Abu Dhabi, October 28: Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore look to seal play-off spot when they clash in Match 48 of IPL 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (October 28).
Both teams are coming into Wednesday’s clash on the back of losses as MI suffered a 8-wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals in their recent outing, while RCB come into the game fresh off a loss against Chennai Super Kings.
RCB and MI have won 7 of 11 games and need at least a win to make a strong claim for a play-off spot. Virat Kohli’s men have a slight advantage coming into tonight’s match as they claimed a win in the reverse fixture, which ended in a Super Over-thriller in Dubai.
There is a cloud over MI skipper Rohit Sharma’s availabilty and in his absence Kieron Pollard is set to step up as captain once again. RCB, meanwhile, sweat on Navdeep Saini’s fitness.
Here mykhel brings you updates of Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore:
And here is how RCB lineup: Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe (wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Dale Steyn, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Here is MI’ playing XI: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
As for team news, Mumbai remain unchanged from the last match, while RCB make three changes as Josh Philippe, Dale Steyn and Shivam Dube come in for Aaron Finch, Navdeep Saini and Moeen Ali.
Mumbai Indians skipper Kieron Pollard wins the toss and elects to field first against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Toss time in Abu Dhabi and it’s Kieron Pollard, who is out representing Mumbai Indians, meaning Rohit Sharma misses third game in a row.
Pitch Report: JP Dumminy and Darren Ganga say the wicket is still good for batting, but the latter says the pacers need to watch their speeds when they are looking to bowl defensively.
Although Abu Dhabi has been a happy hunting ground for Mumbai Indians, RCB will have good memories from their last outing at the venue, where they restricted KKR to the lowest total in IPL 2020.
Last time Abu Dhabi hosted a match, Rajasthan Royals chased down a huge target posted by Mumbai Indians. So, what will the captains choose in case they win the toss? We’ll soon find out as the toss is just minutes away.
It’s very likely that Kieron Pollard leads Mumbai Indians tonight as Rohit Sharma may be rested for the third game in a row. Whoever captains the team will be known at the toss, which is just an hour away.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 28, 2020
There is also a cloud over Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma’s availability after he missed the last two matches due to a hamstring issue. He was also omitted from the Indian team which is set to tour Australia next month owing to his injury.
The last time these two sides met, we witnessed a Super Over thriller in Dubai and the star of the match was RCB’s Navdeep Saini. But will he play today as there were reports earlier this week stating he could miss the game?
Super bowler to bowl the super over. One of the architects of RCB’s super over win, giving away just the 7️⃣ runs under immense pressure! 🔝 🎯 @navdeepsaini96#PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers #Dream11IPL #MIvRCB pic.twitter.com/KL8fvE196W
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 28, 2020
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