The Indian Premier League 2020 is nearing the end of the regular season, although the top-four spots are still up for grabs. Table toppers Mumbai Indians will play the mighty Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 48th match in Abu Dhabi.
Both teams are aiming to ensure playoff seats and have 14 points each. Two more points will secure the spot and that makes this game very interesting.
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Rohit Sharma may miss this fixture as well due to his injury. The injury forced Sharma to miss two previous matches and Mumbai Indians lost one of those. He returned to the nets on Monday but questions still remain. Sharma is probably not enough match-fit to appear for Mumbai Indians in this match – so keep him away from your fantasy selection!
Coming to picks, Ishan Khan showed his caliber in the opening slot during the chase against Kings XI Punjab. He could be a good pick. Hardik Pandya has been contributing enough points even if he isn’t bowling. Keep an eye on Kieron Pollard who loves turning up in big games.
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The Royal Challengers have been surprisingly consistent this season. With 14 points so far, they have a great chance of making that top-two spots one of their own. However, the heavy loss to Chennai Super Kings has been a momentum breaker.
One positive from the RCB side is the consistent value in their picks. Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers have been consistently racking up points. Superman AB looms as a definite pick. As for the bowlers, the evergreen leggie Yuzvendra Chahal is a great pick. If you are planning to select Navdeep Saini, think twice as the young speedster could be out of this match with injury concerns.
Fantasy Players to Watch
AB de Villiers was the ‘player of the match’ when these two teams met last time. As a ‘keeper he gives extra points to the 324 runs (SR 174) he has scored so far!
Chris Morris has been a revelation for the RCB side ever since he came back from injury. With an ER of under six runs an over, he has been a real miser. And when he gets to bat, he’s no mean player there either!
Quinton de Kock has been in great touch in the recent games. He’s racing towards 400 runs for the season. With his no-nonsense at the top of the batting order, there are points to grab. And, of course, his ‘keeping adds more value!
Mumbai Indians: 1 Quinton de Kock (WK) 2 Ishan Kishan 3 Suryakumar Yadav 4 Saurabh Tiwary 5 Hardik Pandya 6 Krunal Pandya 7 Kieron Pollard (C) 8 James Pattinson 9 Rahul Chahar 10 Jasprit Bumrah 11 Trent Boult
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Devdutt Padikkal 2 Aaron Finch 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 AB de Villiers (WK) 5 Gurkeerat Mann 6 Shivam Dube 7 Chris Morris 8 Washington Sundar 9 Isuru Udana 10 Mohammed Siraj 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
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