IPL 2020, RCB vs MI, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians: Players to Watch Out For
Some of the biggest stars of world cricket will face off in a high-voltage clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI). RCB and Mumbai Indians are led by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two of Indian cricket’s superstars, who will add two more points to their tally after taking the field on Monday. Both teams have played two matches so far and got a mixed bag of results with one win and one defeat. Considered as a slow start, Mumbai Indians lost their opening clash against CSK, but came back strongly after defeating two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their previous match. Virat Kohli’s team started their IPL 2020 with a close win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, but suffered a rock-bottom in their next game after suffering a crushing 97-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab.
With clearly the momentum in his favor and winning head to head stats, Mumbai Indians along with some of T20 cricket’s biggest stars will present a difficult task for the inconsistent RCB.
Having said that, RCB have enough fire power in their ranks despite being underdogs who can win a single-match any day.
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Virat Kohli: The biggest trump card in RCB’s star-studded batting line-up is that of their captain Virat Kohli, who is yet to make it to the party in this year’s IPL. Kohli, the most successful batsman in the history of the tournament, did not run in the field, and would be extra motivated to break those shackles and score big runs for his team. In two matches of this season, Kohli has been able to score only 15 runs.
On top of that he also missed two crucial catches in his last game against KXIP, which cost him dearly. Kohli likes to respond to his critics with the bat, and if he succeeds in facing the fiercest bowling line-up of the defending champions, it will help him send a strong message.
AB de Villiers: The former South African star has been the only bright spot in RCB batting in the tournament so far. Despite this, his 79 runs in two matches is far from his own world class standard and he would love to score a big score to make a strong statement.
He started the tournament with a half-century (51 off 30 balls) against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the second match too, he got the start, scoring 28 runs off 18 balls, but could not convert it into a big score as RCB suffered their biggest defeat ever in IPL 2020. Along with captain Kohli, de Villiers will play the lead role RCB have to bounce back from a disastrous outing against KXIP.
Yuzvendra Chahal: With four wickets in two matches, Chahal started the tournament very brilliantly. He has bowled with great control in both the matches so far and would love to hold pace against his best Pulse Rohit Sharma, with whom he bats a superb.
Apart from taking wickets, Chahal has been very economical, scoring at an impressive economy of 5.37 runs per over. RCB’s bowling attack will be led once again.
Rohit Sharma: After a poor game against Chennai Super Kings in the opening fixture, Rohit Sharma scored 80 off 54 balls, helping Mumbai Indians beat KKR by 49 runs. Rohit Sharma is clicking top, if Mumbai have to become second team after Chennai Super Kings then they will successfully defend their IPL title.
Suryakumar Yadav: Apart from Rohit, Suryakumar Yadav was another highlight of Mumbai Indians batting, as he scored 47 runs in 28 balls before being runout in his previous game vs KKR. If Quinton de Kock flopped at the start of the innings, Suryakumar would have to play the role of anchor once again and lay the foundation for a big total.
Jaspreet Bumrah: In the absence of veteran Lasith Malinga, Jaspreet Bumrah has taken the mantle of leading the Mumbai Indians fast bowling unit, which includes Trent Boult and James Pattinson.
After a simple performance against CSK in the opening match, Bumrah made a strong comeback against KKR, returning with a 2–2 figure. He dismissed two of KKR’s foreign recruit Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell, playing a key role in the comfortable victory of Mumbai Indians.
He will once again have the responsibility of keeping an explosive trio of RCB’s Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Australia’s limited overs captain Aaron Finch.