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Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Predictions & Tips - Sharma backed for runs in IPL opener

  • Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore predictions for Friday’s IPL cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Chennai at 15:00 BST
  • Mumbai Indians have won 5 of the last 8 IPL tournaments
  • I am backing Rohit Sharma to score big for Mumbai
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Rohit Sharma can continue his consistent form in the 2021 IPL (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 08 Apr 2021
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Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Predictions

Rohit Sharma is a very consistent performer of India and the Mumbai Indians. He has shown some form on the international stage recently so my best bet is for him to get past the 24.5 run mark.

  • Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma has scored over 24.5 runs in 4 of his last 5 limited overs matches.
  • Mumbai Indians have won 3 of their last 5 matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli has scored 50+ runs in 3 of his last 4 limited overs matches.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli averaged 42.36 in the 2020 IPL.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore lost 4 of their last 5 IPL matches.

Head to Head

Mumbai Indians have won three of their last five matches against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Last season they won a match each with Mumbai winning the last one by five wickets in the final over.

Mumbai Indians Form

The Mumbai Indians are the most successful Indian Premier League side having won the title on five separate occasions. In fact, they have won it in five of the last eight years.

They go into the 2021 IPL as heavy favourites to win it for a third successive year. Last season the Mumbai-based outfit won nine of their 14 matches to top the table. In the final they defeated the Delhi Capitals by five wickets.

Ishan Kishan was the top Mumbai Indian run scorer in 2020 with 516 runs at an average over 57.33. Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock were the other two Mumbai batsmen to finish within the top 10 run scorers of 2020.

Mumbai Indians Injuries & Team News

The Mumbai Indians will once again be led by Rohit Sharma. They have a incredibly well balanced side with quality all rounders in Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and James Neesham.

New Zealand’s Adam Milne and Trent Boult offer superb back-up to one of the world’s finest bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah. Chris Lynn will probably not feature in the best side but he can be explosive at the top of the innings.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Form

Royal Challengers Bangalore have been the biggest disappointment of the IPL era. They have never won the title despite often, on paper, having a mighty fine side.

Last season saw the Royal Challengers finish fourth after losing four of their last five matches. Up until that point it looked like they may eventually challenge for the title.

Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers all finished in the top 10 run scorers of 2020 but failed to take their side all the way.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Injuries & Team News

It is difficult to look past AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli when staring at the RCB squad. They are two of the best batsmen in the world but have constantly failed to take their side all the way.

That has as much to do with players around them disappointing though. This season the explosive Glenn Maxwell has been added to the Royal Challengers ranks, which could prove a masterful move by the owners.

New Zealand’s young sensation, Kyle Jamieson has also been added to the squad while the experience of Dan Christian will be useful throughout.

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Rohit Sharma is coming off a decent international season and is tipped to get past the 24.5 run mark. He is also backed to top score for the Mumbai Indians while Virat Kohli is tipped in the same market for the RCB.

Best Bet: Sharma Over 24.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Mumbai Indians Batsman Tip: Rohit Sharma Best Mumbai Indians Batsman @250.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Royal Challengers Batsman Tip: Virat Kohli Best Royal Challengers Batsman @250.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Top Match Batsman Tip: Rohit Sharma Top Match Batsman @750.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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