Mumbai Win This Match
MI: They too made one change in their last game by replacing NCN with James Pattinson. Interestingly, Pattinson was their only wicket-taker in the last game and with Hardik Pandya showing glimpses of his absolute best, there won’t be too much to tinker. If anything, they might bring back NCN just to reopen that 2017 49 all-out wounds (NCN was the Man of the Match in that game).
RCB: They made one change in their last game by bringing in Moeen Ali in place of Isuru Udana. With four left-handers (QDK, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary & Krunal Pandya) in MI’s top 7, they might stick with the same combination. One possible change could be the inclusion of Shivam Dube in place of Gurkeerat, just to add that extra cushion to their bowling department. Also, Navdeep Saini, who split his webbing in the last game may not play tonight . Will that force the inclusion of Udana?
Both teams sit pretty at the top of the table, but given the outcomes of the past week, the race to the play-offs just got heated up with as many as seven teams vying for a spot in the top four. Remember, both these sides lost their last game and there will be immense pressure to deliver. Let’s take a quick look at the possible team combinations for tonight.
16:45 local: It’s one versus two: Plenty of questions around Rohit Sharma’s fitness and when he’d be available to play. Plenty of reports circulating all over social media, some news-worthy and some, proper dross. Without trying to overcook any further, here is a sure-possibility: Rohit Sharma, nursing a hamstring injury, is (highly) unlikely to take part in today’s game. Cricket Betting Tips Need I mention what happened the last time these two sides met in Dubai? Hello and a very warm welcome to game 48. Just a week left to the close of league stages and no team’s qualified to the playoffs. It’s all to play for then as Kohli’s RCB take on the mighty Mumbai Indians and the team that wins has the best possibility of finishing in the top two. Which team are you backing tonight?
Mumbai Indians may be sitting on top of the table, but two defeats in the last three games coupled with the happenings elsewhere in the tournament, have ensured that they aren’t in a comfortable position just yet. What was supposed to be a race for the top two spots by now has turned into a game of survival. At this stage, they still need two more victories in the last three games to rubber-stamp their playoff berth. And meeting them first-up in this race are Royal Challengers Bangalore, the only team MI haven’t defeated in this tournament.
RCB’s situation isn’t too different from MI. if anything, they are slightly worse-placed in this situation – by a margin of 1.16 on NRR to be precise. That’s too much of a catch to do, and hence a victory on Wednesday (October 28) becomes all the more critical for the Virat Kohli-led side.
While Royal Challengers Bangalore may have won both their games in Abu Dhabi so far, it is still the den of the defending champions, who have aced the process of notching up 190+ scores. And batting second didn’t get any tougher as they realised in their loss against Rajasthan Royals in the previous game. Even though MI have lost two out of their four games in the tournament at this venue, they have played the dimensions and the pace better than any other team. It is their last chance in the league phase to make the most of the familiar venue.
Mumbai Indians despite playing only 13 players in the tournament so far, will be hindered by the absence of Rohit Sharma. A lot rides on this game for both teams. The ladder of IPL is crowded at the top and both would look to wrestle away to a lonelier place.
When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 19:30 IST
Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi IPL Betting Tips
What to expect: A 190+ total was chased down with 10 balls to spare in the previous game. However, not every team has managed to score as easily at the venue where boundaries have been hard to come by. The pitches at the venue haven’t slowed down like they have in Sharjah and Dubai. The temperature is expected to hover in the late 20s.
Mumbai Indians:The defending champions may have posted photos of Rohit Sharma in the practicing in the nets on their social media handles but the MI skipper is unlikely to feature in the game against RCB. They won’t fiddle with the XI.
Likely XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah