RCB vs MI: The Indian Premier League moves to the M Chinnaswamy Stadium for the 7th game of the Indian Premier League 2019 where the Royal Challengers play hosts to the Mumbai Indians. Both teams got off to sorry starts in their season openers. Mumbai losing to Delhi Capitals by 37 runs while Virat Kohli’s RCB were made to struggle on a tough Chepauk wicket. As stellar as Mumbai Indians’ record is in the IPL, the last time they won their opening game of the season was back in 2014. They were completely toppled off the track in the game against Delhi. Courtesy, a magnificent inning by Rishab Pant. At the Chinnaswamy Stadium, both teams will look to get off the mark, but with the sort of reputation both teams carry, the weirdest of results could be expected.
Will it be yet another sluggish Mumbai Indian starts or will the Royal Challengers bottle this? The flip side to it, there’ll be a winner for sure. It’s way too early to envisage results in the tournament but nothing is certain in the Indian Premier League & the mercurial nature of the tournament makes it distinctly enjoyable.
Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
When: 28th March 2019, Thursday
Match Start Time: 8:00 PM IST
Mumbai Indians are bound to have a better head-to-head record against most of the teams. The record against RCB is no different. The teams have played 23 times in the IPL. Mumbai winning 14 times & Bangalore, 9 times.
At the Chinnaswamy Stadium, the home team seems to be in tatters. Out of the 9 matches played here between them, Mumbai leads the record by a massive 7-2.
The last time the two teams met here, RCB beat MI by 14 runs. Tim Southee winning the player of the match for his miserly 2/25 in 4 overs.
Remember the 263/5 RCB scored? Chris Gayle’s 175*(64) was scored at this very ground. Since the track was relaid a couple of seasons back, the wicket here has become conducive for fast bowling.
The average 1st innings score at the Chinnaswamy in 2016 was 196, it dropped to 140 in 2017 & was back up again in 2018 with 187. How much will the team batting first tomorrow score?
Short boundaries & a quick outfield make this venue a ‘Win the toss & bat second” kind of a wicket. There’s no shortage of power-strikers in both camps but who will stand firm?
A million hearts skipped beats when Jasprit Bumrah went down on the last delivery of Delhi’s innings. The ace pacer didn’t come out to bat as well & that magnified every body’s apprehension. For once, the entire nation forgot wholly about the IPL & was concerned about his participation in the World Cup. Well, there’s absolutely no reason to ponder.
Jasprit Bumrah has been declared fit & was seen bowling in the nets. However, his participation against RCB isn’t certain. Lasith Malinga might join the Mumbai camp but that also isn’t assured. Mumbai’s fast bowling department seems rather thin without Bumrah & Malinga. They’ve got Rasikh Salam, a 17-year-old who made his T20 debut against Delhi, Barinder Singh Sran who’s played only 7 games this year & rookie Pankaj Jaiswal. The MI think tank have to decide & decide quickly.
The rest of the MI line-up will remain unchanged.
Bengaluru are expected to field the same eleven.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj.
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieran Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rasikh Salam, Jasprit Bumrah.
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAM FOR RCB vs MI
Virat Kohli has a mediocre record against the Mumbai Indians. In 7 IPL innings against MI, Kohli has scored only 158 runs at 22.57. He’s scored only one fifty & his strike-rate drops to 119.70 compared to his career strike-rate of 130.
Kohli needs only 46 more to get to the 5k run-mark in the IPL. He’ll be the second player to reach there, after Suresh Raina – who also made it to 5,000 runs this season. The battle to the top is on.
Kieron Pollard loves batting at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The all-rounder has batted 7 times, remained unbeaten thrice & has scored 200 runs at a strike-rate of 163.93.
AB De Villiers is all set to reach the 4,000-run milestone. The genius batsman needs only 38 runs to reach the landmark. He’ll become the 10th player to & the 3rd overseas players(after David Warner & Chris Gayle) to score 4,000 runs in the IPL.
De Villiers scored 4 50’s in 5 innings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium last season. Can he be the match winner tomorrow? Does he make it to your FanFight XI?
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