Last Update on: October 27th, 2020 at 01:50 pm
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) remain one victory away from reaching the playoffs of IPL 2020 which they will do for the first time since 2016. With seven wins from 11 games, RCB remains in the third spot in the points table and are coming off a loss to Chennai Super Kings. Hence, Virat Kohli and co. would be keen to turn it around in the next game.
They will face a formidable Mumbai Indians, who are also in the same boat and have the same win-loss scenario. Even though Mumbai Indians have dominated the Royal Challengers over the years, the latter should take heart from their last encounter. The defending champions suffered defeat in the super over the last time these two sides met. Hence, like the previous time, the clash should once again be exciting.
We take a look at predicted XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of their IPL 2020 game against Mumbai Indians:
Aaron Finch has only one fifty in IPL 2020 and has remained highly inconsistent this year. Against the Chennai Super Kings, Aaron Finch looked quite good, striking three boundaries; however, he top-edged one off Sam Curran. Nevertheless, it was against the Mumbai Indians that Finch produced his half-century; hence, he could come good again.
Devdutt Padikkal has been one of the brightest young talents in IPL 2020, having displayed his hunger for quick run-scoring. For all his promise, Devdutt Padikkal could only score 22 off 21 balls as a fielding brilliance from Faf Du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad led to his departure. The left-hander also mustered a half-century in the last encounter against Mumbai Indians.
Virat Kohli (c):
Virat Kohli battled his way to a 43-ball 50 against Chennai Super Kings under scorching conditions and on a sluggish track. His half-century contained only one four and a six as Faf Du Plessis took a diving catch to prevent another boundary for him. Kohli is third in the list of Orange Cap holders with 415 runs from 11 fixtures.
AB De Villiers (wk):
AB De Villiers looked the most comfortable batsman for RCB against CSK in Dubai, hammering 39 off 36 deliveries with four boundaries. AB De Villiers shared a partnership of 82 runs with Virat Kohli; however, the iconic duo could not entirely raise the tempo. The keeper-batsman perished in the 18th over.
Moeen Ali, who replaced Isuru Udana for the game against CSK, could not make a difference in any of the facet. With the bat, Moeen Ali managed only a single and conceded 17 runs off two overs later. Nevertheless, the England cricketer could keep his place as RCB might opt for an extra batsman in the batting paradise of Abu Dhabi.
Navdeep Saini, whose pace could rattle any opposition in the world, remains doubtful for the clash against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi. All-rounder Shivam Dube, who is an explosive batsman and bowls medium pace, could most likely replace him in the line-up.
All-rounder Chris Morris is having a dream run in IPL 2020 and is a handy batsman down the order. Nevertheless, all Chris Morris could manage was two runs in five deliveries as a yorker from Deepak Chahar got the better of him. With the ball, the seamer managed only one wicket in 3.4 overs while conceding 36 runs.
Gurkeerat Singh, who played handy knocks against Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, remained unbeaten at 2 against Chennai Super Kings. Gurkeerat Singh will most likely retain his spot for the game against Mumbai Indians as he also provides a bowling option.
Washington Sundar was the one to get the Royal Challengers past 140 in the game against CSK as he slammed a boundary in the two balls he faced. With the ball, the off-spinner proved reasonably economical, leaking 27 runs in four overs of which two were boundaries.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers against Chennai Super Kings and was the most economical too. Yuzvendra Chahal removed Ambati Rayudu when he looked extremely dangerous and conceded only 21 runs off his four.
Mohammed Siraj, who was the game-changer against Kolkata Knight Riders, was the most expensive bowler against Chennai Super Kings. Siraj bowled two overs and leaked 29 runs that included three boundaries and two maximums. Nevertheless, he will keep his spot.
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