MI vs RCB Live in IPL 2021 – Virat Kohli, Washington Sundar open for RCB in modest 160-run chase: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl first came to fruition as bowlers helped RCB restrict Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians to 159 in the 1st match of the IPL 2021. The credit goes to Harshal Patel, who bagged a five-wicket haul after Chris Lynn scored 49 for MI.
That means young Mohammed Azharuddeen will have to wait for his chance even though Devdutt Padikkal has been ruled out for the match. As for Mumbai Indians, Quinton de Kock is still in quarantine. Hence, he makes way for Chris Lynn.
On a rather slow pitch, RCB bowlers were off to a good start, keeping it tight. For Mumbai, despite two boundaries, they lost Hitman Rohit Sharma early in the 4th over. But Chris Lynn, returning to MI squad after sitting out the entire IPL 2020 campaign, was on song. His 49-run knock, laced with 4 fours and 3 sixes, at a time looked dangerous for RCB.
However, Kyle Jamieson brought RCB back into the game with three good overs on debut. As Suryakumar Yadav started building on his good start, Jamieson scalped him soon. MI soon lost Lynn and Hardik Pandya, making it difficult to post a big total. In the end, it was Harshal Patel’s fantastic spell of 4-0-27-5 that helped RCB restrict Mumbai for 159/9 in 20 overs. It was also the first fifer for any bowler against Mumbai Indians.
MI vs RCB Live: 10/0 (1 ovs); Need 160
|Washington Sundar||Not out||3||5||0||0||60.00|
|Virat Kohli (C)||Not out||4||2||1||0||200.00|
|Extra||5 (b 0, w 5, nb 0, lb 0)|
|Yet To Bat||RM Patidar, AB de Villiers, GJ Maxwell, DT Christian, Mohammed Siraj, HV Patel, YS Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, KA Jamieson|
MI vs RCB Live: 159/9 (20 ovs)
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said: “The entire square has been changed. Recently played a couple of Tests. Need to do what we do as a team, put our best foot forward. For us it’s a fresh year, don’t need to look at what’s happened in the past. Fresh year, new faces as well. Important for us to start well which we haven’t done in this tournament. The last game we played was a final in Dubai. Got only two changes from that lineup.”
MI vs RCB Live Playing XI:
Mumbai Indians Playing – MI Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore – RCB Playing XI: Virat Kohli (captain), Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
MI will be without their start overseas opener Quinton de Kock as he is still in quarantine. In all possibility, they will pick Chris Lynn as his replacement. Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult will once again spearhead Mumbai’s pace battery, while Piyush Chawla is likely to make his debut for the five-time champions.
RCB, on the other hand, will also miss their young prospect and opener Devdutt Padikkal, who recently recovered from Covid-19. Kohli will have to choose between Finn Allen and Mohammed Azharuddeen as his opening partner for the match.
MI vs RCB Live in IPL 2021: Pitch Report:
Toss will be a factor as dew will be a factor once again. The advantage will be to the team who bats first.
MI vs RCB Live in IPL 2021 – Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma: Form Guide
Last 5 matches at Chepauk
Mumbai Indians: W, W, W, W, W
Royal Challengers Bangalore: L, L, L, L, L,
Here’s the MI Squad for IPL 2021:
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
Here’s the RCB squad for IPL 2021
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat