Match Preview

Mumbai Indians will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 39 of IPL 2021 on 26 September at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. MI and RCB have both lost two games since IPL 2021 resumed in the UAE, and while neither team has yet to enter the danger zone, a loss on Sunday might send alarm bells ringing. As a result, a win is critical for them to build their confidence and stay healthy in the quest for the playoffs.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35 °C


Total matches                                     61

Matches won batting first                 34

Matches won bowling first               26

Average 1st Inns scores                  144

Average 2nd Inns scores                 122

Highest total recorded                     211/3 (20 Ov) by SL vs PAK

Lowest total recorded                      71/10 (19 Ov) by KEN vs IRE

Highest score chased                       183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE

Lowest score defended                    134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Quinton de Kock – The left-handed batsman has gained a reputation for his daring striking and deft glovework. He scored 55 runs in the last match against KKR.

Matches – 230

Runs – 6974

Average – 34.35

2) AB de Villiers – The right-handed batsman’s overflowing talent and temperament has helped his team in the past matches. He is an experienced player in this format.

Matches – 334

Runs – 9330

Average – 37.46

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Suryakumar Yadav – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive player whose career is built on consistent performances. He doesn’t fear innovating and has a strong hand for shorter formats.

Matches – 183

Runs – 3887

Average – 31.09

2) Virat Kohli  – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive hard hitter  player and is in great form, he can be trusted to give good fantasy points. He made 53 runs against CSK.

Matches – 313

Runs – 9987

Average – 41.61                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               3) Rohit Sharma – The right-handed batsman’ adept skills that translates into quick runs has led MI, from the bottom of the points table to numerous victories. He is in great form and a lot of fans are banking on him.

Matches – 351

Runs – 9348

Average – 32.12

4) Devdutt Padikal – He is a young left handed batsman who is a vital component of RCB as he has played excellent innings for them in the past. He has slowly laddered up the ranks to establish himself as an exceptional batter. He smashed 70 runs in his last match against CSK.

Matchess – 43

Runs – 1596

Average – 42

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Yuzvendra Chahal – The leg break googly bowler is an attacking spinner and leading wicket taker from his team. He is in good form and a wise pick for the next match. He has consistently taken wickets in the last 2 IPL matches.

Matches – 209

Wickets – 229

Economy – 24.67

2) Trent Boult –  The left-arm fast medium bowler’s ability to swing the new ball and change up the pace and lengths in the death overs makes him a lethal bowler.

Matches – 130

Wickets – 151

Economy – 26.15

3) Mohammed Siraj – He rose as a seamer and with a remarkably swift bowling style. He has a deceptive run up that dazzles even the most experienced batsman and has bowled deadly spells for RCB.

Matches – 76

Wickets – 96

Economy – 8.33

4) Jasprit Bumrah – Jasprit’ quick warm-up is followed by a fast-paced bowling action. Despite his small stature, he has mastered the knack of bowling inch-perfect yorkers. This death bowler is an impressive player and an asset for MI as he took 3 wickets in the last match against KKR.

Matches – 181

Wickets – 220

Economy – 7.06

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Kieron Pollard – He is a dangerous lower middle order batsman who can also bowl medium speed with subtle changes of pace. His destructive batting skills is a cause of concern for even experienced bowlers.

Matches – 563

Runs – 11195

Average – 31.71

Wickets – 298

Economy – 8.22

2) Glenn Maxwell – It’s difficult to set fields to cover all of his scoring areas because of his ability to make unusual shots look ordinary – reverse sweeps and pulls, for example. His audacity comes with a price, and he can frustrate as well as excite, but at his best, he can turn a game around in a matter of seconds.

Matches – 315

Runs – 6918

Average – 27.12

Wickets – 111

Economy – 7.73

Predicted Playing 11

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat/Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Tim David/Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini/Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal

Mumbai Indians

Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult


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