Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Monday, September 28th 2020
16:00 SA Time
It’s the battle of two of biggest cricketers in India at the moment. It’s Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma in the tenth match of IPL 2020. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Virat Kohli’s RCB have had two contrasting games so far. They came back from behind and defended 43 in the last five overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). But their perennial problems came to the fore once again when they faced Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Their bowlers leaked a plethora of runs at the death allowing the momentum to drift away. Meanwhile, the batting crumbled under pressure and the three-time finalists eventually lost by a huge margin. They will want to get things back on track.
However, it won’t be easy for them as they face the four-time champions Mumbai Indians. Like almost every season, the Rohit Sharma-led side dropped their first game and lost to Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, they came back very strongly against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and played a near-perfect game. The batsmen got runs and the bowlers were right on the money as well. Hence, they are already looking dangerous.
Moreover, MI have the wood over RCB as far as head to head record is concerned. MI have won 16 games while RCB have won just 9. Therefore, it is no surprise to see Mumbai start as favourites in this game.
Injury and Availability News
Chris Morris suffered a side strain in the pre-season camp and has missed the first two games for RCB. There is no news on his fitness yet.
Probable Playing XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali/Josh Philippe, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav/Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Key Players to watch out for
Yuzvendra Chahal: The Haryana leg-spinner has been the heart of the RCB bowling attack. Chahal has picked up four wickets and has an economy rate of 5.37 in the tournament so far. In fact, he has looked threatening every time he has come on to bowl. He will definitely be the one to watch out for. Moreover, he has a decent record against Mumbai, taking 16 wickets in 11 games.
Virat Kohli: The RCB skipper hasn’t had the best of starts to the season. He has had scores of 14 and 1 and will be desperate to turn things around in this big game for RCB. Also, Kohli has a middling record against MI which he will want to correct. He has scored 625 runs at an average of 29.76 and a strike-rate of 130.20.
Kieron Pollard: The big man from the Caribbean likes playing against RCB. He has scored 473 runs at an average of 36.38 and a strike-rate of 159.79. Also, he has 10 wickets to his name too against Virat Kohli and co.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli to be RCB’s top batsman at 2.25.
Yuzvendra Chahal to be RCB’s top bowler at 2.50.
Rohit Sharma to be MI’s top batsman at 2.50.
Jasprit Bumrah to be MI’s top bowler at 2.75.