Virat Kohli looks to inspire Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians
The wait is over. Having missed him for the first two weeks of the Indian Premier League, the Bengaluru team will be buoyed by their talisman’s availability for the visit of Mumbai Indians, at M Chinnaswamy stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have had an average start to their IPL 2017 campaign with one win over 3 matches.
RCB received a major boost when captain Virat Kohli was declared fit to play. The RCB skipper missed the first three matches recuperating the shoulder he injured in the Test series prior to the IPL season; in his absence, RCB, captained by Shane Watson, won only one of three matches. On the eve of the match, the RCB skipper indicated that Chris Gayle, who was benched in the previous match, was available for selection; Virat said, “Gayle has been a priority for us. In Bangalore, we would go with the strongest XI and Gayle is a strong contender.”
Mumbai already seem to have found their best XI and most of the line up has had a hand to play in their two wins. Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler are two batsmen who will want to contribute bigger to the team’s cause and both have good records at the Chinnaswamy. The return of Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan’s show against SRH add to the threat of their attack. The one to watch out for though will be Krunal Pandya seeing how RCB has fared against Shahbaz Nadeem and Axar Patel in successive games. Mumbai’s big hitters, from Buttler and Rohit to Kieron Pollard, new find Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya will relish a go in the Chinnaswamy Stadium too.
Current Status in IPL 2017
RCB : Matches – 3, Won – 1, Lost – 2
MI: Matches – 3, Won – 2, Lost – 1
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli will walk into the XI and will also captain the side. Vinod Vishnu, the wicket-keeping batsman, may have to sit out to accommodate the skipper which means Kedar Jadhav has to take on the big gloves again. It is unlikely that RCB will bring back Chris Gayle.
Predicted XI: Virat Kohli (C), Shane Watson, AB De Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Iqbal Abdullah, Tymal Mills, Yuzvendra Chahal, Billy Stanlake
Mumbai Indians combination looks more or less settled.The only change that they will contemplate on is to bring-in Mitchell Johnson instead of Mitchell McClenaghan as the latter has largely struggled giving away runs at an economy of 11.6 in exchange of just two wickets.The rest of the side will be the same, as it has been for the last two games.
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Parthiv Patel (W), Nitish Rana, Jos Butler, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 19, RCB Won – 8, MI Won – 11
In Bengaluru: Matches – 7, RCB Won – 1, MI Won – 6
Our Prediction for the game:
At their home ground, RCB would be favourite to win the match. With their trump card skipper Virat Kohli back into the team, RCB would look to bat Mumbai Indians out of the match. Mumbai Indians would look to continue the winning momentum
Our Prediction goes with Mumbai Indians (MI)
Mumbai Indians start as favorite as they have always enjoyed success in the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. They also have a better win-loss record against RCB and are coming into the game on the backs of two consecutive wins.