It’s the battle of the heavyweights, as the Mumbai Indians take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in what promises to be a gladiator match for the ages. Cricket prediction for this game will be rather tough, as both teams will want to push for a win and climb up the points table.
With RCB seemingly on a roll and the Mumbai Indians on the back foot after an unsurprisingly slow start to the season, it will be interesting to see whether this new-look Royal Challengers can go ahead and stamp their dominance over a team that has always had the rubber over them. They have looked good with the cricket bat but this game will need an overall positive performance from either side to secure victory.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The boys from Bangalore are currently enjoying their cricket. They’ve managed to negate the absence of star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell on the back of some really impressive performances by the likes of Shahbaz Ahmed, Akash Deep, and Anuj Rawat. Another major bonus for the team has been the swashbuckling resurgence of Dinesh Karthik as the finisher. He single-handedly demolished the much-heralded Rajasthan bowling attack by taking them to the cleaners on all parts of the ground. With Maxwell almost certain to be involved in this game, it could see Sherfane Rutherford making way for the Australian after a string of low-scoring games in the side.
Mumbai Indians find themselves in a wee bit of a pickle. While their reputation as notoriously slow starters is no secret to anyone, this time it is more than just a slow start. While the batting seems to be more than holding its own in tough situations, it is the state of the bowling that is a major topic of concern. The likes of Daniel Sams, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi, and Murugan Ashwin are not the kind of names that strike fear into the minds of opposition batsmen. Maybe it is time that Jaydev Unadkat gets a chance.
Mumbai Indians lead this battle, winning 19 out of the 31 games played, with RCB emerging as winners in the other 12.
Fresh from their enthralling win against Rajasthan and the fact that Mumbai is still coming to grips with the task of bedding in with the new team, fancy the Royal Challengers to win this one.
Date and Time
9th April 2022 (Saturday) at 7:30 pm.
MCA Stadium, Pune