MI vs RCB Dream11 Prediction: The 1st match of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will be played between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Friday, April 9, 2021.
MI vs RCB Match Preview
The opening match of VIVO IPL 2021 will witness a clash between the five-time title holder as well as defending champion Mumbai Indians and a team that is still away from winning the IPL trophy Royal Challengers Bangalore at M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians hold an edge over Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers, in the IPL and will be seeking a hat-trick of titles. Undoubtedly, the Mumbai Indians unit boasts of in-form Indian batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, who made explosive debuts against England in the recently concluded T20 series. Their all-rounders Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard are also in brilliant form.
The defending champions’ bowling attack is one of the most potent featuring the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. Their bowling attack has the capability to destroy any batting order.
Talking about Royal Challengers Bangalore, apart from the usual suspects Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, the franchise now possess the explosiveness of Glenn Maxwell in the middle-order. However, there are concerns over his record in the IPL. While their batting unit looks almost stable, all eyes will be on IPL debutant Kyle Jamieson, who will lead their bowling attack alongside the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini. Overall, Royal Challengers Bangalore is looking in great form and will be eyeing the IPL title this year.
Here are the match details, pitch report, probable playing 11, squads and dream11 fantasy team predictions for Match 1 of the 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday, April 9, 2021.
MI vs RCB Match Details
- Match: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 1
- Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
- Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue: M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
MI vs RCB Weather & Pitch Report
The pitch at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai has helped the spinners to a great extent over the years. If we consider the past records at this venue, batting may not be all that easy. Low scoring games can be expected, but the dominance of spinners decreases in the second innings as soon as dew comes into play. However, the pacers will be crucial with their variations on offer. Slower deliveries, cutters and yorkers are expected to be seen.
Taking pace off the ball will be crucial here in Chennai. Rotation of strike will be important as well. Anything above 160 is a decent total at Chepauk, with conditions not likely to change much during the IPL 2021 season opener.
The sky is likely to be mostly clear for the entire day in Chennai. There are very few chances of rainfall as there is only around a 6% chance of raining in the day time and only around 5% chance of raining in the night time. The games proceed without any interruptions. The temperature of the day can be around between 32°C and 26°C.
Average First Innings Score
The average first innings score at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai considering the last 5 T20 matches played is 150 runs.
Record of Chasing Team
Based on the last 5 matches played at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai —
- Matches Won: 3
- Matches Lost: 2
- No Result: 0
MI vs RCB Head-to-Head
MI vs RCB Form
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Mumbai Indians & Royal Challengers Bangalore Squads
Mumbai Indians Squads
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Kieron Pollard, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Piyush Chawla, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar, Trent Boult, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Jayant Yadav, Yudhvir Singh, Anukul Roy, Saurabh Tiwary, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare, Krunal Pandya, Dhawal Kulkarni, James Neesham.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squads
Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Finn Allen, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell.
MI vs RCB Dream11 Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (C), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter Nile/Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar/Mohammad Azharuddeen, Sachin Baby/Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson/Kane Richardson, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Top 5 Picks For MI vs RCB
1. AB de Villiers
The South African is a destructive batsman. He doesn’t care about the bowler, once he starts hitting the ball. In 23 matches, the former Proteas batter has accumulated 726 runs at an average and strike rate of 45.38 and 146.08 respectively. Interestingly, his IPL top score of an unbeaten 133 also came against Mumbai Indians.
2. Virat Kohli
The RCB skipper will open for his team as he declared ahead of the tournament and will probably look to continue his good form of T20I against England where he scored 231 runs and became Player of the series. Virat Kohli has scored 637 runs in the cash-rich league playing against Mumbai Indians at an average of 27.69. He will be the most valuable pick for your fantasy team.
3. Ishan Kishan
He was MI’s leading run-scorer in the previous season despite missing a couple of matches with injury. He also got awarded for his spectacular performance in the IPL 2020 as he received a maiden call-up to the Indian team. Expected to bat at either No. 3 or No. 4 for MI in IPL 2021, Kishan could build on his brilliant showing last year and establish himself as an Indian team regular. He can be the best pick for your fantasy team.
4. Glenn Maxwell
It will be an injustice to decide his future in the cash-rich league on the basis of his last year’s performance. After a fantastic IPL, he had a good T20I series against New Zealand. In his last 3 games, he has scored 89 runs and has also picked up 2 wickets. He can be a great pick for your fantasy team.
5. Trent Boult
He has picked 9 wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore in just 5 matches. He looks in great form and picked 5 wickets in his recent three T20I games against Australia and also dominated in the ODI series against Bangladesh with the best performance of 4/27.
MI vs RCB Dream11 Fantasy Team Prediction
- Wicket-Keeper: AB de Villiers, Ishan Kishan
- Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav
- All-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya
- Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar
- Captain: Rohit Sharma
- Vice-Captain: AB de Villiers
MI vs RCB Streaming & Broadcasting Details:
- Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar
- Broadcasting: Star Sports Network
MI vs RCB Probable Winner
Mumbai Indians is expected to win this match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team for the fantasy game please consider the points mentioned and make your own decision at the time of making your team.