Royal Challengers Bangalore will face off against Mumbai Indians in the 39th match of the Indian Premier League. The two teams are fighting hard at the top of the IPL table to make it to the playoffs. Things have not looked great for the teams that were doing really well in the first half of the competition. However, they will want to play some good cricket and qualify for the playoffs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
It’s almost like an India’s past vs India’s probable future. Virat Kohli who announced that he will be stepping down as the national team’s T20 captain post World Cup will meet his most likely successor. Bangalore has arguably the most star studded batting on Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. In Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed,Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj, their bowling also looks balanced. However, the team has only come back with success if the entire package has worked. Hopefully, RCB can play some good live cricket.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Christian, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Azharuddeen, George Garton, Suyash Prabhudessai, Tim David, Akash Deep
The five-time IPL champions have to win almost all their games to see a top two finish this season. Their batting goes as deep, in Adam Milne and Trent Boult they have a stunning new ball combination and with Jasprit Bumrah doing his job, the team looks like a winner.
However, it is very important for them to see skipper Rohit Sharma fire. His innings have had a constant and direct relation with the team’s results. If Sharma scores, Mumbai is likely to win.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neeshan, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore have faced each other 28 times in the IPL. Mumbai have won 17 matches while Bangalore have won on 11 occasions.
Rohit Sharma vs Virat Kohli it is. A battle that is likely to attract millions of people. However, looking at the squad balance, Mumbai Indians must emerge victorious against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Date and Time:
September 26, 2021 (Sunday), 7:30 PM IST
Dubai International Stadium, Dubai