The 7th game of the IPL 2019 will see the Mumbai Indians visiting the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on 28th March 2019.
Both the teams had a dreadful start to their Vivo IPL 2019 campaign. RCB faced the defending Champions CSK in their opener and were bowled out for just 70 runs. MI, on the other hand, suffered a defeat at the hands of the Delhi Capitals after an impressive knock of 78 by the young gun, Rishabh Pant.
A high scoring match is expected tonight as the pitch is a heaven for the Batsmen and the boundaries are small at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium which gives an added advantage. Both the teams would battle tonight to seal their first win of the season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
From losing the toss to a blowout defeat, everything went wrong for Virat Kohli and the RCB in the last game. CSK’s spinning attack was at their best and restricted Bangalore to just 70 runs on the night. The star studded lineup failed to perform with the bat or the ball.
It will be too early to make any significant changes to the side for the 2nd match.
RCB probable XI:
Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Moen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini.
Mumbai Indians had a slow start to the season, and their bowling lineup needs some extra attention.
Lasith Malinga has been declared fit by the Srilankan Cricket Board, but his return date is not sure. Jasprit Bumrah was also seen practising at nets after a shoulder injury in the previous match. Both these bowlers are an essential part of the bowling unit, and Mumbai will be relying heavily on them going ahead.
With Yuvraj also finding his knack, MI will be looking to dominate tonight.
MI probable XI:
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Yuvraj Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenghan, Jasprit Bumrah
Dream XI Predictions:
- Wicket-Keeper: Parthiv Patel
- Batsmen: Virat Kohli(VC), Rohit Sharma(C), AB de Villiers, Suryakumar Yadav
- All rounders: Krunal Pandya, Moeen Ali
- Bowlers: Mitchell McClenghan, Rasikh Salam, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
RCB has big names in the squad, but all of them underperformed in their last fixture. The only advantage they have is the home crowd which will provide them with a speck of much-needed confidence.
MI, on the other hand, need to figure out their bowling issues but their batting, for now, looks decent. They have an upper hand tonight.
I expect a big knock from Sharma tonight with Mumbai taking this one home.
MI to beat RCB