IPL: MI's road to redemption begins against RCB
BENGALURU: Less than 10 days ago, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were busy strategising against Australia. On Sunday, the two Indian batting icons will come up against each other as Royal Challengers Bangalore begin their IPL campaign at home against Mumbai Indians.
RCB, who play a clutch of matches at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in the first four weeks of the competition, will be keen to cash in on the home advantage and set the tone for the season.
On the other hand, Mumbai, who had a forgettable 2022, finishing at the bottom of the pile, will draw inspiration from their excellent track record at this high-scoring venue. They have outplayed the hosts in eight of their 10 contests here. However, RCB have won three of their last five encounters.
In terms of team structure, Mumbai, who lost eight consecutive matches before finding their footing in the previous season, will rely on their Indian talent, while RCB will bank on their overseas strength. Skipper Rohit leads the batting assembly which includes Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Thilak Varma.
On the other hand, Kohli and Dinesh Karthik form the fulcrum of the Indian batters for RCB. In the absence of an injured Rajat Patidar, who had a breakaway 2022 season, Anuj Rawat and Suyash Prabhudessai will have to step up alongside Mahipal Lomror.
Where RCB have an edge over MI is probably their bowling attack. Weakened by the absence of pacer Jasprit Bumrah, Englishman Jofra Archer will lead the pace attack, with seasoned campaigner Piyush Chawla being the frontline spinner.
Royal Challengers Bangalore lock horns against Mumbai Indians
Glenn Maxwell’s return to action following a freak accident augurs well for the home side as does the form of captain Faf du Plessis. With Josh Hazlewood likely to join the team only after the halfway mark, the role of Reece Topley will be crucial.
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Traditionally, RCB’s left-arm pacers have had a good run on home turf and the England fast bowler will look to emulate his predecessor. He will be joined by Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel.
With leggie Wanindu Hasaranga yet to join the squad, new entrant Michael Bracewell could make his debut for the Bengaluru-based franchise as the fourth overseas player. Shahbaz Ahmed will be the other spin option.
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