Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2023, Match 5 Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds

The match no.5 of the Indian Premier League 2023 will witness Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians going head to head at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday, April 2. Mumbai Indians are slight favourites heading into this game at 5/6 (1.83) while Royal Challengers Bangalore have 10/11 (1.90) odds of winning this match.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, Match 05
  • April 2, 2023 – 2 PM GMT
  • M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

M Chinnaswamy stadium is one of the best batting venues in the country. Flat pitches and short boundaries make this venue a nightmare for bowlers. There have been 22 IPL matches played here since 2017, with the average first innings score reading 163.

The weather in Bengaluru is likely to be mostly clear and warm throughout Sunday. There’s no threat of rain on Sunday evening with the temperature expected to be around 25°C.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians – Match Predictions

Both these sides have plenty of issues to deal with. But Royal Challengers Bangalore have tasted success in recent times, winning the previous three encounters. RCB have a slightly better side on paper. Expect the Royal Challengers to win this contest.

Probable 6s

Mumbai Indians’ batting unit has Rohit Sharma, Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav and Tim David, who are excellent at six-hitting. RCB have Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik.

Our prediction: Mumbai Indians to hit most sixes in the match at 1/1 (2.00).

Probable Wickets

Harshal Patel is a prolific wicket-taker and has an outstanding record versus Mumbai. Back Harshal to be RCB’s top wicket-taker at 5/2 (3.50). Jofra Archer is back and has looked pretty threatening in recent outings. You can back him to be the top bowler for Mumbai Indians at 9/4 (3.25).

Our prediction: Harshal Patel to be Royal Challengers Bangalore’ highest wicket-taker at 5/2 (3.50).

Man of the Match

Virat Kohli has been in terrific form in recent times and should enjoy playing against Mumbai’s bowling attack. Kohli is a top contender to be the player of the match at 7/1 (8.00). Other top betting options include Faf du Plessis, Harshal Patel, Suryakumar Yadav and Jofra Archer.

Our prediction: Virat Kohli to be the Man of the Match at 7/1 (8.00).

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Preview

MI and RCB share a pretty competitive rivalry and the two teams will be eager to get off to a winning start in the IPL 2023. Let’s take a look at both sides ahead of their clash on Sunday night.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB have been pretty consistent in recent years, making it to the playoffs in the last three seasons. Last year, they finished fourth on the table and went on to beat Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator before losing to Rajasthan Royals.

They have a few issues with Wanindu Hasaranga unavailable for this game due to international duties and Josh Hazlewood’s fitness being unclear. Rajat Patidar’s injury has depleted them further. A lot will ride on Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj in the bowling department.

Predicted XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, Reece Topley

Mumbai Indians

The five-time champions Mumbai Indians have had a couple of embarrassing seasons. Last year, they only managed to win four out of 14 group matches and finished at the bottom of the table. They’ll be desperate to put up a better show in the IPL 2023.

Jasprit Bumrah’s unavailability this season is the biggest blow for the franchise. Jofra Archer being fit does reduce that impact a bit but the bowling department remains a concern. Cameron Green, Tim David and Jason Behrendorff are likely to be the other three overseas players.

Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Hritik Shokeen, Jofra Archer, Arshad Khan, Jason Behrendorff, Kumar Kartikeya

How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians

For those living in the UK, you can watch all the live action of the IPL 2023 on Sky Sports Cricket. You can also access the DAZN application for online streaming.

  • Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
  • DAZN (Streaming)

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