MI v RCB Preview
Finally after weeks and days of speculations, the 14th edition of IPL is ready to start with the opening match between Royal Challengers Bangaluru and 5 times champion Mumbai Indians at Chennai in the midst of the grim looking covid pandemic scenario.
With covid daily cases increasing by the day (1.26 lac cases on 7th April) the decision makers in BCCI are keeping their fingers crossed for a smooth conduct of IPL 2021 in the strictest of bio bubbles for the 8 competing teams. BCCI has stuck to their decisions of following the same schedule with the venues decided in 1st instance.
As for the 1st game RCB looking for their maiden IPL title will be without recently covid recovered opener Devdutt Paddikal who is on quarantine currently and therefore set to miss probably the 1st two games . Under this circumstances it remains to be seen with whom they open the innings . possibilities are there with Mohammed Azharuddeen , their new recruit from Kerala or Washington Sunder , who opened in first class cricket . Of course as decided earlier Virat Kohli will be the other opener as he has already decided.
There could be a possibility of a debut for Rajat Patidar who is a belligerent domestic T20 player with a143 strike rate and can bowl off spin.
Also it remains to be seen, between Jamieson and Kane Richardson who is chosen as their overseas fast bowler.
The possible RCB XI for game one might be:
Azharuddeen, Virat Kohli, Washington Sundar, AB De Villier , Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Dan Christan, Kane Richardson, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzi Chahal
As for Mumbai Indians , they will be without the services of Quinton D Kock who has just landed after his international commitments in South Africa and will be in quarantine. Thus chances for either Ishan Kishan or Chris Lynn to open
Rest of the team will be chosen on expected lines barring injuries
Probable Mumbai XI
Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Coulter Nile, Trent Boult, Bumrah, Rahul Chahar
Mumbai look more balanced team on paper but they tend to start slowly in IPL and peaking in the final rounds . They had a great superover match with RCB in 2020 edition losing narrowly.
Thus knowing Mumbai’s tendency to start slowly RCB will surely go for the kill and look to get a winning start.
The whole of India awaits as the two stalwarts Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will go out to toss on 9 April at 7 PM sharp.