Abu Dhabi: The eyes of Mumbai Indians (MI) and RCB (RCB) will remain focused on making it to the playoffs of IPL 2020. Mumbai had lost to Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets in the previous match. It has 14 digits. Virat Kohli-led RCB also has 14 points. He too suffered a loss to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. Today, any team that wins will secure a place in the playoffs.
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Rohit Sharma is expected to be out of the third match due to injury. His fitness became a topic of discussion before this match. He did not play in the last 2 matches due to hamstring injury. The captain of the Mumbai Indians practiced on the nets on Monday. Incidentally, he was not selected in the squad for the tour of Australia on the same day. No clear statement has been issued by Mumbai Indians or BCCI about his fitness.
In the absence of Rohit, Mumbai will have to show confidence in Saurabh Tiwari and Ishaan Kishan. Quinton Dickock (374 runs) had failed against Rajasthan and he would be desperate to make an impact. Kishan (298 runs) and Suryakumar Yadav (283 runs) are his other batsmen who have made significant contributions so far.
Hardik Pandya showed his ability to play long shots against Rajasthan by hitting 7 sixes. Apart from Hardik, the acting captain Kirron Pollard and Krunal Pandya are the players in the team who specialize in long shots and can make a difference between the two teams.
The Mumbai bowlers would like to forget the previous match and start afresh. In the last match, they did not have a match in front of Rajasthan’s Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson. Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah have so far handled the bowling department well. Together these two have taken 33 wickets. For the third fast bowler, Mumbai will have to choose between James Pattinson and Nathan Culper Nile.
Mumbai Indians potential playing XI: Quinton Dickock (wicketkeeper), Ishaan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwari, Hardik Pandya, Kirron Pollard (captain), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jaspreet Bumrah
The entire team of Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattinson, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McLennagan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Kulpatar. Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton Dickock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Sherfen Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
For RCB, captain Kohli (415 runs) would like to continue his superb form. Australian Aaron Finch (236 runs), young Devadatta Padikkal (343 runs) and AB de Villiers (324 runs) need to show more consistency. If all the RCB top order batsmen contribute, then the opposing team may be in trouble.
Chris Maurice, Moin Ali and Gurkeerat Mann may also contribute significantly in the lower middle order, but RCB’s team is worried about the bowling department due to injury to Navdeep Saini. The situation is not clear about Saini playing in the match against Mumbai. If he does not play, in addition to Morris and Mohammed Siraj, the responsibility of Isuru Udana will also increase.
RCB Possible Playing XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Full team of RCB: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh, 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 today at 7:00 pm
Match Start Time: Indian time today at 7:30 pm
field: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi