MI v RCB will be the curtain raiser for the Indian Premier League 2021 on Friday, April 9. While the cloud of COVID-19 and the rising cases hover around, fans and administrators are nervously waiting for the action to start. The first match will be between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Mumbai are the two-time defending champions, but have traditionally been slow starters. They have lost each of their last eight IPL season openers. As for Bangalore, they have won seven of their last ten IPL season openers. The matches between the two sides last season have ended 1-1 with Bangalore winning one via Super Over and Mumbai by five wickets.
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Mumbai strengthened their bowling and all-round units in the player auction. They have signed the Kiwis James Neesham and Adam Milne. It remains to be seen if Milne can play this match as his quarantine status is unknown. Quinton de Kock has flown via a chartered flight and should be available.
Your fantasy selections could be tricky considering the blockbuster Mumbai squad. Hardik Pandya has had a very good series against England. He should knock your team doors. Ishan Kishan’s all-round fantasy points make him another exciting choice. Keep an eye on Suryakumar Yadav for his consistency in this MI v RCB encounter. On that note, Rahul Chahar can be a surprise pick.
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Virat Kohli’s side strengthened in the auction window with the purchases of Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, among others. All three will have interesting roles to play for the Royal Challengers. A quick start will be needed as RCB look to mount a title challenge.
As for your fantasy selections, Mr. 360 degrees AB de Villiers could be a definite pick. Yuzvendra Chahal has always performed well in the IPL. Devdutt Padikkal has recovered from COVID-19 and rejoined the side. He could be another definite fantasy pick for this MI v RCB match.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Mohammed Azharuddeen is expected to get a nod from the RCB side. He has performed really well in the domestic circuit and could be a dark horse pick.
Trent Boult is a master of swing and has picked wickets in a bunch during the powerplay overs in 2020. The Kiwi could be another interesting pick.
Ishan Kishan stormed into the Indian team on the bank of IPL 2020 performances. The power-hitter can also give points with his ‘keeping.
Mumbai Indians: 1 Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Ishan Kishan (WK) 3 Suryakumar Yadav 4 Hardik Pandya 5 Kieron Pollard 6 James Neesham 7 Krunal Pandya 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile 9 Rahul Chahar 10 Trent Boult 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Virat Kohli (C) 2 Devdutt Padikkal 3 AB de Villiers 4 Glenn Maxwell 5 Mohammed Azharuddeen (WK) 6 Daniel Christian 7 Washington Sundar 8 Kyle Jamieson 9 Navdeep Saini 10 Mohammed Siraj 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
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