IPL 2019 – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians taking place? Thursday 28th March, 14:30 (UK)

Where is Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians taking place? M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

What is the expected weather for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians? Warm temperatures of 34-36c and sunshine forecast all day

What channel is Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport 3

Where can I stream Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match on the BT Sport app

Where can I get tickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians? https://www.iplt20.com/schedule

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Royal Challengers Bangalore W4, Mumbai Indians W8
Last meeting: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 14 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Coach: Gary Kirsten

Captain: Virat Kohli

  • After the dismal defeat in the first match of IPL 2019 where they were bowled out for just 70 runs in Chennai against the Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to raise their performance significantly in front of their home fans and kick-start their campaign.

  • Their options to change the team around in terms of their overseas players is limited while Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile are on international duty with Australia and although Tim Southee is available, he is unlikely to come into the side as it is the batting that needs an upgrade arguably.

  • They may contemplate moving Moeen Ali up the order to open the batting and enable skipper Virat Kohli to drop to number three and changes to the batting order seem more likely than changes in personnel for this match.

MUMBAI INDIANS

Coach: Mahela Jayawardene

Captain: Rohit Sharma

  • Mumbai Indians got off to a poor start similar to their opponents as Delhi Capitals walloped 213/6 from their 20 overs in their match on Sunday and they fell 37 runs short in their chase as they were never really in the game after that total had been posted against their bowling unit.

  • Following the conclusion of the Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, Lasith Malinga has been released from international duty and arrived in India on Wednesday and despite any potential fatigue, there is a good chance the pace bowler could come straight into the side for either Ben Cutting or possibly Mitch McClenaghan.

  • There was major concern over the fitness of star bowler Jasprit Bumrah who was holding his shoulder after the final ball of the Indians’ first match but he trained fine on Wednesday and will be available to play here unless they leave him out as a precaution.

THE PREDICTION

Bangalore hosts a fascinating match-up here between two teams that suffered poor defeats in their opening match and are now under pressure to get a win here. The defeat in Chennai for RCB was something of a freak result on a horribly slow pitch so not too much attention should be paid to that. Mumbai struggled on a batting-friendly track to halt the Delhi Capitals in their match and that could be the same issue here. RCB will be confident that this pitch will suit their batting much more and that may give them the edge although this literally is a match that could go either way.