Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be eyeing a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs as Rohit Sharma is expected to be ruled out of the third match due to injury. Mumbai suffered an eight-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals in the previous match. He has 14 digits. Virat Kohli-led RCB also have 14 points. He too suffered a loss to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. Whichever team wins on Wednesday will secure a place in the playoffs.
Rohit’s fitness has become a topic of discussion before this match. He did not play the last two matches due to a hamstring injury. The captain of the Mumbai Indians practiced at the nets on Monday. Incidentally, he was not picked in the squad for the tour of Australia on the same day. No clear statement has been issued by the Mumbai Indians or the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) about his fitness.
In Rohit’s absence, Mumbai will have to show confidence in Saurabh Tiwari and Ishaan Kishan. Quinton Dickock (374 runs) had failed against Rajasthan and would be desperate to make an impact. Kishan (298 runs) and Suryakumar Yadav (283 runs) are his other batsmen who have made significant contributions so far. Hardik Pandya showed his ability to play long shots against Rajasthan by hitting seven sixes. Apart from Hardik, the acting captain Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya are the players in the team who specialize in long shots and can make a difference between the two teams.
The Mumbai bowlers would like to forget the previous match and start afresh. In the last match, they did not have a single against Rajasthan’s Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson. Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah have handled the bowling department front well so far. Together, they have taken 33 wickets. For the third fast bowler, Mumbai will have to choose between James Pattinson and Nathan Culper Nile.
For RCB, skipper Kohli (415 runs) would like to continue his superb form. Australian Aaron Finch (236 runs), young Devadatta Padikkal (343 runs) and AB de Villiers (324 runs) need to show more consistency. If all the RCB top-order batsmen contribute, then the opposing team may be in trouble. Chris Maurice, Moeen Ali and Gurkeerat Mann can also contribute significantly in the lower middle order.
But RCB team is worried about bowling department due to injury of Navdeep Saini. The situation is not clear about Saini playing in the match against Mumbai. If he does not play, besides Maurice and Mohammed Siraj, the responsibility of Isuru Udana will also increase.
Possible playing XI of both teams
Playing XI of Mumbai Indians: Saurabh Tiwari, Quinton Dickock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jaspreet Bumrah.
Playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padiqkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Moin Ali, Gurkeerat Man Singh, Chris Maurice, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mumbai Indians Full Squad: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh,
Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattinson, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McLennan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Kulper Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton Dickock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Sherfen Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Bolt.
Royal Challengers Banglore Full Squad: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Gurkirat Singh,
Shivam Dubey, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Jampa, Isuru Udana, Moin Ali, Josh Philip, Pawan Negi, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time