Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore would face each other this Wednesday in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). It is a must-win match for both top teams, as they want to be in the top two in the points table.
That gives them at least two opportunities to make it to the final of the competition. With some good cricket being played, they will want to ensure that.
Mumbai Indians are leading the points table in IPL 2020. They suffered a loss against Rajasthan Royals in the last match. Skipper Rohit Sharma missed the last two games. So there may be concern about his fitness. Replacement batsman Saurabh Tiwari played good in these two games. New opener Ishan Kishan played well in these games. Hardik Pandya is in his best form in this season of IPL. He smashed 60 runs off just 21 balls in the same game.
Speedster Trent Boult and James Pattinson are bowling well in tandem. Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah bowling economical in death overs. Spinner Rahul Chahar is taking wickets in every game. The playoff race of this season is getting intense as the top three teams Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and Royals Challengers Bangalore were defeated by Kings XI Punjab recently. Mumbai Indians would hope to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore to seal the place in the playoff.
Royals Challengers Bangalore
Royals Challengers Bangalore are ranked at the third position in the points table. They suffered a loss against Chennai Super Kings and dropped two vital points. Indian speedster Navdeep Saini is injured in the last game. There are doubts about his inclusion in the Royals Challengers Bangalore team for this game.
Sri Lankan pacer Usuru Udana or Umesh Yadav can replace Saini in eleven. Skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are consistent in this season of IPL. Speedsters Chris Morris and Mohammed Siraj are bowling well in this season of IPL. The main spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is taking wickets in every game for his team.Form of Aussie batsman Aaron Finch is a thing of concern for Royal Challengers Bangalore management. Middle-order batsman Moin Ali would wish to make an impact in this game. Royal Challengers Bangalore would hope to defeat Mumbai Indians to qualify for playoffs.
These two teams played against each other 20 times in the last ten years, Mumbai Indians won 13 times and Royal Challengers Bangalore won the remaining seven games.
Mumbai Indians are more likely to win this match as the middle order of Royal Challengers Bangalore is brittle but it will be a close fight.
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Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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