Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians — Maxwell’s return make scary RCB scarier

April 9, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Betting Tips for IPL Match 18
Indian Premier League 2022
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
April 9, 2022 7:30pm

Royal Challengers Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians

This has been a nightmare tournament so far for traditional IPL heavyweights. We all know CSK’s horror start, and Mumbai Indians’ has been no different. Three defeats in three matches means that the fourth one, to be played against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 9 (Saturday) at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune becomes almost a must-win fixture. The match is to begin at 7:30pm IST.

Teams Status

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai being winless so far is super surprising but an even bigger shock is that they were thoroughly beaten in all those games.

Delhi Capitals beat them by four wickets and 10 balls to spare, Rajasthan beat them by 23 runs, while the defeat to Kolkata by five wickets was their heaviest of them all.

The batters have done okay for them so far but the bowlers have had trouble finding their feet. Daniel Sams has leaked an astonishing 139 runs in his 11 overs bowled across three games. He has been by far the team’s weakest link and needs to be benched immediately.

Fortunately for Mumbai, they have been in similar troubled situations in four of their five title winning campaigns. If anyone knows how to see off a poor start, it’s them.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

After starting the season with a defeat to Punjab Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore have notched back to back wins. 

Ahead of their fourth fixture, they receive a massive boost in the form of Glenn Maxwell, who is now available after missing the tournament start due to nuptial commitments.

Maxwell’s arrival means Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik can now take it a bit easy, knowing that a powerhouse is behind them. The added offspin option will also come in handy against Mumbai’s southpaws. Making way would be West Indies’ Sherfane Rutherford.

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Mumbai are in such a rut and RCB have looked so strong that it’s a no-brainer who should be the favourite in this IPL fixture. Parimatch has RCB priced at 1.80 and Mumbai at 1.98. Paripesa has RCB available for 1.86 and Mumbai for 2.038. Lastly, Sportsbet has RCB priced at 1.82 and Mumbai at 2.0.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: RCB to win @ 1.86

As if RCB weren’t already intimidating enough, they now get Maxwell back. With him in the line-up, they now have seven bowling options in their playing eleven. And their number nine batter would be Wanindu Hasaranga, who is no slouch with the bat. This is a scary outfit and has our blessing to consign Mumbai to their fourth straight defeat. The odds for this play have been sourced from Paripesa.

Tip: Rohit Sharma to score more than 27.5 runs @ 1.87

Rohit Sharma scored just three runs off 12 balls in his last outing. That said, it is not unheard of for Sharma to go on a scoring streak right after a lean patch – if it can be called that. With Mumbai needing a reaction, we think that the skipper would lead from the front and find some much-needed runs. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.


Mumbai lead its head-to-head record against Bangalore 17-12. We don’t see them widening the gap in this game.

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