Match Preview – MI vs RCB
The first match of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to hit the floors at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium situated in Chennai. The defending champions Mumbai Indians will lock horns against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener in 2021. The Rohit Sharma-led side is bolstered by a bunch of match-winners who can play a decisive role in the result of the match.
Talking about the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli and his brigade would embrace to set the momentum against their might of Mumbai. Both the teams will aim to kickstart their IPL 2021 campaign on a winning note and set the ball rolling for the rest of the season ahead.
Hence, ahead of the season opener, we make MI vs RCB IPL 2021 match prediction along with the probable winner in the inaugural game on April 9.
What to Expect – Pitch and Ground Conditions?
The Chepauk Stadium has always been a home ground for Chennai Super Kings. However, the year 2021 has changed the IPL dynamics completely. As all matches will be played at the neutral stadium, Chepauk is apparently going to be a precarious track for all the teams. Looking at the erstwhile trends, the 22-yards has always been a spin-friendly wicket.
If statistics are to be believed, there are 80% chances that the opposition team can defend 160 or above runs. Moreover, out of the top ten wicket-takers at the ground, nine of them are spinners. Hence, the tweakers will be looking forward to dominating the match with their profound skillset.
MI vs RCB Head to Head record in IPL| H2H IPL stats
MI won: 17
RCB won: 10
Mumbai Indians boast of a better head-to-head record against RCB. Hence, the MI will boast a moral victory before they step onto the cricketing field. For RCB, Kohli and his troops may avoid taking notice of the result tally and must look forward to making a robust start to their IPL season and tick the right boxes during the course of the match.
Players to Watch out for in MI vs RCB IPL match
As far as Mumbai is concerned, fans and experts would see the batting heroics being scripted by the in-form Surya Kumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma. The top-order batsmen are known for their consistency to score runs despite being under pressure situation. Jasprit Bumrah will spearhead the bowling department and may steal the show with his unplayable yorkers making it easy for his team to trounce the RCB.
In the RCB camp, Ab De Villiers and the young Devdutt Padikkal can dominate the batting with their impressive woodwork. Both of the two-star players have walked the talk in the former edition of the IPL. As expected, in a spin-friendly pitch, Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar are believed to discharge their duties in the right manner.
MI vs RCB Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
While both the teams look strong, the five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians will be high on confidence considering their past IPL record against the Kohli-led outfit. However, Mumbai would be wary of the fact that they have this tendency of beginning their IPL campaign with a loss in the last few IPL seasons. RCB, who will aim to find a settled combination might pounce on MI’s weakness of being slow starters. Though, Mumbai starts favorites and is likely to win the MI vs RCB IPL match on April 9.