After facing a tough defeat in the season opener against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will play their first home game on Thursday. The Mumbai Indians (MI) are their opponents who likewise surrendered their opening game to the Delhi Capitals (DC). Both the teams will be eager to jump on the board as quickly as possible as they are regularly guilty of getting off to bad begin to the season.
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai establishment walked out with a different combination in the first game which didn’t work. Their bowling appeared to be really powerless and the team the board will be excited about amending the mistake immediately. They have likewise got Lasith Malinga support with the SLC turning around its position and enabling him to play in the tournament. In spite of the fact that it is as yet uncertain whether he will be accessible for this game.
The situation is something comparative in the RCB camp also. Their star-studded didn’t click at the Chepauk and the onus will be by and by on them for sure. Likewise, it will intrigue see the behaviour of the Chinnaswamy track which has slowed down considerably over the last couple of years. Having said that, the home advantage is with the RCB and they are expected to punch above their weight.
The seventh game of the IPL among RCB and MI will be hosted by the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The match begins at 08:00 PM local time (02:30 PM GMT).
The game will be live on Star Sports in India. (Live streaming on Hotstar).
The sun will be out the entire day in Bengaluru on Thursday and the temperatures will hover in the mid-30s. In any case, in the number one spot up to the game, it will descend under 30 Degrees which will make the players and the fans feel much better. But with two teams clashing, the heat will be on in the middle.
Last five finished T20 matches: (Most recent- first)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: L, L, W, W, W
Mumbai Indians: L, L, W, L, W
Average 1st innings score: 191 (Last five night T20 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Plausible Playing XI:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini.
Bench: Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Heinrich Klaasen, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Washington Sundar.
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bench: Ishan Kishan, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Pankaj Jaiswal, Aditya Tare, Rahul Chahar, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Jayant Yadav.
Jasprit Bumrah trained on Tuesday with the team and will no doubt play this game.
SLC has permitted Lasith Malinga to play however there is no update about his availability for this match.
Kieron Pollard versus RCB in Bengaluru: 200 runs from seven innings at an average of 50 with two fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard
Vice-Captain Options: Krunal Pandya, Moeen Ali, Yuvraj Singh
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/ Small Leagues:
Keeper – Quinton de Kock (VC)
Batsmen – Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard
All-Rounders – Moeen Ali, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Parthiv Patel
Batsmen – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav
All-Rounders – Moeen Ali, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers – Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj, Mitchell McClenaghan.
Krunal Pandya has the better of AB de Villiers the greater part of the times. He could be a risky pick for this game.
Kieron Pollard has a great record at the Chinnaswamy stadium.