IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore taking place? Friday 9th April, 2021 – 15:00 (UK)

Where is Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore taking place? M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Where can I get tickets for Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? IPL 2021 matches will initially be played without spectators but visit the official IPL website for any further updates

What channel is Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore on? Sky Sports will be televising this match

Where can I stream Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match live vis the Sky Go website or app

THE TEAM NEWS

MUMBAI INDIANS

  • The most successful team in IPL history and current champions come into this new campaign looking for their third successive trophy and sixth in their illustrious history as they face Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.
  • There are favourites once again to win this time around as they possess all the same key members that won it for them last year and they have strengthened with the arrival of Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, veteran spinner Piyush Chawla along with speed merchants Adam Milne and Marco Jansen.
  • They are expected to be without star opener Quinton de Kock who is quarantining after arriving in the country so Chris Lynn could be handed a rare start at the top of the order alongside skipper Rohit Sharma while their middle order looks as formidable as ever with the impressive Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav at three and four.

Expected line-up: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Chris Lynn, 3 Ishan Kishan (wk), 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

  • After making the play-offs for the first time since 2016, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hungry to go even further this time around after they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator in 2020.
  • In typical RCB style, they made a big splash in the auction as they signed Glenn Maxwell for big money along with Blackcaps star Kyle Jamieson but there are question marks over both of them and the departure of Chris Morris leaves a big hole in their death bowling especially.
  • They have one absentee in terms of expected starters as last year’s emerging star Devdutt Padikkal is ruled out due to a positive COVID test so that will likely mean Mohammed Azharuddeen moves up to open along with Virat Kohli and could see left-handed Sachin Baby come in at number six.

Expected line-up: 1 Mohammed Azharuddeen (wk), 2 Virat Kohli (capt), 3 AB de Villiers, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Dan Christian, 6 Sachin Baby 7 Kyle Jamieson, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Mohammed Siraj, 10 Navdeep Saini, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

THE PREDICTION

Champions Mumbai Indians open the 2021 Indian Premier League against the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore in what promises to be an action-packed match to kick off the tournament. Mumbai have retained virtually their entire team from last year and look just as strong as ever. Despite missing Quinton de Kock, their expected eleven looks formidable and while they do not quite possess the star power of RCB who have Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and Dan Christian in their ranks, the balance and depth with bat and ball for Mumbai gives them the advantage. RCB will rely heavily on their big names to produce the goods while Mumbai will be expecting contributions from their entire team. Of course, if any of RCB’s big names produce fireworks, they can win any game, but the all-round strength of the champions sees them favoured to open with a win here.

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