Royal Challengers Bangalore (ACB), led by Virat Kohli, will be looking to overcome their fast bowling deficit in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Monday. RCB started the tournament with a win, but their batting card against Kings XI Punjab was shattered and the team had to face a 979-run defeat.
Captain Kohli also failed to play big innings (14 and a run) in these matches and he wants to spend some time on the field in this match. Opener Angel Padakkal started his IPL career with a great half-century, but he could not do much against Kings XI Punjab. This young batsman will try to maintain consistency.
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Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch wants to turn his innings into a match-winning performance, with the same experienced AB de Villiers looking great. The lower order of the team is not so strong and it is expected that de Villiers will fill this gap by throwing big shots in the last overs. It is not yet clear whether South African all-rounder Chris Morris will be available for selection due to a hamstring injury.
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In bowling, spinner Yuzbendra Chahal was able to make an impact, in fast bowling other bowlers besides Navdeep Saini could not stop the run. Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav have so far proved costly. The South African is hopeful of a place in the final XI but Yadav could be replaced by Mohammad Siraj. English all-rounder Maine Ali is a great option for the middle order, but he could be replaced by Dale Steyn in place of regular wicketkeeper Josh Phillip.
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The Mumbai Indians, led by India’s limited-overs co-captain Rohit Sharma, came back from losing the first match. The team had a great performance against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Rohit’s rhythm and Suryakumar Yadav’s great batting in this match is a positive aspect for the team. What the team can change in the final XI is the opportunity for Kishan Kishan to replace Sourav Tiwary.
Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard are also good options in bowling, but coach Mahela Jayawardene has made it clear that he does not want to take any risks by bowling Hardik, who is back after a long absence. Jaspreet Bumrah, who had an average performance against Chennai, is relieved to be back against KKR. James Pattinson and Tret Bolt are also in rhythm.
The teams are as follows:
RCB: Aaron Finch, Angel Padikkal, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli (Capt.), AB de Villiers, Gurkirat Mann, Shivam Dubey, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Dale Stein, Yuzvendra Jamhal Chahal, Adv. Ali, Josh Philip, Pawan Negi, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Aditya Tare, Anmalpreet Singh, Suchit Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattinson, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieran Mollen , Nathan Colpert Neal, Yuvraj Balwant Roy, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Sourav Tiwari, Sherfan Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Bolt