Both the teams are sitting pretty in the top half of the points table.
The last time when Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced off in Dubai, the match turned out to be an absolute thriller. The game went right into the Super Over and it was Virat Kohli and Co. who came out trumps.
The next powerful clash between these powerful teams will be on Wednesday, October 28 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Both sides have had impressive runs in the event. Both teams are standing at 14 points from their first 11 matches. However, it’s MI, who are at the top due to their superior net run rate of +1.252.
Nevertheless, the teams would be going into the clash on the back of defeats in their last matches. They will know that another victory under their belt would invariably seal them a berth in the playoffs. A competitive match seems to be on the cards.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been an absolute belter for the batsman and the track doesn’t change nature during the course of matches. The pacers are getting some assistance as well.
Also, due to the presence of dew, chasing should be the way forward for the time being. The playing conditions will be warm with the temperature around 29 degrees Celsius. The humidity will mostly be in the 60s.
Playing Combinations for MI vs RCB
Quinton de Kock (WK), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (C), Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, James Pattinson.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Moeen Ali, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Navdeep Saini/Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.
Probable Top Performers for MI vs RCB
Suryakumar Yadav– Mumbai Indians
Suryakumar Yadav would be out there to prove a point after missing out from India’s tour of Australia. The right-hander has been in riveting form, batting at number three.
The Mumbai-born batsman has played at a strike-rate of nearly 150, showing how much fluent he has been in the event. In 10 games, he has 283 runs at an average of 31.44 with a top score of an unbeaten 79.
Virat Kohli– Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli failed in the first three games, but then he found his mojo and is currently RCB’s leading run-scorer in the ongoing edition. In 11 matches, the Challengers’ skipper has 415 runs at an average and strike-rate of 59.28 and 125 respectively.
That he is averaging nearly 60 after his initial failures show the class he possesses. If Kohli finds his feet against MI, then the bowlers could be chasing leather.
MI vs RCB Head to Head
Played- 28 |MI won- 18 | RCB won- 10 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 5 | MI won- 2 | RCB won- 3 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 165 (16 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 8 | Lost- 8
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.