We are now starting to reach the business end of IPL 2021, with a crucial match-up next between two teams who have serious aspirations of winning the competition and find themselves firmly in the playoff picture.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians 39th Match IPL 2021 will be played at the Dubai Cricket Ground, and both sides head into this match in very concerning form. With both sides looking for a win to reignite their tournament aspirations, this match could be one of the best we have witnessed so far. With just two points between them, it all looks set for an entertaining and exciting match.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians 39th Match IPL 2021
Team News for Royal Challengers Bangalore
The problems continue for RCB as they head into this match off the back of a third straight defeat after losing by six wickets to the top placed side in the standings, Chennai Super Kings.
It was a strange match as the Challengers got off to a great start, with both Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal scoring half-centuries. However, once the two openers were removed, the wickets began to tumble as the challengers lost their last five wickets for just sixteen runs. If RCB are to beat the Indians, they need to bat much better.
Likely playing 11 of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Wanindu Hasaranga, Sachin Baby, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
Team News for Mumbai Indians
Like their opponents, the Mumbai Indians head into this match out of form and fresh off the back of two consecutive defeats. The Indians have been very inconsistent this season, winning four and losing five of their matches so far. Not being able to post a competitive total was the key reason as to why they lost against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and like RCB, they need to bat batter if they are to start winning matches again.
Likely playing 11 of Mumbai Indians
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The match will take place at the Dubai International Stadium, and it's a pitch that will offer something for both the batters and the bowlers. A score of over 160 has been traditionally hard to chase, but interestingly, when IPL matches are played at this stadium, the average score falls to 144. If a team can score over 160, it should put them in a commanding position to win the game.
Betting Predictions for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians 39th Match IPL 2021
Match Result Prediction for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians 39th Match IPL 2021
Both these teams would have harboured serious dreams of winning the 2021 IPL but will be disappointed that they both have a lot of work to do to even secure a playoff spot. RCB come into this match two points better off than their opponents, but defeat against Mumbai will see the Indians join them on 10 points.
Both sides head into this crunch encounter fresh off the back of five straight defeats between them, so morale and confidence will be low amongst both teams. There's very little to choose between the sides in the betting, with the Mumbai Indians the slight favourites at 1.83 with RCB being priced at 2.00.
Interestingly, the last six clashes between the sides have seen each side win three times, so this really could be anybody's game.
On paper, the Indians have the better bowling attack, and this could prove the difference in what could be one of the closest matches of this IPL season so far.
Match Winner: Mumbai Indians (1.83)
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Toss Prediction for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians 39th Match IPL 2021
Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. The pitch at the Dubai International Stadium offers something for both the batting and bowling sides. The pitch isn't the easiest to score on, as is reflected by the average IPL score at the ground being 144.
A chase of anything over 160 will be difficult, and it could be the bowlers that have the ultimate say as to who wins this decisive clash.
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Top Batsman for the Mumbai Indians
Towards the end of their defeat against the Super Kings, all didn't look well for RCB and, in particular, captain Kohli. The Indians will smell blood, and this will be an excellent opportunity for the Indians to gain a vital two points that will bring RCB back to the chasing pack.
Much will rely on the skills of their captain and star batsman Rohit Sharma. Rohit showed his class on the recent tour of England and is clearly in great form. He will be looking to get one over his friend and rival Kohli when these two sides meet.
Rohit Sharma to be the Mumbai Indians top-scoring batsman (3.50)
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