Bangalore, March 27, Tuesday at 08:00 PM IST
So, it's time for Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma in the IPL 2019. Both the sides, Royal Challengers Banglore and Mumbai Indians will be face to face against each other at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Thursday evening. The two teams have faced defeats in their opening fixture and would be desperate to open their account in tomorrow's clash. The match will begin at 08:00 PM IST in the evening.
Royal Challengers Bangalore faced 7 wicket drubbing at the hands of defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener at M Chidambaram in Chennai while Mumbai Indians fell short by 37 runs while chasing a mammoth target of 213 runs at their home ground in Wankhede.
In head to head battle, Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians have an upper hand over Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore. Be it their home ground- M Chinnaswamy or any other venue, Mumbai Indians have outplayed Bangalore for most of the times. At M Chinnaswamy, MI has clinched victories in 6 out of 9 games. However, they should avoid being complacent and should not take the hosts lightly. With AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Shimron Hetmyer in the batting line-up and Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the bowling ranks, RCB looks quite balanced this time.
Moreover, the time will tell who takes an edge this time to open their account on Thursday evening. Till then, let's have a quick glance at team news and grand league teams.
Total – 25
MI – 16
Head to head at M Chinnaswamy
Total – 09
Mumbai Indians – 07
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 02
M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore is heaven for batters. The boundaries are really small and many record chases have been witnessed at this venue. Rohit Sharma scored his first ODI double hundred on this ground and with plenty of big hitters on each side, tomorrow's clash is expected to be a high scoring thriller. Also, the chasing side has a more winning percentage at this ground.
Matches won batting first – 30
Matches won bowling first – 40
Average 1st Inns scores – 169
Average 2nd Inns scores – 149
Highest total recorded – 263/5 (20 Ov) by RCB vs PWI
Lowest total recorded – 82/10 (15.1 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest score chased – 207/5 (19.4 Ov) by CSK vs RCB
Lowest score defended – 106/2 (8 Ov) by RCB vs CSK
Royal Challengers Banglore:
Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Cutting, Rasikh Salam
Doubt: Jasprit Bumrah/L Malinga
This RCB vs MI Dream11 prediction is high-risk but you may reap rewards if some assumptions come off. We advise you not to use these teams in small league contests.
Although RCB has a poor record against Mumbai Indians at their backyard- M Chinnaswamy, the team has enough firepower to bounce back. AB de Villiers, S Hetmyer, V Kohli are the power-hitters in the side while Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will be the key in bowling. Umesh Yadav was the best bowler for powerplays in the last edition.
Captain & Vice-captain – Shimron Hetmyer, Umesh Yadav, Moen Ali & Yuzvendra Chahal
Note: V Kohli & AB de Villiers will be in most of the teams so there's no point making them captain & vice-captain.
Short boundaries make M Chinnaswamy a batting paradise. With plenty of power-hitters on both the sides, there's no doubt it will be a high-scoring encounter
Captain & Vice-captain – Q de Kock, Shimron Hetmyer, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya
In last few seasons, the M Chinnaswamy in Bangalore has turned out to be much slower rather than being the traditional high-scoring venue. If it turns out to be the same on Thursday, spinners and all-rounders can become the match-winner.
Captain & vice-captain – Shivam Dubey, Krunal Pandya, M Markande
THIS RCB VS MI DREAM11 PREDICTION IS HIGH-RISK BUT YOU MAY REAP REWARDS IF SOME ASSUMPTIONS COME OFF. WE ADVISE YOU NOT TO USE THESE TEAMS IN SMALL LEAGUE CONTESTS.