AB de Villiers has scored 726 runs against MI, with an average of 45.38 and a strike rate of 146.08.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is expected to return to the spotlight nearly five months after the 2020 final. The Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will play their first match on Friday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both teams have had their fair share of difficulties. Daniel Sams and Devdutt Padikkal of the RCB were infected with coronavirus. Sams has yet to recover, despite Padikkal’s return to the field. Adam Zampa will also be unavailable for the opener.
Due to quarantine laws, Quinton de Kock, who returned midway through South Africa’s ODI series against Pakistan, might not play in the opening game for MI. Mumbai, however, can be said to have the upper hand, but not by much, given that they are the five-time champions.
Match – Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – 1st match
Venue – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
Over the years, the Chepauk pitch has been very helpful to the spinners. Batting might not be as easy as it seems. Fielding first and understanding how the pitch reacts should be the teams’ strategy going forward. The temperature is expected to be about 31 degrees Celsius, with humidity in the 60s. There isn’t a possibility of rain.
Avg score: 146 (8 T20s at the Chepauk in IPL 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 4, NR – 0
Played – 29 | Mumbai Indians – 19 | Royal Challengers Bangalore – 10 |N/R – 0
At neutral venues:
Played – 10 | Mumbai Indians – 5 | Royal Challengers Bangalore – 5 |N/R – 0
Probable best batsman of the match:
AB de Villiers- Royal Challengers Bangalore
Probable best bowler of the match:
Jasprit Bumrah– Mumbai Indians
Today’s match prediction: The team batting second to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the author’s knowledge, interpretation, and intuition. Consider the points listed and make your own decision when making your prediction.