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MI vs RCB, IPL 2020: Saini, Finch, Steyn miss out

IPL 2020, MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians and Royals Challengers Bangalore have played 11 games each, have 7 wins against their name and are currently in the top half of the points table.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 28, 2020 7:41:44 pm
MI vs RCBIPL 2020, MI vs RCB Live: RCB have defeated MI in their last game. (FILE)

IPL 2020, MI vs RCB: Rohit Sharma-less Mumbai Indians, who are the table-toppers in the points tally, are facing Virat Kohli’s buoyant Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 48th match of the tournament today at Abu Dhabi. Both the teams have a single aim to secure the playoff berth. Both the teams have played 11 games each, have 7 wins against their name and are currently in the top half of the points table. Last time when both teams faced each other, it was a super over thriller where the Challengers came out on the top. (MI vs RCB Live Score, Live Updates)

If RCB manage to win the match, it will be their second win over the defending champions. While for Mumbai, skipper Rohit Shama’s fitness has become a subject of unwanted attention ahead of the game. Having missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury, Mumbai Indians skipper returned to the nets on Monday, a day when he was not named in the India squad for the Australia series. MI are coming into this game on the back of their 8-wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals, this will be RCB’s first game since their loss against Chennai Super Kings CSK.

Live Blog
19:34 (IST)28 Oct 2020
19:33 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Toss

MI have won the toss and have opted to field first

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Dale Steyn, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

17:09 (IST)28 Oct 2020
RCB Probable XI:

Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted Playing XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

16:48 (IST)28 Oct 2020
MI Probable XI:

Mumbai Indians Predicted Playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

16:03 (IST)28 Oct 2020
SRH likely to ‘wait and watch’ on Wriddhiman Saha’s groin niggle

Saha had picked up the niggle during his match-winning innings of 87 off 45 balls against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday and didn't keep wickets with substitute Shreevats Goswami replacing him.

15:25 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Women's IPL also here
15:21 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Here's the points table after SRH beat DC

Sunrisers Hyderabad needed a strong performance to lay the ghost of their batting choke against Kings XI Punjab to rest. They responded superbly to trounce Delhi Capitals by 88 runs. Chasing 220 for victory, DC folded up for 131 in 19 overs. SRH lived to fight another day with 10 points from 12 games, while DC have now suffered three back-to-back losses. With 14 points from 12 matches, DC, however, are still well poised to reach Playoffs.

14:35 (IST)28 Oct 2020
India team physio wants 2-3 weeks’ rest for Rohit Sharma

A day before they selected the team for the tour of Australia, it is learnt that the selectors were informed by Indian team physiotherapist Nitin Patel that Rohit Sharma will not be available for selection. Patel submitted a detailed medical report. When BCCI announced the Indian squad, a footnote stated that the medical team will monitor the progress made by Rohit and Ishant Sharma.

However, the Indian board and selectors were surprised when Mumbai Indians tweeted out pictures of Rohit batting at nets hours after the team was announced. The selection committee was under the impression that Rohit will miss IPL games in order to get fit for the Australia tour. The Indian team is scheduled to play its first game in Australia on November 27. It remains to be seen if Rohit will take any further part in the IPL. [Read More]

13:45 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Listen to Saurabh Tiwary
13:00 (IST)28 Oct 2020
A lot will depend on ABD's bat

De Villiers has shown time and again, why he is regarded as one of the best T20 batsmen by turning the clock back on few occasions. If the RCB top-order fires in unison, then they can pummel the MI attack into submission. The likes of Chris Morris, Moeen Ali and Gurkeerat Mann, who form the lower-middle order, can also chip in with useful cameos.

12:23 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Exciting records you may see today

Jasprit Bumrah needs 1 wicket to complete 100 IPL wickets.

Ishan Kishan requires 7 runs to complete 1000 IPL runs.

Aaron Finch needs 27 runs to complete 2000 IPL runs.

AB de Villiers requires 39 runs to complete 750 IPL runs against MI.

11:53 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Virat Kohli among top scorers

With 415 runs against his name, Virat Kohli has been his side’s leading run-getter in this IPL season. The RCB skipper scored a fifty in his side’s last game against CSK and he will be eager to have another fine outing with the bat as he takes on the likes of Jaspirt Bumrah, Trent Boult and Co.

11:20 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Hardik Pandya and his sixes

7 sixes and 2 fours. Hardik Pandya put on a show with the bat as he bludgeoned unbeaten 60 off 21 balls against RR. Hardik cleared the fence with utter ease and his big-hitting prowess will be something that MI will bank on as they face RCB.

10:51 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Will RCB pull off another thriller?

Hello and welcome to the IPL 2020 live blog on MI vs RCB (match 48) build-up. With an eye on a playoff berth, both the teams will give their best and who knows we may see another thriller between the two giants. The last time these two teams faced each other, we witnessed a Super Over-thriller in Dubai.