The 18th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 will see Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) taking on Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune.

Coming into this game, RCB are on four points in three matches and another win will take them to the top four in the ongoing tournament. MI, on the other hand, are yet to open their account in the points table. In the three contests they played so far, their bowling looked pretty ordinary so captain Rohit Sharma has a task in hand to eke out a winning combination.

Pitch report

The team batting first has won two of three matches so far in Pune. The average first innings score at this venue is 180.67, and even in the last game, MI were in control against Shreyas Iyer’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) before Pat Cummins blew them away, scoring a blistering 56 not out off just 15 balls to seal a 162-run chase with four overs to spare.

Another hot evening with a little bit of dew will welcome both teams here.

Head-to-Head record

Played: 29 | RCB won: 12 | MI won: 17 | No result: 0

Probable XIs

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), David Willey, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen/Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Jaydev Unadkat/Basil Thampi

Match Prediction

Case 1:

RCB wins the toss and bowls first
Powerplay score: 40-45
MI total: 160-170

Case 2:

MI wins the toss and bowls first
Powerplay score: 45-50
RCB total: 165-175

Team batting second to win the contest.

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