Royal Challengers Bangalore are all set to host Mumbai Indians in their second fixture of the Indian Premier League 2019 at Chinnaswamy stadium tonight.
The two sides failed to have a positive start to their new season of IPL. RCB were bowled out for 70 runs against Chennai Super Kings, which was also their second-lowest total in the competition. MS Dhoni’s side didn’t face any issue and chased the target comfortably.
Mumbai, on the other hand, had a fighting game but Rishabh Pant’s 78 of 27 balls took away the game from MI. Yuvraj Singh tried to fight but the wickets, on the other hand, kept falling resulting in the opening game loss.
This is the third consecutive time that RCB have failed to win their opening game in the IPL. While for MI this was seventh consecutive opening game defeat.
Losing the opening games is common between the two sides but it should not continue in this season. Because later in the tournament both the sides will face a lot of pressure of winning every game to make it to the playoffs.
This demand for winning all the games affects the team’s performance a lot. So, keeping that in mind, both the sides will give their best to win this fixture.
The predicted line-up for RCB: Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel (WK), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.
The predicted line-up for MI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.
Virat Kohli vs Jasprit Bumrah
Maybe Virat Kohli hasn’t been a successful captain in terms of winning IPL for RCB but he has been a consistent run scorer for them since 2010. Kohli has scored second most runs in the history of IPL. The Indian skipper has scored 4,954 runs in his 164 matches.
In the opening game of the current season, Kohli scored just six runs and after him, whole team dismissed for a low score. This shouldn’t happen against MI because if Kohli goes for a low score then it will be hard for RCB to put up a big total on the flat track of Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Jasprit Bumrah will be the bowler that will try to depart Kohli for a low score. If this happens then it will be a huge advantage to MI. The MI bowler gained a lot of success after getting recognized as one of the best death over specialists in IPL. His debut wicket in the IPL was of Virat Kohli and since then he has come a long way. To know more interesting facts, play quiz on our Sportsqwizz app: http://onelink.to/quizmenow
The MI pacer has taken 64 wickets in his 62 IPL matches with an average of 28.39 and economy of 7.83. His best bowling figure in IPL came back in 2017 when he took 3 wickets for 7 runs.
The Indian bowler is currently on the top of the ICC bowler ranking in ODI and he is a key bowler for MI as well. Bumrah took only one wicket in his opening game of this season and gave away 40 runs in his four overs spell. Along with this, he got injured and didn’t come to bat as well. However, he has recovered and will face RCB tonight.
Yuzvendra Chahal vs Rohit Sharma
The RCB bowler, Yuzvendra Chahal came under limelight after providing some phenomenal performances for RCB. The Indian bowler is currently ranked 8th in the ICC ODI bowler ranking.
The RCB bowler has taken 83 wickets in 71 matches in IPL with an average of 23.34 and economy of 7.67. Chahal is going to be a big threat for MI tonight as he knows how the Chinnaswamy wicket will work. Also, his flighted wide deliveries always come to underplay in big matches. So, I’m expecting something the same in this match.
Rohit Sharma will be the batsman, who is going to have a tough competition with Chahal on the pitch tonight. The MI captain has scored third most runs in the history of IPL. The Indian batsman has scored 4507 runs in his 174 matches with an average of 31.73 and strike rate of 130.94.
Considering Bangalore is going to be a flat track. The team has to put up a huge total while batting first or chasing. So, keeping that in mind, Rohit must step up and lead his side from the front. It is important for his side that he builds up a good opening partnership. This will reduce the pressure of scoring runs from the middle order players.
It is an important fixture for both the sides as none of them were able to win their opening game of this season.
We are expecting a huge total as Chinnaswamy Stadium has been ground with good batting track. Virat Kohli has to step up in order to provide a first win at home ground to RCB. Along with Kohli, a lot of pressure will be their on AB de Villiers. As people are expecting him to score good runs this season.
Mumbai will be under pressure as they are playing away from home ground. However, a good total while batting first might help them in clinching victory tonight.
After considering everything, Cricwizz believes that it will be a close encounter between two sides. Nevertheless, a great inning from Kohli will end the match in RCB’s favor.
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