Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians face each other in match number 18 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians face each other in match number 18 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. It’s the second match of a double-header on an action-packed day. The match is being held at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune. RCB have done reasonably well so far, having claimed two wins from three games. They clinched a notable victory versus Rajasthan Royals in the previous match. On the other hand, MI have been in a position of bother, having lost all three games. Against KKR, Pat Cummins’ blitz blew them away.

This is a crucial game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and open their respective accounts. 

Analysis of RCB

RCB will finally get Glenn Maxwell playing for them and that serves as a major boost. Maxwell brings that caliber and energy into the side. Another major plus for RCB is the form of Dinesh Karthik, who has been tremendous as a match-winner. He is a reinvented personality. Upfront, Anuj Rawat and Faf du Plessis will be expected to give a solid start. RCB also need someone like a Virat Kohli to get started. He hasn’t quite made an impact. Shahbaz Ahmed is a plus and his all-round skills bring value.

With the ball, Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga have been spot on. These two are the match-winners for the side with the ball. David Willey is supposed to carry on until Josh Hazlewood is available. RCB need to bowl well versus MI and make sure they remain together as a unit.

Analysis of MI

MI pulled things back versus KKR with the bat in the end and also did reasonably well with the ball before Cummins came in and took the game away. MI will be confident in the manner in which they put up a fight versus KKR. The return of Suryakumar Yadav is the biggest plus. He brings a lot of substance to that batting line-up. Dewald Brevis showed his hitting skills and is likely to back against RCB. Tilak Varma has been stupendous, averaging over 60 so far this season.

Bowling wise, MI need to build character. Tymal Mills and Jasprit Bumrah are the crucial assets in the pace department. Murugan Ashwin has done an able job as the spinner. However, Daniel Sams may be replaced, and MI need someone with some pedigree, given they have a lean bowling unit. MI need answers after three mighty losses and have work to do.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met 29 times in the IPL, with MI leading 17-12. In IPL 2021, RCB beat MI on both occasions. 

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

RCB predicted playing XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Sherfane Rutherford, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammad Siraj, Akash Deep.

MI predicted playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, M Ashwin, Tymal Mills, Jasprit Bumrah, Basil Thampi.

Which team is the predicted winner?

With what we have seen in terms of performance, RCB have been playing well so far and are riding on confidence. The presence of Maxwell brings more quality, and that’s a plus. RCB also have enough resources with the ball to come and present some issues for MI’s batting order. As far as MI are concerned, they lack confidence and need a better performance than what we have seen so far. We go with RCB to claim a crucial win here and gain two more points.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Pune pitch will need batters to pay patiently and set themselves in. We saw it was kindly tricky for everyone out there in the KKR vs MI encounter. Anything around the 170-run mark can be a challenging score here. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Rohit Sharma has racked up 759 runs in the IPL versus RCB. The veteran player has scored 5,665 runs overall in the competition. Virat Kohli has managed 6,341 runs in the IPL, including 721 runs versus MI. Ishan Kishan, who has 1,601 runs in the IPL has a strike rate of over 160 versus RCB. 

The major bowling stats on offer

Harshal Patel has taken 82 wickets so far and can steer clear of Imran Tahir. In 10 matches versus MI, Harshal has taken a total of 18 scalps. In 17 matches versus RCB, Bumrah has claimed 24 scalps. Overall, he has taken 133 wickets in the premier tournament.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Glenn Maxwell, Tilak Varma, Dinesh Karthik, 

All-rounders: Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, 

Bowlers: Tymal Mills Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Faf du Plessis, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Glenn Maxwell, Tilak Varma Dinesh Karthik, 

All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, 

Bowling: M Ashwin, Tymal Mills, Jasprit Bumrah Harshal Patel

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Harshal Patel: The IPL 2021 Purple Cap winner has been prolific this season too. He can be the match-winner for his side and claim wickets at the right junctures. He can keep the scoring in check too.

Suryakumar Yadav: A sheer versatile player, SKY came in and dazzled with a fifty-plus score versus KKR. He is MI’s best batter and can make a difference when needed. MI are dependent on his runs.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Ishan Kishan: The talented MI opener has shown his skills as a hard-hitting batter. He has scored crucial runs in the three games so far. He can give MI the sound start with his explosive shot-making.

Faf du Plessis: The RCB skipper can be influential for his side to get the quality needed in seeing off MI’s bowling. He can be the anchorman for RCB and get the others to revolve around him.

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