India, April 8 -- Mumbai Indians will open their title defense in IPL 2021 against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai. MI have not won the opening match of their season since 2012 and that is a trend Rohit Sharma and his men would want to change, just like they changed the trend of not winning in an even year in 2020.

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A look at the head to head between these two sides will clearly show which team starts favourites. Mumbai Indians, just like their record against most other teams, have a vice-like grip on this rivalry. They have won 17 times in 27 meeting, while Virat Kohli and his team have won on 9 occasions.

This is the first time an IPL season is starting with 6 months of the previous tou...