yet again, whereas MI would be hoping to click as a unit.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, Match 18, IPL 2022
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: April 9, 7:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for Television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming.
The batters would be looking to make merry on the Pune wicket. However, the bowlers would be aiming for quick wickets early on. The humidity is expected to rise as the contest progresses, which would make it difficult for the bowlers to keep the ball dry. Therefore, the captain winning the toss will look to bowl first.
Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs MI
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), David Willey, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Akash Deep
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Jaydev Unadkat
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the Match: Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik has been RCB’s most consistent batter in the tournament so far. He has been playing a finisher’s role to perfection and has helped Bangalore get past the finish line in the last two matches. The middle-order sensation has amassed 90 runs from three outings at a strike rate of 204.5 and has also remained unbeaten on all three occasions.
Probable best bowler of the Match: Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel was the Purple Cap winner last season. He has kept himself engaged in the wickets tally this time around as well. The medium-pacer has so far registered four scalps to his name from three outings. He finished with figures of 2/11 against KKR from his four overs at an economy rate of 2.8. The senior bowler would be hoping to come up with an impressive performance against the Mumbai Indians.
Today’s Match Prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match.