After both losing their opening games, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Mumbai Indians (MI) will desperate to get some points on the board when they meet on Thursday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Despite winning this fixture here last year, RCB have a poor record at home versus Mumbai, winning just two of nine contests.
An RCB side packed with quality batsmen such as Virat Kohli (second-highest run scorer in IPL history with 4,954) and AB de Villiers (ranked #3 in the most sixes chart with 186) were skittled out for just 70 on a poorly prepared wicket in their opener against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). That was their lowest-ever score in the IPL.
They then managed to take just three CSK wickets as the visitors took the spoils by seven wickets. Kohli stated after the match that they were “glad to have that game at the beginning of the season rather than at the end”. They may well look to field the same side in this match, assuming the wicket will be more conducive to T20 cricket!
Three times winners of the IPL, MI were unable to chase down the 213/7 set by the Delhi Capitals in their opener, despite Mitch McClenaghan taking 3/40. Key bowler Jasprit Bumrah sustained a shoulder injury during his spell (0/40) and is a doubt for this match.
There were some positives in the chase which fell short at 176/9, as Yuvraj Singh silenced many of his critics by top scoring 53 (his 13th IPL 50). There was a also decent start for new signing Quinton de Kock, who scored 27 off just 16 balls.
Fantasy Cricket- Players to watch out for
Look no further than Virat Kohli (RCB) and Rohit Sharma (MI).
Both are capable of match winning performances and only Suresh Raina has scored more IPL runs than these two.
RCB vs MI T20 – Expected Playing XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini.
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kohli needs 46 runs to reach 5,000 runs in the IPL and 81 runs to become the highest-ever run scorer.
MI lead the overall H2H with 14 wins to nine. The average first innings score here in the IPL is 171 (IPL high).