Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Indian Premier League is back in India, with Mumbai Indian taking on the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians is always a high-profile game.
The two sides are lead by India’s best batsman, where one is the captain of the national side, and the other is the vice-captain.
One side is the most successful in the tournament, while the other boasts great players but has been underachievers for a long time.
With Covid cases on the rise, the IPL will be in question throughout this season, and venues may change at any time.
Quite a few players and support staff have tested positive in their respective bubbles.
With all that’s been going around, protocols are likely to be very rigorous this season, but for now, the attention would be down in Chennai, where the first match is going to be played.
With all the games played in neutral venues, adaptability is going to be a key factor.
Both the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore boast powerful line-ups and face off on a slow track in Chennai, which will test their adaptability.
Both sides have built their legacy on home grounds which have small boundaries and provide high-scoring games.
They rely on six-hitting, and the move to Chennai is likely to challenge both sides.
If the Chepauk pitch plays its natural self, a lot of turns can be expected.
Spin has played a massive part in Chennai through the years, and the recent Test series against England is an example.
However, as it is only the first day of the tournament, there will be a touch of unpredictability.
Another fact that stands in Mumbai’s favor are their result in Chennai.
While most visiting sides struggle in the stadium, Mumbai has enjoyed a good record on the ground, having won nearly every game since 2010.
On the other hand, Royal Challengers don’t have as excellent a record, and the numbers will be stacked against them.
Mumbai Indians News:
Both Quinton De Kock and Adam Milne have recently flown into Chennai, and news about their seven-day quarantine is yet to be told.
While Adam Milne is likely to serve his quarantine period, Quinton De Kock may not have to as he flew straight from the South African bubble to the Mumbai Indians bubble.
The employment of a chartered flight by the Mumbai Indians may help Quinton De Kock avoid quarantine, allowing him to play the first game.
In case he doesn’t, though, the Mumbai Indians have Chris Lynn, who spent the entire season on the bench last year.
If Quinton De Kock doesn’t play the season opener, Lynn could get his first game for the Mumbai Indians.
On the other hand, Adam Milne may have to wait as Nathan Coulter-Nile comes in his place unless Mumbai decides to go with an extra all-rounder in James Neesham.
- Rohit Sharma
- Quinton De Kock/Chris Lynn
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Ishan Kishan
- Hardik Pandya
- Kieron Pollard
- Krunal Pandya
- Nathan Coulter-Nile/James Neesham
- Trent Boult
- Rahul Chahar
- Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News:
Devdutt Padikkal has rejoined the Royal Challengers Bangalore after recovering from Covid and is likely to play the opening game.
Finn Allen and Adam Zampa will not be available for the opener as Finn Allen is still in quarantine, and Zampa took a break for his marriage.
Daniel Sams will also not be available for the first game, as he is recovering from Covid-19.
- Devdutt Padikkal
- Virat Kohli
- Ab De Villiers
- Glenn Maxwell
- Mohammad Azharuddeen
- Dan Christian
- Washington Sundar
- Kyle Jamieson
- Mohammad Siraj
- Navdeep Saini
- Yuzvendra Chahal
The Chennai pitch is generally slow, and the recent Test series proved the nature of the surface.
Batting is likely to be easy upfront but problematic as the ball gets older, making it easier for the side batting first.
Along with the pitch, dew could play a significant factor in the outcome of the match.
In recent years, Chennai has seen much dew in the night games, affecting the spinners badly in the second half.