The much-awaited Indian Premier League is now just two days away and the league opener is set to feature Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The 2020 IPL champions will be looking to begin their campaign from where they stopped the last season. The previous season saw two intriguing matches between the sides as the first match between them went down to an exciting super over which Virat Kohli and Co. managed to come on top. The second encounter though was rather a one-sided affair as the five-time champions managed to win the clash by 5 wickets.
Can Bangalore kickstart their hunt for their maiden title win with a smashing victory over the mighty Mumbai Indians? Or will Rohit Sharma and Co. make easy work of the current Indian skipper’s team?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
With the match scheduled to be played at the MA Chidambaram stadium, we expect the track a turning one and for that reason, it would be vital to give the leading spinners a place in your fantasy picks.
Head to Head
Matches Played: 27, MI 17, RCB: 10
The conditions are expected to be ideal for cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the 32-28 degree Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 59 percent mark.
From what we saw in the encounter between India and England a few weeks back, the pitch is expected to be on the slower side and the batsmen will have to check their shots. We also studied that the pitch has a very low bounce and combined with the slowness, the spinners could be the vital force in the league’s opening clash.
Dew is anticipated to play a crucial role which may force the team winning the toss to bowl first.
Mumbai Indians have no injury concern and all their players seem to be match fit for the season opener.
Royal Challengers Bangalore on the other side were dealt with a huge blow as their in-form opener Devdutt Padikkal was recently tested positive for Covid-19. But to the joy of the RCB camp and supporters, the 20-year old was tested negative and was seen post a video of himself addressing the media. Reports are still awaited if he will be able to make it to the playing Xl for the opening encounter.
Probable Playing Xl
Mumbai Indians (MI): Rohit Sharma(C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal/Mohammed Azharudden, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini
The Challengers skipper Virat Kohli was seen in tremendous form in the recently concluded T20I series against England. As is the case with Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. For these reasons, the definite picks in your fantasy could be Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Glenn Maxwell.
MI vs RCB Fantasy Team
Captain and Vice-captain Picks
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