RCB vs MI Match Preview – Virat Kohli and his team, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will play their first home game here at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.
After losing their first & opening match of the season from the in-form Chennai Super Kings (CSK), it is very important for the hosts to win this match against the Mumbai Indians (MI) to bring back their confidence.
The opponents have also been the losing side in their opening game of the season against the Delhi Capitals (DC). They will be equally eager and determined to defeat the hosts at their own battleground to register their first victory.
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians tried some experiments with their team combination in the previous game but unfortunately, it didn’t work.
Their bowling attack was weak and totally unbalanced. The availability of their main strike pacer, Lasith Malinga is still unclear as an official announcement has not yet made by the SLC regarding the same.
The situation is somewhat similar in the other camp as well. The batting line-up of RCB is undoubtedly the strongest one on paper, but their performance at the Chepauk Stadium against CKS portrayed an exact opposite tale.
Both the teams will lock their horns tonight at Chinnaswamy, and we all expect to witness a strong encounter.
The Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru will host the 7th match of Indian Premier League between RCB vs MI tonight.
Average 1st Innings total at Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru: 191 runs
Records of the chasing teams: Won 3, Lost 2
The sun will be out the entire day on Thursday here at Bengaluru.
However, the temperature is expected to remain in the range of 30 and 35-degree Celsius during the play time.
During the second half of the game, the temperature will get down under 30 degrees, making the crowd and players to feel better. Change in temperature will not make much difference on the pitch, however, dew may play an important part in the latter half of the match.
Last 5 IPL Matches of Both the Teams
Starting from the most-recent first;
Mumbai Indians: L, L, W, L, W
Royal Challengers Bangalore: L, L, W, W, W
Possible Playing 11:
Here is the possible playing 11 for both the teams:
Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock (WK), Yuvraj Singh, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bench Strength – Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Rahul Chahar, Rasikh Salam, Jayant Yadav, Aditya Tare.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel (WK), Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, AB de Villiers, Umesh Yadav, Shivan Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
Bench Strength – Milind Kumar, Himmat Singh, Devdutt Padikkal, Colin de Grandhomme, Prayas Barman, Pawan Negi, Heinrich Klaasen
Jaspreet Bumrah has been seen training with the team on nets, and thus he will most likely play this match.
Although SLC has allowed the MI fast bowler Lasith Malinga to play in IPL, still there are no updates on his availability for the season.
Dream 11 Fantasy League Tips
Captain Choices: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, AB de Villiers
Vice Captain Choices: Moeen Ali, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh
Crickclassics’ Playing 11
Here are our recommended teams for small and grand leagues of Dream 11.
Small League/Head To Head Team
Wicket Keeper – Quinton de Kock (VC)
Batsman – AB de Villers, Virat Kohli (C), Kieron Pollard, Yuvraj Singh, Shimron Hetmyer
All-Rounders – Krunal Pandya, Moeen Ali
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mitchell McClenaghan
Grand/Mega League Team
Wicket Keeper – Parthiv Patel
Batsman – AB de Villers (C), Virat Kohli, Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma (VC), Suryakumar Yadav
All-Rounders – Krunal Pandya, Moeen Ali
Bowlers – Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan
Pick Kieron Pollard in both the leagues as he has a great record at the Chinnaswamy, Bengaluru.
*Disclaimer: These teams are based on the analysis, instinct, and understanding of the author. Make your own decision and consider the points mentioned while selecting your team.