It has not even been five months since Mumbai Indians lifted their fifth IPL title and here we are at it again. The opening match of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League will be between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
While Mumbai Indians are looking one of the strongest sides on paper and are gunning for a record hat-trick of IPL titles, RCB have also bolstered their firepower by the addition of ‘Big Show’ Glenn Maxwell to their squad.
The two teams shared the spoils last season during their two league meetings. With no home venues on offer this season, it remains to be seen how teams get the job done in neutral stadiums. This will be a new test for players on Indian conditions.
Talking about the teams, Mumbai Indians will be without Quinton de Kock, who is serving a mandatory quarantine period of seven days. Australia’s swashbuckling batsman Chris Lynn is likely to get a game. The rest of the team is pretty much from what we witnessed last season. Overall, the defending champions present a major threat, especially with a dream pace attack. They bat long and strong and there are quality players across every department.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand will be missing Devdutt Padikkal, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Mohammed Azharuddeen could be brought in at the top. He is an amazing player and this is a big chance for him to test himself. Finn Allen could make his IPL debut after replacing Josh Philippe, who pulled himself out of the cash rich league citing personal reasons. Virat Kohli led side will want their bowlers to make an impact on a collective basis, that could keep them in the game. Washington Sundar’s impact in the powerplay overs will be an important aspect.
Match: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 1
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Time: 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Broadcast Details: Star Sports Network, Hotstar
Considering the last few matches at the Chepauk, we can again expect a low scoring game on Friday. Spinners are expected to dominate for the majority of the game. However, in the second innings, dominance of spinners decreases as soon as dew comes into play. There should be some swing available for the new-ball bowlers, who will likely revert to slowing their pace as the match progresses.
With humid conditions on offer, either side will prefer to chase at the venue upon winning the toss.Anything around 150 might be a competitive total here.
Average First Inning Score
Record Of Chasing Team
55℅ of the matches have been won by the chasing side.
It will be a clear day in Chennai on Friday with minimal chances of rainfall and the temperature is expected to hover around 26-30 degree Celsius. It’s not as high as what other cities in the country are currently experiencing during the ongoing summer. But humidity is always the thing to consider in Chennai. A humidity around 65% could make things difficult for the players.
MI vs RCB – Head To Head Record
Total Matches Played: 29
MI Won: 19
RCB Won: 10
Probable Playing XIs
Rohit Sharma (C), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter Nile/Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Bench: Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Aditya Tare, Jayant Yadav, James Neesham, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Piyush Chawla/Nathan Coulter Nile,Yudhvir Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Quinton de Kock
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar/Mohammad Azharuddeen, Sachin Baby/Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kyle Jamieson/Kane Richardson
Bench: Suyash Prabhudessai/Sachin Baby, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Rajat Patidar/Mohammad Azharuddeen, Daniel Sams, Finn Allen, KS Bharat, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson/Kane Richardson, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa
Here is Our IPL 2021 MI vs RCB Match Prediction
Here are the cases for who will win today’s IPL Match 1 between Mumbai Indians vs Royals Challengers Bangalore.
MI Win The Toss & Bowl
RCB’s Powerplay Score: 45-50
RCB’s Overall Score: 150-160
Mumbai Indians will win the match.
RCB Win The Toss & Bowl
MI’s Powerplay Score: 50-55
MI’s Overall Score: 150-170
Royal Challengers Bangalore will win the match.
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