Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore is looking to resolve their fast-paced bowling deficits in today’s match against defending champion Mumbai Indians in the Twenty Season.
RCB began the tournament with a lead, but their battle against Kings XI Punjab shattered like cards, and the team had to face a humiliating loss of 97 runs. Captain Kohli has struggled to play the significant innings in these series, and he’d like to invest more time on the field in this series.
Opener Devdutt Padikkal began his IPL career with a superb half-century, but he couldn’t do much against Kings XI Punjab.
If Aaron Finch needs to turn his innings into match-winning results, the same veteran, AB de Villiers, looks at him in great flow. The lower order of the team is not as high, and de Villiers is supposed to make up this deficit by hitting powerful shots in the opening overs.
It is not clear if Chris Maurice, a South African all-rounder, will be fit for selection due to hamstring injury.
In the bowling, the spinner Yajuvendra Chahal was able to leave an impression, while in the fast bowling, apart from Navdeep Saini, the other bowlers were unable to stop the run. So far, Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav have proven expensive.
The South African great is supposed to be in the final 11, but Mohammad Siraj may be substituted instead of Yadav.
England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali is a decent choice for the middle class but could join Dale Steyn in place of Josh Philip as a regular wicket-keeper.
Mumbai Indians, led by Indian limited-time captain Rohit Sharma, made a spectacular return after losing the first match. The squad did well against the Knight Riders of Kolkata. The flow of Rohit in this match and the strong batting of Suryakumar Yadav is a good factor for the team.
The modifications that the team can make in the final 11 may give Ishan Kishan a chance to replace Saurabh Tiwari. In bowling too, Hardik Pandya and Kiron Pollard are decent choices, but coach Mahela Jayawardene has made it clear that he does not want to take any chances by bowling to Hardik, who returns after a long time.
Jasprit Bumrah, who has done well against Chennai, is reassured by a rebound against KKR. James Pattinson and Trent Boult are also in rhythm.