The 16th edition of the IPL 2023 got off to a marvellous start as Gujarat Titans defeated four-time champions Chennai Super Kings in the season opener at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
With the tournament well underway, the fifth match of the IPL 2023 will see Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on five-time champion Mumbai Indians (MI) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in a match that promises to be a cracker. Both teams will be desperate to get off to a winning start in the tournament.
Mumbai will be keen on improving upon their performances from the 2022 season, where they finished 10th in the points table. On the other hand, Bangalore have been consistently making it to the playoffs but have been unable to get their hands on the coveted title.
RCB vs MI Match Details
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, 5th Match, IPL 2023
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Date & Time: Sunday, April 2, 7:30 PM IST
Telecast & Streaming Details: Star Sports Network and JioCinema
RCB vs MI Pitch Report:
The pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium is one that is preferred by the batters; being batter-friendly, the match is expected to be a high-scoring contest. However, the spinners can have a massive impact on the game.
RCB vs MI Probable Playing XIs:
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Suyash Prabhudessai, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Michael Bracewell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Reece Topley, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj
Mumbai Indians (MI)
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Hrithik Shokeen, Kumar Kartikeya, Jofra Archer, Arshad Khan, and Jason Behrendorff
RCB vs MI Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
Suryakumar Yadav returns to his most preferred format, and after a horrid run in the ODI series against Australia, he will be keen on putting out some of his best performances at the IPL. Seeing his form in the T20 format, Yadav could well be a contender for the IPL Orange Cap 2023 as well.
Probable best bowler
Harshal Patel will once again look to be at his best as the IPL kicks off for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 32-year-old picked up 19 wickets in 15 games at the IPL 2022 and will be desperate to make the 16th edition of the tournament a memorable one as well.