Venue: Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Head to head record:
Captain: Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore, in their 12th season of the Indian Premier League now, are only one of three (regular) IPL teams to have not won an IPL title. They have reached 3 IPL Finals. In the opening game of IPL 2019, however, RCB continued their wretched run of form that saw them finish last in IPL 2018. Virat Kohli’s team were bowled out for 73 in Chennai, and lost the match easily by 7 wickets on a viciously slow pitch. Their top scorer was opener Parthiv Patel, who was the only batsman to reach double figures (29). For a team known for its explosive batting prowess, RCB has struggled since 2016 in this department. Virat Kohli is the only player in IPL history right now to have played 13 seasons with the same team. Players like Kieron Pollard and Suresh Raina have been with their respective teams since the beginning of their IPL careers, too, but this is Raina’s 11th season with CSK (thanks to the 2-year ban) and it is Pollard’s 10th season with MI. RCB will hope to make merry at their first home game this season, with the retired AB de Villiers now plying his trade solely as a domestic T20 player.
Expected XI against MI:
Parthiv, Kohli, Moeen Ali, De Villiers, Hetmyer, Dube/Gurkeerat, Grandhomme, Washington Sundar/Pawan Negi, Chahal, Yadav, Siraj
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Captain: Rohit Sharma
Indian captain v/s Indian vice captain. Not for the first time, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians have started their new IPL campaign with a resounding loss. They went down to a Rishabh Pant special at the Wankhede, and will be looking to bounce back against arguably the weakest team in IPL this season. But RCB is hit or miss, and despite having a winning record against them, and despite having won 5 of their last 6 IPL matches against RCB, Rohit and his men won’t take Kohli’s team lightly. Mumbai have a more well-rounded team this season, thanks to the arrival of Quinton de Kock and even Yuvraj Singh in the brittle middle order. Jasprit Bumrah, currently the best bowler in the world, had an off day against Delhi Capitals, going for 40 runs and injuring his shoulder. While the entire country held their breaths, it is revealed that the injury isn’t serious, though Rohit will not want to risk him for the next few games. He becomes yet another bowler, after Adam Milne and Lasith Malinga, unavailable to play for the team. Given the flat batting pitch, Mumbai will be worried about either Kohli or AB firing against their weakened batting line-up.
Predicted XI against RCB:
De Kock, Rohit, Suryakumar, Yuvraj Singh, Pollard, Hardik, Krunal, Cutting, McClenaghan, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran
BMS Result Prediction:
We predict Mumbai to win their first IPL game of the season, with a Rohit fifty.