5-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on the first match of IPL 2021. It will be held in MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on April 9, 2021, Friday.
Will history repeat itself?
Mumbai Indians have a previous record of losing every single of their first matches in IPL. They have lost most of their opening games since 2013. For the last 8 straight years, this has been normal. But they will be in sheer desperation to change that record without any doubt.
RCB was bowled out for laughable 70 runs when they last played in Chennai. The wicket looks a lot better this time though. Virat’s playing 11 would look to play with caution and try to get their first victory of the season.
Let us dive deep into the RCB vs MI Toss Bhavishyavani.
RCB vs MI Match History
Till 2021, MI and RCB have faced each other in IPL in 29 matches. In these 29 matches, MI won 19, and RCB has won 10. They didn’t have a single tie or a match with no result.
Pitch, the most important factor for RCB vs MI Toss Bhavishyavani
The pitches in Chennai are beneficial for spinners usually. Chennai Super Kings’ spinners have ruled at this venue in the past years. But it’s the start of the season and there might be a lack in turn. It might still be slow with a noticeable lack of bounce. Anything above 150 might prove to be an absolute struggle to compete within a sluggish wicket.
The Predicted Playing 11
Devdutt Padikkal or Rajat Patidar, Virat Kohli (Captain), AB De Villiers, Mohammed Azharuddeen (Wicket Keeper), Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj or Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma (Captain), Suryakuma Yadav, Ishan Kishan (Wicket Keeper), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile or Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah.
For RCB, Devdutt Padikkal might open with captain Virat Kohli. Maxwell might go down at no. 4 or 5, depending on Mohammed Azharudeen. Azharudeen is also likely to be the wicketkeeper for RCB.
On the other hand, Dan Christian and Kyle Jamieson could be among the other foreign players in the RCB playing XI. Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini will probably be the team’s two Indian pacers. Although Shahbaz Ahmed might be the other option to give them an extra spin-bowling option.
On the MI front, Chris Lynn might be at the top of the order for MI instead of Quinton De Kock. Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, and Nathan Coulter-Nile could be the three other choices for foreign players from the MI team. They might also field Piyush Chawla instead of Nathan Coulter-Nile. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard might be seen bowling a few overs as well.
RCB vs MI Toss Bhavishyavani
Observing all the stats and current conditions of teams, MI is most likely to win the first match of the season.
Whatever the RCB vs MI Toss Bhavishyavani might be, whichever team wins, we are guaranteed to have an awesome match. It will be full of excitement and some mind-boggling plays without any doubt.