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IPL 2019, Match 31- MI Vs RCB, Preview: Battered Mumbai Ready To Welcome Ecstatic Bangalore

After two appealing double-header days, the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 carnival once again transits to normalization. In the 31st match of the enthralling season, the Mumbai Indians (MI) are all set to host the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 15. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results in their respective previous outings.

The Rohit Sharma-led team are arriving off a heartening four-wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals (RR), while the Royal Challengers have finally broken their six-game losing streak and are off to winning ways. However, there was a whole lot of drama unfolded when these two teams met earlier in the tournament. Amidst the massive no-ball controversy, Mumbai Indians eventually went on to register a sensational six-run victory.

MI’s backstory

After witnessing three brilliant victories, the Rohit Sharma-led team came in the way of a Jos Buttler-blitzkrieg in the previous game. The same old middle-order problems are coming to haunt the three-time champions in every next game. The pair of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock has been consistently providing some solid opening platforms, but the middle-order batters are not able to hold on the momentum. The likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan desperately need to contribute with their highest of abilities.

Barring the last match, the MI bowlers have done really well thus far in the season. Both the spinners and the fast bowlers will be expected to keep up the impressive work in the upcoming matches as well.

RCB’s backstory

Even after coming back to winning ways with a sensational 8-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), the RCB team management still have a lot of things to settle out in order to extend this winning momentum further. Just like Mumbai, RCB too are struggling to find definite solutions for their middle-order woes. The dependency on the heavyweight likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers has clearly been evident in majority of the games played this season. The onus and the eyes will be on the trio of Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis and Akshdeep Nath to come to the forth on consistent basis.

The struggling form of the fast bowlers has piled on to the miseries especially during the death overs stage. Nonetheless, now with a win on their back, the pacers would be hoping to put forward an improved performance in the upcoming games of the tournament.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

MI

RCB

Overall (26)

17

9

At the Wankhede Stadium (8)

5

3

Mumbai Indians’ likely Playing XI

The in-form opening duo comprising of skipper Rohit Sharma and keeper batsman Quinton de Kock will open the batting. Suryakumar Yadav will come in at three, while Ishan Kishan will take up the No.4 slot and both of them will have to somehow find their last year’s scintillating exploits in order to hold on to their respective positions in the side. The trio of Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya will come forth to the crease in accordance with situation of the game.

Alzarri Joseph conceded a massive shoulder injury in the last game against Rajasthan and thus, he will make way for Lasith Malinga. The Lankan fast bowler will partner with Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya in the pace bowling attack, while Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar will take care of the spin bowling duties.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s likely Playing XI

RCB have no major reasons to tinker with the winning combination from the previous game and they are also likely to retain their bold decision to play with only three overseas players. The pair of Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel will once again take the guards as the two openers in this game as well. AB de Villiers will head the middle-order which will also include the likes of Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis and Akshdeep Nath.

The pace bowling trio of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini will have the huge task of coming good both at the start as well as during the death. Yuzvendra Chahal will take care of the spin bowling department along with Moeen Ali and Pawan Negi.

Probable XI: Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini.

Match Timings- 8:00 pm IST and local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD.