Baidurjo and Arnab: Mumbai Indians have won the toss and will bowl first. Lasith Malinga is out and Southee comes in. For RCB, Watson misses out and Gayle comes in. Samuel Badree is also in, most likely for Stanlake.
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Baidurjo: I would also like to see Watson missing out.
Likely Playing XI: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary
Arnab: I wouldn't be too surprised if Southee comes in for McClenaghan.
My Likely Playing XI: Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Baidurjo: Yes, both teams have quality batsmen and equally good bowlers. So let the best team come out victorious here. But Arnab, what is your likely playing XI? Any changes? After all, Rohit Sharma is not known to toy much with winning combinations.
Arnab: Yes, the Chinnaswamy is a batsman's dream, but then, MI have their own set of hitters in Jos Buttler, strike rate of 153.84, Nitish Rana, strikes at 138.70, Parthiv Patel strikes at 135.38 and Hardik Pandya strikes at 227.58. Not to forget his brother Krunal who hits it at 233.33. Kieron Pollard is not even in the zone yet. So RCB better watch out.
Baidurjo: All those economy rates could go for a toss at the Chinnaswamy because it is a batting paradise and while skipper Kohli is back, scored at 152.03 last season over 16 games, Kedar has been scoring at a strike rate of 177.19 and AB is back with a strike rate of 193.47. To think that three of the 4 highest individual scores have come at RCB's home ground also makes it clear that it is a paradise for batsmen.
Arnab: Yes, Gayle has been a force to reckon with undoubtedly over the years, but MI have the bowling to restrict the likes of Gayle, de Villiers and Kohli. While Bumrah has once again been brilliant with the ball, picking 4 wickets in 3 games at an economy rate of 7.66, even old warhorse Lasith Malinga is slowly warming up. He has picked 3 wickets in 2 games at an economy rate of 8.25.
But the most impressive has been Krunal Pandey. While he has picked just 3 wickets in 3 games, it has been his economy rate of 8.14 that has impressed all, especially because he has bowled even in the powerplay.
Baidurjo: If momentum is in MI's favour, the fact that RCB have been bolstered by the return of AB de Villiers in the last game and Kohli in this game will give them a balanced look. Also, I wouldn't be too surprised if Watson misses out this game and Gayle makes a return to the team. He is 25 runs away from scoring 10,000 runs in T20 cricket and that clearly shows the kind of impact he has had in the shortest format.
Arnab: Clearly the debate over numbers can go on forever, but it is interesting to note that Mumbai Indians are currently high on confidence having beaten defending champions SRH by 4 wickets in their last game. It definitely stands them in good stead. Also, most importantly wicket-keeping opener Parthiv Patel is back among the runs after a lean trot in the IPL. That would be another booster for the Mumbai outfit as the middle-order is already firing.
Baidurjo: Arnab we need to get over the numbers game because clearly numbers are heavily in RCB's favour today. The man returning to lead the team has scored 1763 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Also, his strike bowler, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has picked 31 wickets at home and AB de Villiers returned to the playing XI in the last game, has the highest score by a player against the Mumbai Indians in the IPL - 133*.
Arnab: Continuing with numbers, Rohit has managed to win 4 out of the last 6 games against RCB. Also, his strike bowler Lasith Malinga has an economy rate of 6.70 which is the highest for current pacers playing in the tournament. Not to forget Harbhajan Singh. He has been on a roll since coming back into the team after being dropped for the first game and has conceded just 50 runs off the 48 balls that he has bowled, at an economy of just 6.25.
Baidurjo: Since you are talking of numbers, let me tell you that RCB have also won 4 of the last 5 games that they have played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. The loss came against SRH in the final of last year's tournament. Even this year, the only win they have registered so far came at home against Delhi Daredevils so this is a happy hunting ground for them as well and they would definitely want to prove their record against MI wrong.
Arnab: Anyone who does not realise the importance of Kohli coming into the side would be a fool. But then, cricket is a team sport and if you go by passed records. MI have won 6 out of the 7 games that they have played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Which also means that RCB have a win percentage of just 14.29 against MI at home. Not too many teams can boast of such a good away record.
Baidurjo: I hope you realise that VIRAT KOHLI is back. No momentum and no prayers will work for MI when Kohli is in the middle. He finished the last IPL with 973 runs and 4 centuries. And he will be itching to go today after missing the first three games due to the injured shoulder. Not to forget, he single-handedly took RCB into the knockouts last year. And, also hit 38 sixes to show he can clear the field with as much ease as he can pierce the gaps in the field.
Arnab: If only sporting tattoos could get you a place in the Indian team. But enough of joking, coming to the game, I think Mumbai Indians will be going into the game with the momentum. Two wins in the last two games and against two quality sides in KKR and defending champions SRH. MI will feel they have the winning combination going here. Even Parthiv came out of a series of rusty scores in the IPL to score runs in the last game.
Hi! I am Baidurjo, cricket correspondent with Cricketnext, and I have with me Arnab, editor of Cricketnext.
We are starting a little early as we have two matches today and the first match involves none other than RCB and MI. Two teams who have had a history of thrilling encounters in the last 10 years.
I am going with RCB because Virat Kohli is back and there is a tattoo connect between the two of us and Arnab goes with Mumbai Indians, a team which has been on a roll after losing the opener against Pune.
Hello and welcome to the live preview of the blockbuster clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
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The 12th match of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League gets underway in Bengaluru in a while from now and home side Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Mumbai Indians.
We at CricketNext will dissect the upcoming contest through our statistics based analysis where we discuss which team has greater chances of coming out on top.