Monday’s are always boring but not when the Indian Premier League (IPL) is underway. A big game awaits today as Royal Challengers Bangalore lock horns with Mumbai Indians at Dubai International Stadium. We bring you today’s match prediction from the game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
Bangalore will have bigger holes to fill coming into this game. With all-rounder, Chris Morris out of action owing to a side strain, the job becomes more difficult. AB de Villiers practising wicket-keeping drill one day before the game prompts that Bangalore might make a change in their overseas cricketers.
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Joshua Phillipe, who has played only five balls across two innings for 1 run is likely to sit out in favour of Moeen Ali. The English all-rounder brings in a heft of experience and against Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya – Mumbai’s spinner, he can be a crafty option.
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However, their bowling still remains an unsolved puzzle with veteran Dale Steyn completely out of socks. With less game time under his belt, the magician looks like has lost the zip in him. Bangalore will rely on Yuzvendra Chahal and all-rounder Washington Sundar to deliver the goods.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians will be in a good head space after their win against Kolkata Knight Riders. With skipper Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock performing, Chris Lynn continues to warm the benches. However, they might ponder bringing in Nathan Coulter-Nile, if he has completely recovered from the niggle to add depth in the batting.
IPL 2020: Match 10, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians on September 28 (Monday) at Dubai International Stadium
The dew factor has been one of the most debated topics since the league has begun but the teams batting first, have won on maximum occasions. RCB have played two of their games here which might give them a fair idea of the wicket.
However, the temperatures, which will be around 40 degrees Celsius, will keep the players thinking.
Predicted Playing XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Joshua Philippe/Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana/Dale Steyn, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav/Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Trent Boult, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians – Match Prediction
Defending champions have had a greater dominance over Virat Kohli-led Bangalore with 16 wins as compared to Bangalore’s nine. On top of it, Mumbai seven of the last eight encounters between the sides since IPL 2016.
Although both teams look solid on o paper, Mumbai Indians hold the edge with their all bases covered.