MI vs RCB
April 15, 8.00PM IST
RCB finally managed to win their first game of IPL 2019, as they defeated Kings XI Punjab in a convincing manner. Led by the heroics of their stalwarts Ab de Villiers and Virat Kohli, RCB tamed Ashwin’s men in their own den to finally register two points. Mumbai, on the other hand, lost their last game to Rajasthan Royals, as they allowed them to chase down close to 190 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.
This clash between RCB and MI will be held at the same venue – Wankhede – where run-scoring is easy, and bowlers often suffer from a nightmare. With both sides having plenty of big hitters, yet another run-feast can be expected. As far as the playing 11 goes, RCB might go in unchanged after finally getting their combination right, while MI might mull over a few changes. Also, Malinga is once again available for selection as he has flown back from Sri Lanka, but it remains to be seen whether Rohit Sharma picks him.
MI Predicted 11
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Alzarri Joseph, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff/Evin Lewis, Jasprit Bumrah
RCB Predicted 11
Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
Parthiv Patel is chosen over Quinton de Kock here, even though the latter made 81 against RR, as the former comes cheaper, which then allows me to pick players like Kohli, AB de Villiers and the Pandya brothers in my side. The RCB keeper has not fared that badly either – he has amassed more than 150 runs in the tournament, and the batting-friendly conditions will assist him. ABD and Kohli are no-brainers. They have been the stars for RCB over the years and led the team over the line against Punjab. On a flat batting deck, the duo will be the key once again.
Even though Suryakumar is not having the best IPL, he is more than skilled to outperform his contemporaries. Keiron Pollard flopped against RR, but he had scored a match-winning 50 against Punjab in these very conditions, and against a weak bowling attack, the West Indian will fancy his chances. The two Pandya brothers make it to the side without debates. They have either changes games with their heroics with bat or ball season after season, and MI has come to rely on them.
Moeen Ali is preferred here, as he has played a few useful cameos for RCB this season, and if his services are called upon, he could lead the charge once more.
Chahal has been accustomed to bowling on flat tracks – having bowled at Chinnaswamy for more than five years now – while Bumrah keeps things tight and was rewarded with 2 wickets against RR. Rahul Chahar rounds up my Dream11 team.
Captain and Vice-captain: Kohli, AB de Villiers