For Match 39 of IPL 2021, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will meet the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday evening. Both the teams have lost both their matches in the UAE leg this season and would want to strengthen their claim for a playoff berth with a victory.
MI have slipped to the sixth position in the points table with 4 wins and 5 losses in 9 matches; RCB, although remain in the upper half with 5 victories, could slip down from the third slot by the end of the day.
Mumbai have a commanding head-to-head record over RCB with 17 wins while conceding 11 losses. Virat Kohli’s side did, however, defeated Rohit Sharma’s side in the season opener in April. A thriller in Chennai that went down to the last ball, ended with RCB chasing down 160 after Harshal Patel had snapped a five-wicket haul.
AB de Villiers smashed 48 runs off 27 balls in that game. Since 2015, the South African has had a strike rate of 249.40 in death overs against Mumbai Indians; he would be looking to return to his imperious best against the defending champions on Sunday.
IPL 2021, Match 39: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians – Toss Report
Mumbai Indians win the toss and elect to field first against RCB. Hardik Pandya makes a comeback into the MI side while RCB make 3 changes to their playing XI from their last match.
IPL 2021, Match 39: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, Playing XI Details:
RCB Playing XI:
Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, KS Bharat(Wk), Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Daniel Christian, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Nadeem, Yuzvendra Chahal.
MI Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult