Indian Super League 2021 Match 1
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – April 9th
Mumbai Indians Core Team:
Five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians are out to dominate unexplored territory as they try and make it a hat-trick of title victories. The Rohit Sharma-led team is perhaps the best side in the competition, with Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav’s duet freshly making their India debuts after a solid showing in the previous season.
Apart from a power-jammed batting roster, Mumbai is home to two of the finest white-ball bowlers globally – Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. With Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar in the spin unit, Mumbai Indians have all the stations contained ahead of the IPL 2021 inaugural game.
Possible playing XI: Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (WK), Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, and Nathan Coulter-Nile/Adam Milne.
Changes For Challengers:
For their rivals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, yet another crusade begins amid high hopes and anticipations, which a couple of big-money recruits has now intensified. Apart from the customary suspects’ AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, the RCB now acquires the explosiveness of true match-winners in the form of Glenn Maxwell and Daniel Christian in the middle-order.
Nevertheless, there are anxieties over their track record in the IPL. While their batting roster looks quite composed, all eyes will be on IPL debutant Kyle Jamieson, who will lead their bowling attack beside the likes of Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj. All in all, RCB look to have a right side in place, adept at going the space in IPL 2021.
Possible playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Mohammed Azharuddeen/ Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar/Suyash Prabudessai, AB de Villiers (WK), Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Daniel Christian, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The inaugural game of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will see the defending champions Mumbai Indians play against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 9th Friday.
The wicket at Chepauk should be a great one to bat on, with some spin accessible off the pitch for the bowlers. The average first innings total in 2019 at this ground was 144.
There should be some swing offered for the new-ball bowlers, who will possibly return to slowing their speed as the game progresses. With humid environments on offer, either team will prefer to chase at this ground upon winning the toss.
The Mumbai Indians are the clear favourites going into the game, owing to their exceptional stability and depth. The defending champions are available at 1.64, while Royal Challengers Bangalore trail behind at 2.15.
Nevertheless, one cannot take a side with AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli lightly. They are key men, but Mumbai will also need to aim for Devdutt Padikkal, who added crucial runs at the top of the order in the last edition. Either way, an entertaining game of T20 cricket summons as IPL action returns to India. With both sides set to boost their campaign with a win on Friday, we are in for a treat.
You may choose to wait for that toss but, cantered solely on the comparative powers of the two teams, we are staking on Mumbai.