Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) are set to lock horns with Mumbai Indians(MI) in match 18 of Indian Premier League(IPL) 2022 on Saturday evening at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Royal Challengers Bangalore made a great comeback in the second half of the game against Rajasthan Royals. They have got a good start to the campaign as they have managed to bag a couple of wins in the first three matches. RCB recently registered a four-wicket win against the Rajasthan Royals in their last encounter. It is understood that RCB would be relying on their reliable middle-order to play a pivotal role yet again but they need to work on their whole team effort.
Dinesh Karthik has been RCB’s most crucial batter in the tournament so far. He has shown consistency with his batting and has helped Bangalore get past the finish line in the last two matches. The middle-order star batter has tallied 90 runs from three outings at a strike rate of 204.5 and has also remained unbeaten on all three occasions. He is a player to look out for.
Mumbai Indians on the other hand have lost all their 3 matches so far and are positioned at 9th on the points table. The last match against Kolkata Knight Riders might have left negative impact on them after the loss and they would be eyeing to bounce back.
They are desperately looking forward to adding the first points to their tally having endured the defeats against the Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively. They are hoping to gather themselves and fight for the first win as a unit.
WAGING ODDS: RCB (1.87) VS MI (1.90)
RCB are the marginal favorites and are priced at 1.87, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹187.
MI are the underdogs and priced at 1.90 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹190.
The batters would be looking to tally huge runs on the board. However, the bowlers would be aiming for quick wickets early on. The humidity is expected to rise as the contest progresses, which would make it difficult for the bowlers to keep the ball dry. Given RCB’s recent performances, they would be confident and likely to get away with the victory on the Pune pitch.
Prediction: RCB to win the match.