IPL Match 18 - Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians

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In the eighteenth game of the IPL 2022, the Mumbai Indians will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a highly anticipated contest. Mumbai lost their first match to the impressive Delhi Capitals, while Royal Challengers have picked themselves up well and have won 2 of their 3 matches so far. MI continued to lose their next two games as well, as they have 0 points so far. 

Betting Pick Betting Odds @10cric 
RCB to win.  1.80
MI to hit the most sixes 2.00
MI to have the Highest Opening Partnership 1.80
Bumrah to be MI's top bowler 3.25

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History

The Mumbai Indians are the most successful side in IPL history, with a record 5 titles to their name. RCB, in contrast, have still never won this title. This clash is between two of India's greatest ever batsmen and fierce rivals - Rohit Sharma Vs Virat Kohli. 

These two arch-rivals have met 29 times over the years, and MI have a slightly one sided head to head record as they have won 17 times, while RCB have only won 12 matches. 

Team News And Tournament So Far

Mumbai Indians  

Mumbai Indians have had a disastrous start to the IPL 2022 season, losing both their first two matches comprehensively. Their bowling has been very poor as DC and RR both found it very easy to post huge totals against them. 

The five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) winners, have received good news in the form of ace batsman Suryakumar Yadav's comeback from rehabilitation. Yadav, who missed the first two IPL games against Rajasthan Royals(RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC), could be available for the third game after fully recovering from his injury. He will almost certainly replace Anmolpreet Singh, who scored 8 points off 9 balls against Delhi.

Daniel Sams proved to be quite expensive in MI's first game. He conceded 57 runs in four overs and was a major factor for the team's loss in their first game. Riley Meredith, Fabian Allen, or Jaydev Unadkat might take his spot in the starting XI.

Tilak Varma showed off his abilities in the first game against DC, scoring a critical 22 runs off 15 deliveries, and he was also solid against Rajasthan Royals, scoring a brilliant 61 off just 33 balls, studded with 5 sixes. Despite encouraging individual performances, MI have lost 3 out of 3 matches so far. 

Mumbai Indians Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Riley Meredith, Murugan Ashwin, Tymal Mills, Jasprit Bumrah, Basil Thampi.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 

RCB started the season poory despite posting a mammoth score against Punjab Kings. However, their bowling was torn apart by the PBKS batsmen and they chased down 206. In the second game, RCB almost suffered a humiliating defeat as they struggled to chase down a very low score set up by KKR, but eventually managed to record their first win of the season. 

Glenn Maxwell, who recently married, will miss at least the first two games of Royal Challengers Bangalore, while his Australian counterparts Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff will miss the first three games since the Australian players would not be available until April 6.

Mohammed Siraj (2/59 in 4 overs) and Akash Deep (1/38 in 3 overs) both cost too much. While Mohammed Siraj will face RR for the first time, Akash Deep may be replaced by Siddharth Kaul.

RCB Probable XI - Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Siddharth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj 

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

Royal Challengers Bangalore are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.80 as per 10cric, despite a hurtful loss in their first game. This is primarily because MI are still winless and lack confidence going into this game. 

Top Team Batsman

Mumbai Indians have a brilliant opening pair and both of them are the favourites to be their top scorers, with Ishan Kishan having odds of 3.25 and Rohit Sharma’s odds being 3.00.

RCB opener FAF Du Plessis is unsurprisingly the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 2.87. He played a brilliant innings in the first game but it went in vain eventually. His opening partner Virat Kohli has odds of 3.00. Dinesh Karthik has odds of 6.00 to be the top batsman.

Highest Opening Partnership

Mumbai Indians are favourites at 1.80 to have the highest opening partnership as Rohit and Ishan Kishan are considered as one of the best opening pairs in the league. RCB have sent young Anuj Rawat to open with FAF, and that is the reason they are not the favourites in this market. 

Top Team Bowler

Jasprit Bumrah is the clear favourite from MI to be their top bowler with odds of 3.25, while Tymal Mills had a great outing in the previous match and has odds of 3.75.

Last year’s top wicket-taker Harshal Patel is RCB’s favourite to be the top team bowler at 3.50, followed by Hasaranga at 4.00.

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 339.5 runs in this match are 1.83, as per 10cric. This seems highly achievable as both these teams have some brilliant batsmen and have scored plenty of runs this season.

Individual Player Betting

  • Ishan Kishan to score more than 29.5 runs has odds of 1.83 , which is a tempting bet as he is in incredible form and struck a brilliant half century in the first match as well. Du Plessis to score more than 29.5 runs has odds of 1.81, and it’s a solid bet as he is one of the best batsmen in the league and also in form.
  • RCB to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.05, which can be tempting with Du Plessis, Kohli, Karthik and Rutherford all capable of clearing the boundary. MI to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.00, which can be tempting with Yadav back in the team and traditional big hitters Rohit, Ishan and Pollard all ready and waiting
  • Harshal Patel to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.25, while Bumrah to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.00, as this promises to be a clash of these brilliant pacers.

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