The last time Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) went head to head in Dubai in IPL 2020, the match ended up being a thriller. The game went into the Super Over and it was Virat Kohli and Co who came out victorious.
Both teams will battle at the Sheik Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The two sides have had noteworthy runs in the event. Both have 14 points from their initial 11 matches. But it’s MI who is at the top due to a net run-rate of +1.252.
In case of a win, RCB or MI will seal a spot in the playoffs.
Pitch and playing conditions
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been an outright belter for the batsmen and the track doesn’t change nature throughout matches. The pacers are getting some help too.
Likewise, because of the presence of dew, chasing ought to be the route forward for now. The playing conditions will be warm with the temperature around 29 degrees Celsius. The dampness will generally be during the 60s.
Playing combinations for both RCB and MI
Royal Challengers Bangalore probable XI
Virat Kohli (C), Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (WK), Moeen Ali, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mumbai Indians probable XI
Kieron Pollard (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar.
Top performers for both RCB and MI
Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli fizzled in the initial three games. Then he discovered his magic and now he’s RCB’s leading run-scorer in the tournament. In 11 matches, Kohli has 415 runs at an average and strike-rate of 59.28 and 125 separately.
Kohli is averaging almost 60 after his first few disappointments, showing all the class he has.
Suryakumar Yadav – Mumbai Indians
Suryakumar Yadav will want to demonstrate a point in the wake of missing a great opportunity to play in India’s matches against Australia. The right-hander has been in great form in IPL 2020, batting at number three.
The right-handed batsman has a strike-rate of almost 150, showing how good he has been in the tournament so far. In 10 games, he has 283 runs at an average of 31.44 with a top score of an unbeaten 79.