Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah might not play against Royal Challengers Bangalore as he suffered from a shoulder injury during a match against Delhi Capitals. The team management have said that if Bumrah is not feeling well after the practice session we might not play him. However, there is a good news for Mumbai Indians fans as Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga is back with the team.
Both teams are yet to open their account this season. RCB got off to a rough start, being dismissed for 70 in the season opening fixture in Chennai. Despite posting a low total, RCB still put up a fight – though the flawed selections for the conditions meant they just didn’t have enough ammunition to finish the job.
MI was blown away by Rishabh Pant in their opener against the Delhi Capitals. After conceding 213 runs, MI needed one of their own to wreak havoc like Pant did; that wasn’t to be as MI lost wickets in clusters. Yuvraj Singh top-scored in MI’s chase; he applied well and made 53 in his maiden innings for the franchise.
MI had a few anxious moments when Jasprit Bumrah injured his shoulder at the end of the DC innings. Reports emerging from the MI camp have indicated that the injury isn’t serious and that he is recovering, he hit the nets on the eve of the match, but there’s a good chance though he will not be risked in this match and will be given time to recover completely. MI have been boosted by Lasith Malinga becoming available; if he joins up with the team in time, he could fill in for Bumrah, which will then force MI to bring in Mayank Markande in place of Ben Cutting.
No two batsmen have scored more runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium than Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. The two batsmen have been the core of RCB’s batting line-up for years, and they continue to be the most important names in the teamsheet in VIVO IPL 2019. Both batsmen started the season poorly; both bagged single-digit scores in the season opener, dismissed in identical fashion – and will want to make amends. Also keep an eye on Shimron Hetmyer, who could find the surface and the short boundaries at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to his liking.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rasikh Salam, Jasprit Bumrah/Lasith Malinga.