RCB vs MI | IPL 2023 Preview & Prediction Match 5

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RCB vs MI is one of the biggest Indian Premier League (IPL) fixtures. Led by Faf du Plessis, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one of the most popular teams in the league. However, the franchise is yet to win silverware. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians (MI) has the most supporters in IPL and is the team who had the most success since the 2013 season.

The marquee fixture played at Chinnaswamy Stadium is on April 2, Sunday, at 7:30 PM.

Team Analysis | RCB & MI

RCB’s batting lineup is a force to be reckoned with in the IPL. With the explosive batting skills of Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, and Glenn Maxwell in the top order, RCB has a team that can pile up runs. Rajat Patidar, who hit a hundred in IPL last season, is doubtful for the first half of the 2023 season.

The three-time finalists have an excellent bowling lineup. Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranga   Mohammed Siraj, Reece Topley, and Harshal Patel are the key bowlers in the squad. However, Hazlewood and Hasaranga will miss the opening few matches due to injury and national team commitments, respectively.

RCB Player List

  • Faf du Plessis (captain)
  • Virat Kohli
  • Rajat Patidar
  • Akash Deep
  • Wanindu Hasaranga
  • Reece Topley
  • Will Jacks
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Mahipal Lomror
  • Karn Sharma
  • Himanshu Sharma
  • Manoj Bhandage
  • Finn Allen
  • David Willey
  • Rajan Kumar
  • Suyash S Prabhudessai
  • Sonu Yadav
  • Siddharth Kaul
  • Shahbaz Ahamad
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Harshal Patel
  • Dinesh Karthik
  • Avinash Singh
  • Anuj Rawat

MI has a better squad than last season, which saw the five-time champions finish bottom of the points table. Cameron Green is the biggest name in the batting unit. MI roped in the Aussie for a franchise record fee and could play a crucial role in the top order consisting of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav.

The bowling department is missing a top domestic pacer after Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out for the season. But Jofra Archer’s return is a big boost for a side that lacked world-class bowlers in IPL 2022 season. Veteran spinner Piyush Chawla brings a wealth of experience and could guide the uncapped spinners, who would be keen to make a mark in MI colors.

MI Player List

  • Rohit Sharma (captain)
  • Tilak Varma
  • Suryakumar Yadav
  • Ishan Kishan
  • Piyush Chawla
  • Ramandeep Singh
  • Raghav Goyal
  • Cameron Green
  • Tristan Stubbs
  • Dewald Brevis
  • Jason Behrendorff
  • Duan Jansen
  • Tim David
  • Jofra Archer
  • Shams Mulani
  • Vishnu Vinod
  • Arjun Tendulkar
  • Arshad Khan
  • Nehal Wadhera
  • Kumar Kartikeya
  • Hrithik Shokeen
  • Akash Madhwal

Head-to-Head | RCB vs MI

The head-to-head record between RCB and MI in the IPL speaks volumes about their intense rivalry. Of the 30 matches between the two champion franchises, MI won 17, while RCB was victorious in 13. However, in their latest meeting, RCB breezed past MI by seven wickets in Pune.

 IPL Stats

  • Most Runs: Faf du Plessis – 468 (RCB); Ishan Kishan – 418 (MI)
  • Highest Wicket-taker: Wanindu Hasaranga – 26 wickets (RCB); Jasprit Bumrah – 15 (MI)
  • Most Sixes: Dinesh Karthik – 22 (RCB); Tim David & Tilak Varma – 16 (MI) 

Final Thoughts on RCB vs MI Match

The RCB vs MI fixture has produced some thrilling moments in the past, and the fans won’t expect anything less in the upcoming fixture. Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately it will come down to which team can hold its nerve. Playing at home is an advantage for RCB, and Du Plessis-led team could grab the victory on Sunday night.

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