IPL 2016: 14th match – Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, 20 April, 2016

Punterpolls is back and Todays Match Prediction Mumbai Indians v RCB is going to be our first prediction for this season.

Match Review by PunterPolls

Mumbai Indians playing at the home turf definitely get lots of support from the localities but the team itself will be under very much pressure as they have lost 3 matches out of 4 they have played so far.

MI as a team is not looking at all good, their batting is inconsistent and their bowling department doesn't have enough fire-power to contain any team, one can easily sense that team is missing Malinga badly.

However, this was the same story with Mumbai Indians in last season and they came back very well and at the end clinch the title. This is the only ray of hope for Mumbai Indian's fans.

Royal Challenger Banglore, team studded with world's best batsmen and more importantly most of them in good form.

Their strength is their batting and the weakest point is bowling and that been highlighted in the last game against the Delhi Daredevils.

Wankhede venue is not much different than the Chinnaswamy, nice dry pitch & small ground indicates another high scoring match tonight.

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IPL2014: 27th match – Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, May 6, 2014

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In their last meeting in Dubai, Royal Challengers Bangalore stomped all over an unsure Mumbai Indians, restricting the latter to 115 and then chasing it down with seven wickets to spare, despite being reduced to 17 for 3.

Both teams will meet on Tuesday at the Wankhede with similar wins in their previous games, wins that could easily have turned into defeats had it not been for individual performances and the teams are similar on many other counts, too. Mumbai and Royal Challengers have powerful line-ups on paper, but that potential has been inconsistent on the field, save for the odd knocks from their stars.

Bowlers from both sides have, given the opportunity, done well but have also found themselves defending a few sub-par totals. Royal Challengers bowlers, however, have had a better run than Mumbai, with the presence of genuine quicks in Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron and a legspinner in Yuzvendra Chahal.

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PunterPolls Prediction – Match 37: Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai, 27 April

Table leaders RCB out of comfort zone | PunterPolls Prediction

Halfway through the tournament, Royal Challengers Bangalore are in pole position, tied on points with Chennai Super Kings but ahead on net run rate. They have played a huge chunk of their home games in a cluster, and made the most of familiar conditions and vociferous support, winning six out of six at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Their two losses have been away games.

For their next six matches, starting with Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, Royal Challengers will be traveling the country. Away from the comfort of their surroundings, their consistency will be put to test. Royal Challengers should guard against peaking too early, and their coach Ray Jennings said their early success will count for nothing if they lose focus in their second round of games. A pleasing aspect for Royal Challengers is that their two leading wicket-takers are Indians, Vinay Kumar and RP Singh.

Mumbai Indians are a better team on paper than their position in the points table - No. 6 - suggests. They sprung a surprise when Ricky Ponting opted out of the previous match and handed over the captaincy to Rohit Sharma. Mumbai scrambled to a five-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, and with their next six games at home they have a chance to get back into the top four. What remains to be seen is whether Ponting returns.

PunterPolls Prediction

RCB v MI, the match everyone is waiting to begin. Two teams with big names will clash again at Mumbais home ground. In their first encounter, RCB have won the match rather dramatically. RCB was batting first after loosing the toss and didn't get very good start. They lost 3 wickets at the score of 31, but with the help of Gayle's power innings they managed to put up a decent total of 154. Mumbai Indians after very good start lost their way in the middle and as usual came under pressure and lost the game in last over. Biggest mistake done MI in that match was sending Pollard at the last moment. Punters had supported RCB in that match.

By this time, RCB been supported by 60% of punters and if you look at the betting odds (which is 1.91 RCB), RCB is marginally favorite for bookies - rougly 52%.

In our experts opinion, RCB's record of playing outside their comfortable zone (rather say Den) is not that great. They have lost both of their games against Risers and CSK in this season. On other hand, MI who always under pressure while chasing have shown superb cricket against KKR and that too at Kolkata's home ground. 

To keeping all things in mind we would like to go with Mumbai Indians.

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Match 37: Mum Indians v RCB, 27 April

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (56% Votes)
  • Mumbai Indians (48% Votes)