Royal Challengers Bangalore would have missed Virat Kohli and they would be relieved that Kohli is fit and fine to play a crucial match against Mumbai Indians tomorrow. Having lost 2 out of three matches, Kohli’s return to the squad will help Bangalore gain the momentum and register few wins. The star shredded side of Royal Challengers are facing partnership issues in their major part of the innings and they would surely love to overcome that by choosing best of the playing eleven. Mumbai Indians on the other side have won 2 out of their three games and both the win were due to the performance of Pandya’s and Rana. Rohit Sharma flop show with the bat is another area of concern for the team and he would surely have to change his batting order for the next game at Chinnaswamy.
Last time they played:
Last time the teams played was at the same venue of Bangalore and Mumbai Indians were the winners, winning the game by six wickets. Chasing a target of 152 in 20 overs, Mumbai Indians chased it down with 10 balls to spare and six wickets in hand. Batting first Bangalore had opening issues and K L Rahul rescued the team to a respectable total of 152. Rayudu and Rohit Sharma made sure that their team crosses the line and won the game for the Mumbai Indians.
Head to Head Battle:
Mumbai Indians have a slight upper hand in the battle against Royal challengers Bangalore and won 11 out of 19 matches played. RCB have won just 8 games which mean that the scorecard reads RCB-8 MI-11.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: With Kohli backed in the team, half of the problem of RCB have been solved and for another half, they have to tinker over to select the best playing eleven. Chris Gayle could return to the side as the ground is small and Gayle can be an advantage to play with. Shane Watson poor show with both bat and ball is another concern for the team and either he or Billy Stanlake will be axed to fit in Chris Gayle. And if Billy Stanlake is out from the team than Aravind or Aniket Chaudhary too can get a game. Vishnu Vinod will be the unlikely one to step aside if Chris Gayle is roped in.
Probable XI: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav(wk), Shane Watson, Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Iqbal Abdulla, Tymal Mills, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sreenath Arvind/Aniket Choudhary
Mumbai Indians: The Mumbai franchise are unlikely to make any changes but the form of Rohit Sharma whose aggregate is below 10 in three matches is a major thing of concern. Team management will definitely love to change his batting position so that he scores. Mitchell McClenaghan was too expensive in last two games and can be replaced by Mitchell Johnson or Tim Southee.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma (c), Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan/Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Players to watch out for:
Virat Kohli: his return to the matches after the Ranchi test injury will be very fruitful for his team and all his fan would love if he is able to score big.
Lasith Malinga: The Srilankan pacer who recently took a hat-trick against Bangladesh will be in the spotlight to deliver the best of the yorkers to the best of the batsman. His battle with Virat Kohli is always a treat to be watched.
Toss Prediction: Batting in the second innings would be a lot easier so team winning the toss would love to chase.
Match Prediction: with Virat Kohli back in the team, Bangalore chances of winning the match have increased to 70% and RCB will be the fav team to win.
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