Match: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 1, IPL 2021
Date & Time: 9th April 2021, at 7:30 PM IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Match one of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will see the defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.
Owing to the COVID-19 situation, no team will play their group-stage games at home, so it would be interesting how teams adapt and change their strategies accordingly.
The last time RCB played in Chennai, they were bowled out for a paltry 70 runs. While the wicket looks better this time, Virat Kohli’s men would look to exercise caution and try to get their campaign off to a winning start.
RCB have received a much-needed shot in the arm, as Devdutt Padikkal, who had a fabulous IPL 2020 campaign, is likely to be available for selection. He was their highest run-scorer last season but faced the possibility of missing a few games after testing positive for COVID-19.
Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians are out to conquer uncharted territory as they try and make it a hat-trick of title triumphs. The Rohit Sharma-led side are arguably the best team in the competition, with the duo of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan recently making their India debuts after a strong showing in the previous edition. Apart from a power-packed batting unit, Mumbai are home to two of the best white-ball bowlers in the world – Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. With Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya in the spin department, Mumbai Indians have all the bases covered ahead of the IPL 2021 opener.
Chris Lynn could slot in at the top of the order for MI in place of Quinton De Kock.
Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile,and Trent Boult should be the three other overseas picks for MI. However, they could take a page out of CSK’s book and play only three overseas players and field Piyush Chawla instead of Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard could bowl a few overs of pace as well.
For their opponents, Royal Challengers Bangalore, yet another campaign begins amid high hopes and expectations, which have now been compounded by a couple of big-money signings. Apart from the usual suspects Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, the RCB now possess the explosiveness of Glenn Maxwell in the middle-order. However, there are concerns over his record in the IPL. While their batting unit looks quite settled, all eyes will be on IPL debutant Kyle Jamieson, who will lead their bowling attack alongside the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini. All in all, RCB look to have a decent team in place, capable of going the distance in IPL 2021.
The Mumbai Indians are the clear favorites heading into the game, owing to their superior balance and depth. However, one cannot take a team with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers lightly. Either way, a cracking game of T20 cricket beckons as IPL action returns to India. With both teams set to kickstart their campaign with a win on Friday, Dream11 enthusiasts are in for a treat in IPL 2021!
Who will win the match:
RCB will win the match
Who will win the Toss:
RCB will win the Toss
It should be warm and humid in Chennai for this game. Dew could play a role in the second innings, though. An average temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius is likely for the IPL 2021 opener.
The pitch at Chepauk should be a good one to bat on, with some spin available off the surface for the bowlers. The average first innings score in 2019 at the venue was 144.
There should be some swing available for the new-ball bowlers, who will likely revert to slowing their pace as the match progresses.
With humid conditions on offer, either side will prefer to chase at the venue upon winning the toss.
Anything above 160 is a decent total at Chepauk, with conditions not likely to change much during the IPL 2021 season opener.
Mumbai Indians (MI) – Key Players
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – Key Players
AB de Villiers
Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile/Adam Milne
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (C), Mohammed Azharuddeen/ Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar/Suyash Prabudessai, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal
Squads to choose from
Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neeshan, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Daniel Sams, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kane Richardson, Pavan Deshpande, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat, Finn Allen.