IPL 8 Match 46 Preview
IPL Prediction for MI vs RCB Match
Match No 46: MI vs RCB
Date and Venue: 10th May 2015, Mumbai
Head to Head: Played 16 RCB 7 MI 9
MI and RCB Battle for No. 4
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore battle at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to move a step forward in booking their place in final four. Mumbai Indians have shown tremendous transformation in recent matches of the league and registered wins in all the last 5 matches.
After losing 5 out of first six games, MI looked feeble but they have came out as a team with each and every player stepping up to the occasion. They certainly look a side to beat in this tournament now especially with their last performance against CSK where young Hardik Pandya blasted 21 runs off 8 balls, clinched an all important win for MI, showed the character and confidence the team is in.
On the other hand RCB is also looking in great touch with just one loss in their last 5 matches. Team with players like Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mitchell Starc in their playing XI needs just one of them to step up on the match day to take away the game from the opposition. Each of them being match winners can easily outclass the opposition on their day.
A stiff task ahead of Mumbai Indians is to contain the RCB batting. Chris Gayle blasting 117 off 57 balls in his match against KXIP is certainly a major threat for MI. MI bowlers need to get him out early else it would over for them pretty soon. Wankhede pitch favors the batsmen immensely and if any of the 3 major RCB batsmen gets in mood today, MI would surely be chasing a mammoth total today.
Lasith Malinga will be back today in playing XI in place of Merchant de Lange who is a crucial player for them and adds stability in that bowling department. Batting for them looks pretty decent with all players chipping in with their part. L Simmons and Parthiv Patel put up a 84 run partnership in their last encounter against CSK in Chennai a couple of days back and also young Hardik Pandya showed what he is capable of.
Harbhajan Singh has been in best of his form in the recent matches and he needs to step up this time too if they wish to win this crucial battle against RCB.
On the other hand, RCB batting has been the key factor for them, though there always been one major player who played long and others played around him which has worked for them so far. The addition of Mitchell Starc in the squad has been a tremendous boost for Challengers. He is a world class bowler and has lived up to the expectations quite nicely.
He is among the top wicket takers of the tournament with 15 wickets under his belt and thriving for more in matches to come. He is currently at no. 4 after Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and D Bravo in the list of top wicket takers of IPL season 8. All the three above have taken 17 wickets in the tournament so far. Starc has an opportunity here to grab the first spot by chipping away 3 or more wickets in today’s game.
Match between MI and RCB is crucial for both the teams to stay ahead of rest of the teams. MI holds the 5th spot while RCB is at number 6 in the points table with 12 and 11 points respectively. The winner of the game today will move up to number 4.
MI vs RCB Teams News (Probable XI)
Lasith Malinga would come back in place of Marchant de Lange, rest being the same as in the match against CSK.
Mumbai Indians (Probable XI): 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Parthiv Patel (wk), 3 Rohit Sharma (capt), 4 Kieron Pollard, 5 Ambati Rayudu, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Harbhajan Singh, 8 J Suchith, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan
RCB won’t like to change their winning combinations and enter the field unchanged.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Probable XI): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Virat Kohli (capt), 3 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Sarfaraz Khan, 6 Mandeep Singh, 7 David Wiese, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, Sreenath Aravind
The Pitch Report for MI vs RCB
The match will be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai where the pitch is batting friendly and support spinners too. Quality spinner like Harbhajan Singh would be crucial on this pitch. But it is expected to be a high scoring game with both teams having power batsmen in their line up.
MI vs RCB Prediction and Odds
RCB is 1.68 to win the match.
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