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IPL 2021, MI vs RCB: Rohit Sharma takes on Virat Kohli in opener

IPL 2021, MI vs RCB: The season opener between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore is set to be held in Chennai on Friday.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: April 10, 2021 8:39:39 am
ipl, ipl 2021IPL 2021, MI vs RCB Playing 11: The opener is being held in Chennai. (File)

The Indian Premier League, one of the world’s most lucrative annual sporting properties, is back in 2021. For fans, the good news is that not even the lengthening shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic has been able to stop the Twenty20 juggernaut.

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Last year’s delayed tournament was shifted to the United Arab Emirates but the 14th edition returns to India, where the coronavirus situation has worsened significantly in recent weeks.

With curfews currently in force in many Indian states, the IPL can be expected to surpass last year’s viewership numbers with cricket fans in the world’s second-most populous nation set to be glued to TV sets and electronic devices. Champions Mumbai Indians, captained by Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore get the eight-team tournament going at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Friday.

IPL 2021

Match 1, M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, 09 Apr, 2021

RCB 160 / 8 (20.0)


MI 159 / 9 (20.0)

Harshal Patel4 3
Mohammed Siraj0 1
Trent Boult4.0 36 1
Jasprit Bumrah4.0 26 2

Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 2 wickets

Live Blog

IPL 2021, MI vs RCB Playing 11:

19:35 (IST)09 Apr 2021
IPL 2021 gets underway!

The IPL is back! RCB won the toss and sent MI out to bat first... so catch all the live commentary here.

19:21 (IST)09 Apr 2021
MI vs RCB: What are the respective playing XIs?

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers(w), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal

18:50 (IST)09 Apr 2021
IPL 2021: What's the format of the tournament?
18:36 (IST)09 Apr 2021
MI vs RCB: How to watch the match live on TV?

Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi will provide live telecasts of all the IPL 2021 matches in India.

17:50 (IST)09 Apr 2021
MI vs RCB: How To watch IPL match online

Disney Hotstar VIP will provide live-streaming of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore. IPL live on Jio TV is another avenue. 

17:34 (IST)09 Apr 2021
MI predicted playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.

17:25 (IST)09 Apr 2021
RCB expected playing XI:

Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj.

17:14 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Form Guide

Last 5 matches at Chepauk

Mumbai Indians: W, W, W, W, W

Royal Challengers Bangalore: L, L, L, L, L,

17:03 (IST)09 Apr 2021
History awaits Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma can win an unprecedented hat-trick of IPL titles.

16:02 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Mumbai Indians: Fun Fact

Rohit Sharma-led MI are the most successful team in the franchise with 5 titles but the their last batsmen to hit a hundred was in 2014. Lendl Simmons scored a brisk 100 off 61 balls against Punjab Kings.

16:01 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Fun Fact

Virat Kohli, captain of RCB, is the last batsman to score a hundred for the red army which is still waiting for its first IPL title. He hit it in 2019 against KKR at Eden Gardens.

15:01 (IST)09 Apr 2021
MI Team News:

Chris Lynn is likely to make his debut for Mumbai Indians tonight against RCB in the opening match of IPL 2021 as Quinton De Kock is unavailable.

15:01 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Will we witness something similar tonight?
14:58 (IST)09 Apr 2021
WHOA! This is a must watch
14:40 (IST)09 Apr 2021
IPL impact on tv

“For a tournament that is having another edition barely six months removed from the last one, the appetite has been fantastic,” said Bhairav Shanth, the managing director of global sport consulting firm ITW. “In 2020, there was a slight dip in deal volume and sizes. But now as we see this edition occupy the prime summer slot with nothing else significant on TV to compete against, we have already seen new partners come on board in the league at a premium of 30-40% from what it was last year,” he added.

13:54 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Kohli speaks before the big opener
13:19 (IST)09 Apr 2021
IPL seeps into pop culture

In the frantic build-up to the state polls in Kerala, MS Dhoni made an unobtrusive entry into a discussion table of solemn political analysts. A television anchor casually predicted an unfancied Congress leader to perform a Dhoni-like heist to which a partly bemused analyst quipped: “Let’s see what Dhoni could do in this year’s IPL.” There were other IPL allusions too. A new-fangled political party in Kerala goes by the name Twenty20. Though its founders insist it was not inspired by IPL or the shortest format of the game, it has not prevented their adversaries from often reminding them that: “Elections are not like IPL, it’s Test cricket.” [Read more]

12:44 (IST)09 Apr 2021
On This Day

Kohli produced an absolute masterclass in a run-chase against SRH, scoring 93 off just 47 balls.


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Will the fortunes change for RCB?
11:47 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Mumbai players recall Chennai past

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