The last time the match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was held in Dubai, the match became a thriller. The game went right into the super over and it was Virat Kohli and Co-won the thriller.
The teams next compete in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 28. Both sides had impressive runs in the event so far. Both teams stand at 14 points in their first 11 matches. However, it is MI, who is at the top due to their best net run rate of +1.252.
Nevertheless, both the teams have lost their last encounters. Royal Challengers Bangalore faced heavy defeat against 3 times champion Chennai Super Kings. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians lose to Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams would find another win under their belt and that would seal them a berth in the playoffs. A competitive match appears on the card.
The pitch in Abu Dhabi is ideal for a batsman and the nature of the pitch does not change during the match. The pacers are also getting some assistance.
Also, due to the presence of dew, the chase should be the way forward for the time being. The game conditions will be warm with temperatures around 29 ° C. The humidity will be mostly in the 60s.
- Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is still doubtful to featured in this match.
Firing Guns (MI vs RCB)
Quinton De Cock – Mumbai Indians
One of the most dangerous players for the Mumbai Indians at the top of the order. The left-hander is in the stupendous form in this year of IPL.
The proteas skipper playing at a strike-rate of around 143, showing how fluent he is at the event. In 11 matches, he has scored 374 runs at an average of 41.55, with the highest score of 78 not out.
Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli failed in the first three matches, but then found his mojo and is currently RCB’s leading run-scorer in the ongoing edition. In 11 matches, the captain of the Challengers has an average of 59.28 and scored 415 runs so far.
After the initial failure, he is scoring at an average of 60. He would like to repeat his performance against MI which leads them to place in the playoffs.
MI vs RCB Head to Head
Played- 28 |MI won- 18 | RCB won- 10 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 5 | MI won- 2 | RCB won- 3 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 165 (16 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 8 | Lost- 8
at Abu Dhabi
Mumbai Indians – Played – 7 | Won – 5 | Lost – 2
Royal Challenger Bangalore – Played – 2 | Won – 2