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IPL 2021: 3 player battles to watch out for in MI vs RCB

April 9, 2021

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Durba

In the opening match of IPL 2021, Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with defending champions Mumbai Indians. Virat Kohli’s side will look to clinch their 1st IPL trophy this season. Rohit Sharma and co will look to claim a record 6th IPL title this season. With both sides having some world-class talents, the opening match will surely set the tone for things to come. Here is a list of 3 player battles to watch out for in the 1st match of IPL 2021:

Rohit Sharma vs Kylie Jamieson

One of the most awaited player battles will be between MI captain Rohit Sharma and new RCB recruit Kylie Jamieson. Sharma isn’t the best player of a slower delivery. Hence, he could face trouble playing against Jamieson. However, the odds are in Rohit’s favor due to his experience playing in the T20 League. A lot will be expected from the New Zealand cricketer, who was brought in at 15 cr. If Jamieson wants to justify his price tag, scalping Rohit's wicket just might be the start Jamieson needs. 

Virat Kohli vs Trent Boult

This will be another exciting player battle to watch out for in IPL 2021. To date, Trent Boult has got the better of Virat Kolhi on a total of 6 occasions. The RCB skipper usually struggles against left-arm pacers, including Trent Boult himself. With Virat Kohli set to open for RCB this year, we could see these 2 players collide often this season. Kohli will be itching to score 500+ runs in the IPL this year. Meanwhile, Boult finished IPL 2020 as the 3rd highest wicket-taker. The New Zealand cricketer will want to take things up a notch and vie for the purple cap in the IPL this season. 

Glenn Maxwell vs Rahul Chahar 

Glenn Maxwell will look to bounce back after a dismal outing in the IPL last season. In 13 games, the Australian managed to put up only 108 runs last season. After being signed by RCB for a whopping 14.25 cr, a lot will be expected from the Australian allrounder. Maxwell has struggled against spin in the past. Hence, MI captain Rohit Sharma will look to fully exploit Maxwell’s weakness with the help of Rahul Chahar. In 15 matches, Chahar scalped 15 wickets in IPL 2020. The spin bowler will fancy himself to get the better of Maxwell this year.

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Written By,

Durba