Dubai: The RCB of Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians (MI) and Virat Kohli’s (RCB) will be face to face at the Dubai International Stadium today. RCB started off with a win in the tournament but their batting against Kings XI Punjab shattered like cards and the team had to face a crushing defeat of 97 runs. Mumbai Indians, led by India’s limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, have made a spectacular comeback after their loss in the first match. The team performed well against Kolkata Knight Riders.
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Rohit’s rhythm in this match and Suryakumar Yadav’s great batting is a positive aspect for the team. One change that the team can make in the playing XI is that Ishan Kishan may get a chance to replace Sourav Tiwari.
In bowling too, Hardik Pandya and Kiron Pollard are good options but coach Mahela Jayawardene has made it clear that he does not want to take any risk by bowling to Hardik who is returning after a long time. Jasprit Bumrah, who performed average against Chennai, is relieved by the great comeback against KKR. James Pattinson and Tret Bolt are also in rhythm.
Mumbai Indians potential playing XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton Dickock, Saurabh Tiwari, Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Kirron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pandya, James Pattinson. Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Mumbai Indians team: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Suchit Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishaan Kishan, James Pattison, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McLighan, Mohsin Khan , Nathan Culpert Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton Dickock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Sherfan Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
Captain Kohli also failed to play big innings (14 and 1 run) in the first 2 matches of this season and he would like to spend some time on the pitch in this match. Opener Devdutt Padiikkal started his IPL career with a brilliant half-century, but he could not do much against Kings XI Punjab. This young batsman will have to try to maintain consistency.
Australia limited overs captain Aaron Finch would like to convert his innings into match-winning performances, while the same veteran AB de Villiers is seen in a brilliant rhythm. The lower order of the team is not that strong and it is expected that de Villiers will fill this shortcoming by putting big shots in the overs of Akhiri. It is not clear whether South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who will be out for 2 matches due to a muscle strain, will be available for selection.
In bowling, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has managed to leave an impact, while in fast bowling, apart from Navdeep Saini, the other bowlers have not been able to stop the run. Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav have proved expensive so far. This great South African player is expected to get a place in the playing XI but Mohammad Siraj can be fielded in place of Yadav. England all-rounder Moeen Ali is a great option for the middle order but he can only join the team in place of Dale Steyn due to Josh Philip’s regular wicketkeeping.
RCB Possible Playing XI: Devdutt Padyakkal, Virat Kohli (captain), Josh Philip (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aaron Finch, Shivam Dubey, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav and Washington Sundar
Full team of RCB: Aaron Finch, Devadatta Padikkal, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Mann, Shivam Dubey, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Jampa, Isuru Udana, Moin Ali , Josh Philip, Pawan Negi, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
Toss Time: Indian time will be at 7 pm today
Match Start Time: Indian time today at 7:30 pm
field: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai