RCB have won the last three head-to-head games
- Glenn Maxwell is a doubtful starter while several others are missing for RCB
- MI will ponder over spin combination
Mumbai Indians have an impressive batting line-up, but their weakness is glaring when it comes to bowling with an acute shortage of quality Indian pacers and spinners. They could be found out on this front on a flat wicket. Mumbai Indians have odds of 1.84 to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have a strong line-up with a good mix of aggressive batters, anchors, all-rounders and a good bowling attack. They will hope that the talented individuals come together to put in a team performance, and not just rely on individual brilliance. They have some key players like Hasaranga and Hazlewood missing for this game. Royal Challengers Bangalore have odds of 1.94 to beat Mumbai Indians in their first game of IPL 2023.
Head-to-head record, RCB v MI
These teams have played each other since the inception of the league and have a rich history with intense and memorable battles from the past. MI have 19 matches in head-to-head contests, while RCB have 13 wins. Notably, though, MI haven’t beaten RCB since 2020, with RCB winning each of the last three head-to-head games.
The team winning the toss might look to chase here with the dew playing a big role in evening games. RCB are very familiar with the conditions on offer and should they win the toss, the odds of which are at 1.90, they will likely chase.
RCB have a quality mix of in-form players and against a reasonably ordinary bowling attack, should fancy their chances. They have odds of 1.94 to win the game.
The average scores across both innings is fairly similar here, ranging between 130-140 for international T20 matches, but it goes up higher for IPL games.
Pitch and conditions
The hinnaswamy stadium has one of the flattest wickets in the country and with short boundaries, the venue is a haven for run-scoring. Humidity is high and we could have intermittent showers.
Players to keep an eye on…
MI Predicted playing XI:
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Dewald Brevis, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Cameron Green, Ramandeep Singh, Jofra Archer, Hrithik Shokeen, Jason Behrendorff, Shams Mulani.
RCB Predicted playing XI:
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Michael Bracewell, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Reece Topley, Akash Deep
Reece Topley: Reece Topley can be a good differential bowler for RCb against Mumbai Indians with his ability to move the new ball.
Dewald Brevis: The South African youngster had a fantastic SA20 and could likely open the innings or bat at No.3. He should enjoy the conditions at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
IPL 2023, Match 5 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Royal Challengers Bangalore will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
RCB v MI Betting tips
Apart from betting on Bangalore to win the match, check our other recommended bet about RCB’s top batter:
Faf du Plessis has reinvented his approach early in a T20 innings since the end of the last IPL and has had success playing franchise cricket around the globe. Back Faf du Plessis at 3.94 to be RCB’s top batter!