Printed on: Apr 09, 2021
Mumbai Indians will face Royal Challengers Bangalore within the opening encounter of IPL 2021 on the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. Having received the final two editions, Mumbai might be searching for to finish a hat-trick of IPL titles. MI have one of many strongest and most settled batting line ups within the competitors. Led by Rohit Sharma, they’ve the likes of Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, and the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal.
Kishan, de Kock and Yadav led the batting charts for Mumbai in IPL 2020. Whereas Kishan and de Kock scored over 500 runs, Yadav ended with 480 runs. Kishan and Yadav additionally made their India debuts (in T20Is), as did Krunal (in ODIs). Hardik and Pollard, then again, have been offering the late momentum with some blistering cameos. Mumbai ought to be assured of placing up and defending huge totals with such a brutal batting line up.
Within the bowling division, Mumbai have the superb duo of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah, each match-winners in their very own proper. Two extra Kiwi pacers, James Neesham and Adam Milne, are additionally a part of the squad. Neesham can chip in with the bat as properly. Nathan Coulter-Nile and leggie Rahul Chahar are prone to make it to the enjoying XI, protecting the staff mixture in thoughts.
Though RCB have by no means received the title, they confirmed vital enchancment final yr, making the play-offs. Captain Virat Kohli goes to open the batting, like he did in IPL 2016. That yr, he shattered information, amassing near 1000 runs. He ought to be assured of doing properly once more. Kohli will open the innings with younger Devdutt Padikkal, who made a memorable IPL debut final season to win the rising participant of the yr award.
Over time, RCB have struggled resulting from their over-dependence on Kohli and AB de Villiers. This time, they’ve roped in Glenn Maxwell. The Aussie had a torrid season final time however RCB nonetheless picked him on the public sale at a whopping worth. The transfer can both be a masterstroke or a catastrophe, nothing in between. RCB will even be hoping native skills like Mohammed Azharuddeen and Sachin Child can ship.
Within the bowling division, RCB have gone for New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson and Australia all-rounder Daniel Christian. They’re good utility cricketers, and Kohli should look to get the most effective out of each.
Amongst tried and examined Indians, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini should do the job with the ball. Yuzvendra Chahal hasn’t been at his better of late. So it stays to be seen how he shapes up. Off-spinner Washington Sundar, then again, will go into the event together with his popularity having grown in leaps and bounds.
MI predicted enjoying 11:
Rohit Sharma (C), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile
RCB predicted enjoying 11:
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Azharuddeen, Sachin Child, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kane Richardson, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
–Renin Wilben Albert