Dubai: The two legendary batsmen of the world, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will face each other on Monday when the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 clash at the Dubai International Stadium. This match is likely to be quite exciting as on one hand IPL's most successful captain Rohit Sharma is leading Mumbai Indians and on the other side Royal Challengers are playing under the leadership of Indian team's most successful captain Virat Kohli.
Skipper Kohli-led RCB team would like to overcome their fast bowling shortcomings in the upcoming match. RCB started the tournament with a win but their batting against Kings XI Punjab shattered like cards and the team had to face a crushing defeat of 97 runs.
Captain Kohli has failed to play big innings (14 and 1 run) in both his matches played so far and he would like to spend some time on the pitch in this match. Opener Devdutt Padyakkal started his IPL career with a brilliant half-century, but he could not do much against Kings XI Punjab. This young batsman will try to maintain consistency.
Australia's limited-overs captain Aaron Finch would like to convert his innings into match-winning performances, while the same veteran AB de Villiers looks in great rhythm. The lower order of the team is not as strong and it is expected that de Villiers will fill this shortfall by putting big shots in the overs of Akhiri.
It is not clear whether South African all-rounder Chris Maurice will be available for selection due to a hamstring injury. In bowling, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has managed to leave an impact, while in fast bowling, apart from Navdeep Saini, the other bowlers have not been able to stop the run. Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav have proved expensive so far. This great South African player is expected to get a place in the final 11 but Mohammad Siraj can be replaced in place of Yadav.
England's all-rounder Moeen Ali is a great option for the middle order but due to Josh Philip's regular wicketkeeping, he can join the team instead of Dale Steyn.
Mumbai Indians, led by India's limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, have made a comeback after losing the first match. The team performed brilliantly against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Rohit's rhythm in this match and Suryakumar Yadav's great batting is a positive aspect for the team.
One change that the team can make in the final 11 is a chance for Ishan Kishan to replace Sourav Tiwari.
In bowling too, Hardik Pandya and Kiron Pollard are good options but coach Mahela Jayawardene has made it clear that he does not want to take any risk by bowling to Hardik who is returning after a long time.
Jasprit Bumrah, who had an average performance against Chennai, is relieved by a comeback against KKR. James Pattinson and Tret Bolt are also in rhythm.
Both pobables teams:-
RCB: Aaron Finch, Devadatta Padikkal, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Mann, Shivam Dubey, Chris Maurice, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Isuru Udana, Moin Ali, Josh Phillip, Pawan Negi, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Suchit Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattison, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McLeanagan. , Mohsin Khan, Nathan Kuplter Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quintone de Cock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Sherfen Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.