Mumbai Indians may have lost their first match of the season against RCB, but in the rematch at home, they are in reasonably excellent condition, possibly better than Bangalore. Mumbai are in fantastic shape to fight back against RCB with the batters coming up.
Aside from Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli, RCB’s batting has been a source of concern, perhaps jeopardising their chances of finishing in the top four. Their bowling has improved throughout the season, with Siraj at the helm.
Head-to-head record, MI v RCB
The head-to-head record favours Mumbai, who has won five more matches than Royal Challengers Bangalore in previous meetings. They did, however, lose their first match of the season by eight wickets to RCB.
The conditions in Mumbai for a night game call for teams to win the toss and take advantage of the early dampness before the dew settles in and makes batting easier.
Mumbai Indians lost their last clash to CSK, but are on a winning run otherwise, showing improved form in the second half of the season. They have a win probability of less than 50% per odds, but expect Mumbai to come at RCB strong.
The average score in T20 matches at the Wankhede is 175+, but the quality of big hitters in these sides expect even 220 to be challenged.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch here is good for batting and with dew in play during a night game, the team batting second will have things easier here.
Players to keep an eye on…
MI Probable playing 11:
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Cameron Green, Tristan Stubbs, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Jofra Archer, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Arshad Khan
RCB Probable playing 11:
Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Anuj Rawat, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
IPL 2023, Match 54 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Mumbai Indians will win the match.