Finally, the much awaited cricket festival will begin exactly at 7.30 PM IST in Chennai Chepauk with two Indian Team big guns on each side, Rohit Sharma from Mumbai and Virat Kohli from RCB. IPL is back to its own derby Indian soil after 2019 , with a lot of restrictions in these situations the teams were secured under the bio bubble environment to entertain the fans.
Here in this article we will preview the strength and weakness of the Team and possible strong XI and winning percentage of the Team .
Head to Head Count :
Totally , both teams played 27 matches from that Mumbai Leading the Head to head count by winning 17 matches and other 10 matches won by RCB .
In the previous season ,Both teams won one game on their side from the two matches played in IPL 2020.
Pitch Report & Expected Score :
Mostly , there won’t be much dew in Chennai ground since its hot summer also with the fact that matches will start by 7.30 and it must be ending before 10.30 . We might expect around 160-170 scores in Chennai , since it’s a slow pitch and it will favour the spinners who like to turn the ball and beat the batsmans in the air .
Mumbai Indians Preview :
First , we are going to see the defending champions Mumbai Indians, the players from these teams were at their peak form ,each player are match winners in their previous year IPL , they would like to continue their same in this edition also , obviously this is an Odd year . Mumbai Indians started lifting the trophy in 2013 and their legacy continues till date. Since , Quinton De kock is not available for the first match due to quarantine restrictions, Chris Lynn will be back to his opening spot and Ishan Kishan will be a wicket keeper in this season opener against RCB..
Mumbai Indians strong zone is their batting line up and seamers like Bumrah who has the ability to take wickets at crucial situations .Chepauk might swing with the new ball ,if Boult took the wicket of Virat Kohli within powerplay , Mumbai Indians will control the game to their side .
It’s not their weakness , the spin attack of the Mumbai Indians is quite inexperienced though they picked Chawla into the Team they used to go with Rahul Chahar and Krunal pandya as the spinner, if any of these two failed in the first game . Team will bring back chawla and attack the opposition with three spinners.
Possible Playing XI:(Mumbai Indians)
- Rohit Sharma (Captain)
- Chris Lynn
- Surya Kumar Yadav
- Ishan Kishan(wk)
- Kieron Pollard
- Hardik Pandya
- Krunal Pandya
- Nathan Counter Nile
- Rahul Chahar
- Trent Boult
- Jaspirit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
RCB is one of the strongest teams in IPL, though they don’t have a trophy on their hand their fan base and spirit towards the game was exceptional . In this edition , they picked up a big show who is able to turn the T20 game to his side in chasing the big score.RCB has the powerhouse batting line up of ABD, Maxwell in their side. Team Management had a strong belief in Maxwell and I am sure he has the ability to execute his strength in IPL 2021.Devdutt padikkal recent domestic performances was a big positive for the Team and also Virat will open the game in this entire season .We knew what happened in 2016 when he opened for RCB he scored around 900 plus runs in the single season which was most by any batsman.
RCB strong zone is also batting especially when it comes to chasing the big score, players like Virat , AB, Maxwell are best in this business and their spin attack was the other strong zone since they have leg spinner chahal who came after some forgettable limited over series against England , He will be thumbed up to prove his skill against best T20 side like MI and local boy washington sundar in addition they have comfort zone to use Maxwell as the part time spinner if pitch assist more with spinners.There are some exciting new faces Rajat Patidhar, Muhammed Azharuddin.Personally I am looking forward for these two players to win games for Rcb other than star players winning the game .Mostly,Azharuddeen will be a wicket keeper batsman for RCB.
Since, most of the overseas players will be new except ABD their Team formation in the very first match will be challenging , players like Jamieson will be playing debut season in IPL .Also, their seam bowling attack loom quite expensive and inexperienced , Daniel Christian form will be the key factor for the Team , his death over spell will decide the Team victory for RCB.
Possible Playing XI:(RCB)
- Virat Kohli (captain)
- Devdutt Padikkal
- Mohammed Azharuddeen(wk)
- AB De Villiers
- Glenn Maxwell
- Washington Sundar
- Daniel Christian
- Kyle Jamieson
- Navdeep Saini
- Mohammed Siraj
- Yuzvendra Chahal
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