Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
The first match of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League is all set to kick start on the 9th of April. The match is Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both these teams are solid teams on the paper, but they have had very different journeys in their campaigns in the IPL.
Mumbai Indians is the 5 times champion, which is the maximum number of title wins for any IPL team. This Mumbai Indians side is without any doubt the most settled side this season. They retained most of their core playing eleven from the last season. This time they will continue with a similar lineup and will make changes only if the playing conditions demand or the players are unavailable.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the most reputed and most followed teams in the IPL. They have played very good cricket in the past. It’s just that luck has not favored them. All of their key players need to make an impact this season. Only then will they be able to make this season different from all the previous ones.
The match will be played at The Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. The wicket at Chepauk is a turning wicket, as we have seen in the past IPL seasons and the recent Test matches. This time too it is expected to turn and assist the spinners.
It has become a trend in T20 cricket to win the toss and bowl first. This match is going to be the same. The team winning the toss would want to chase the target.
RCB Predicted Playing XI
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), Mohammed Azharudeen, AB de Villers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Dan Cristian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.
MI Predicted Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.