All-time meetings: Royal Challengers Bangalore W4, Mumbai Indians W8 Last meeting: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 14 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Coach: Gary Kirsten
Captain: Virat Kohli
After the dismal defeat in the first match of IPL 2019 where they were bowled out for just 70 runs in Chennai against the Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to raise their performance significantly in front of their home fans and kick-start their campaign.
Their options to change the team around in terms of their overseas players is limited while Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile are on international duty with Australia and although Tim Southee is available, he is unlikely to come into the side as it is the batting that needs an upgrade arguably.
They may contemplate moving Moeen Ali up the order to open the batting and enable skipper Virat Kohli to drop to number three and changes to the batting order seem more likely than changes in personnel for this match.
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai Indians got off to a poor start similar to their opponents as Delhi Capitals walloped 213/6 from their 20 overs in their match on Sunday and they fell 37 runs short in their chase as they were never really in the game after that total had been posted against their bowling unit.
Following the conclusion of the Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, Lasith Malinga has been released from international duty and arrived in India on Wednesday and despite any potential fatigue, there is a good chance the pace bowler could come straight into the side for either Ben Cutting or possibly Mitch McClenaghan.
There was major concern over the fitness of star bowler Jasprit Bumrah who was holding his shoulder after the final ball of the Indians’ first match but he trained fine on Wednesday and will be available to play here unless they leave him out as a precaution.
Bangalore hosts a fascinating match-up here between two teams that suffered poor defeats in their opening match and are now under pressure to get a win here. The defeat in Chennai for RCB was something of a freak result on a horribly slow pitch so not too much attention should be paid to that. Mumbai struggled on a batting-friendly track to halt the Delhi Capitals in their match and that could be the same issue here. RCB will be confident that this pitch will suit their batting much more and that may give them the edge although this literally is a match that could go either way.
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