Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) are the two teams that failed to get off to a perfect start in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. So when the two sides meet at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday, both the teams will be eager to register their first win of the IPL. The onus will largely rest on the shoulders of both the captains- Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
All eyes will be on how Jasprit Bumrah recovers from his shoulder injury that he suffered in the previous match against Delhi Capitals. As per reports coming out of the Mumbai camp, Bumrah seems to have recovered in time but his fitness is still being accessed. However, it seems unlikely that he will be risked at this moment, especially with the World Cup in mind. Mumbai will also be boosted by the availability of Lasith Malinga.
If Bumrah does make it to the playing XI then we will be in for a sumptuous battle against his captain and world number 1 ODI batsman- Virat Kohli.
RCB, on the other hand, will expect its batsmen to perform better than what it dished out in Chennai and put up a formidable total. Kohli’s red-army boast of a bunch of power-hitters like AB de Villiers, Shimron Heymeyer and Moeen Ali. However, they are yet to click together as a unit. De Villiers will have fond memories of this ground as he scored four half-centuries in five innings at this ground last season.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will again be the key man in the RCB bowling attack and will need the support of the other bowlers.
In head to head records MI have the edge with 14 wins out of 23 encounters.
Pitch Report: RCB vs MI will be the seventh match of the IPL and the first of the season at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The last match played at this venue was India vs Australia T20I where both teams played a high-scoring match. So once again bowlers can be expected to be taken to the cleaners. A run-fest seems on the cards.
The average first innings total on this ground last season was 187.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Lasith Malinga, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav and Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), A. B. de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Kulwant Khejroliya, Moeen Ali, Md. Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Marcus Stoinis, Shivam Dube, Prayas Ray Barman, Shimron Hetmyer, Akshdeep Nath, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Devdutt Padikkal.