Head to Head:MI 14-9 RCB
If there is one team that might not be too bothered about losing their first game of the tournament then it has to be Mumbai. They’ve made a habit of making slow starts in IPL and it’s nothing new for them or their fans. But again if you look at the way the first match went there were some clear signs of a lack of planning on their part.
They had Ben Cutting, someone who opened the innings in Big Bash at No.8 which shows how deep they were batting. What didn’t work for them was a hastily put together batting order. Anyone was batting anywhere and you’ve got to question what value Keiron Pollard is adding to the unit if he hardly scores the big runs and has not been used regularly as a bowler either.
The bowling unit would be reeling from the hammering given by Rishabh Pant and playing next at a venue renowned for flat tracks, small grounds and massive scores would make it important for them to have a better game plan in place.
On the Upside, they face an opposition in RCB that is highly underconfident right now and coming off a beating at the hands of CSK so if Mumbai is able to take the initiative they could be able to get a stranglehond on the game.
In terms of team combination Markande could get a game in place of Rasikh to provide a bit of variety to the attack.
The player under the spotlight
It’s about time people started to question what Keiron Pollard is doing in the side, He doesn’t bowl anymore and one would really need to strain their memory to remember the last time Pollard actually made a sizeable contribution to the eleven. For the big guy, the clock is ticking for sure.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan
Royal Challengers Bangalore
In many ways, it’s a new season but the same old story for RCB as they’re up against it yet again. A potent batting line-up and a decent bowling lineup constitute a team that would be relying heavily on Kohli, De Villiers, and Hetmyer to make sizeable contributions every time they play.
One thing that could work for RCB would be the conditions at Bengaluru which are conducive to run making. If they are able to score big which AB, Virat, and Hetmyer surely can, they’ll be able to bat the opposition out of the match and we’ve already seen the same happen to their opponents MI in their first match where Pant just batted Delhi to victory.
Despite heavy criticism surrounding the team selection in the first game RCB could field the same team yet again as it does tick all the boxes for them.
The player under the spotlight
One guy who would probably be the most disappointed by his effort in the first game would be AB De Villiers. After getting dropped off the previous ball, he should not have gone for that shot especially considering the situation the team was in. AB would surely be looking to make amends for what was an underwhelming performance from him.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel. Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali ,AB De Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin De Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
IPL 2019 Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (MI vs RCB) Preview and Prediction
At Chinnaswamy, we would ideally expect a high scoring match up and we could expect the teams to score in the region of 200.
Next Match :- KXIP Vs MI Preview and Prediction
Looking at both the sides it does seem that Mumbai has a lot more depth in both their batting and bowling units and unless there is a singular match-winning knock by either of the big guys from RCB the smart money would be on MI taking this one and putting their first win on the board.
Mumbai Indians To Win @ 1.85 at Pinnacle Sports