Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will battle it out in Match 39 of the Indian Premier League. The former was completely dominated by KKR in their first match of the UAE leg as they were wrapped up for 92. However, in the next match against CSK, the team got off to a flying start with both the openers, Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal going all guns blazing. But eventually, they lost the momentum and had to face defeat.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have also lost both their matches of the second half of the tournament. MI’s batting line-up struggled in both their matches. Against Chennai, they were unable to chase a total of 157. Whereas when they were up against KKR, they managed to put 155 onboard which KKR chased down comfortably.
This match would thus be a pivotal one for both the teams to get back to winning ways. The race of qualifying for the play-offs has already been heated and every match from here will be important for the sides. Both Mumbai and Bangalore are two strong teams and it would be an intriguing contest to watch out for the cricket onlookers.
Both spinners and pacers are expected to get equal assistance from the surface. The long boundaries of the Dubai International Cricket Stadium might make it a bit difficult for batters to score quick runs. On winning the toss, opting to bat first can be a good alternative.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, Srikar Bharat (wk), Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
The skipper of the side put up a good show with the bat against Chennai. He looked in fine form as he brought the attacking game to the fore. Kohli scored a half-century which included as many as six fours and a six. He will be determined to perform for the side and lead his team to victory.
RCB has a strong batting lineup that can pose threat to the strongest of the opposition. Thus, Bumrah’s role will be crucial in providing MI with important breakthroughs. The pacer has been skipper Rohit Sharma’s go-to man and will have a lot of hopes pinned on him to perform for the side. The speedster has scalped 11 wickets in the tournament so far.