IPL T20 Fantasy Tips: RCB vs MI Preview


Kolkata Knight Riders are setting the pace at the top of the Indian Premier League season 12 table with two wins in two. That leaves Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the bottom with no wins after one game each.

The two sides meet at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday. Both teams will look to pick their first points of the season, adding to the excitement.

RCB Preview

Bangalore were done in by a dreadful pitch in Chennai, which was a low-scorer. Back on familiar ground, Virat Kohli’s men would look to play to their strengths. The presence of AB de Villiers and Kohli make them a top-heavy side.

Bowling looks unsettled, though, with a lot of inconsistent players making the playing XI. Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Colin de Grandhomme are great on their day, but usually erratic.

MI Preview

The individual brilliance of Rishabh Pant condemned Mumbai to a loss in their opening match. Only Mitchell McCleneghan was able to be among the wickets, while the top-order batting failure remains a worry.

Veteran India discard Yuvraj Singh’s comeback worked well, but MI were always catching up. Lasith Malinga is expected to join the squad, but may be unavailable right away. Jasprit Bumrah’s injury scare is also set to be sidestepped.

Fantasy Players to Watch

AB de Villiers is Mr. 360 for Bangalore and is adored by the public at this venue. He has had many records to his name and needs another 38 runs to reach the 4, 000 IPL runs milestone.

Krunal Pandya is a rare bowler, who enjoys bowling to AB. His record against de Villiers reads: four innings, four dismissals, 33 runs, 32 balls. That is quite impressive and could see him tackle AB once again.

Moeen Ali enjoys batting at the top and has a SR of 148.56 as an opener. With RCB struggling for middle-order efficiency, Ali could be slotted as an opener in the place of Kohli.

Predicted XIs

RCB: 1 Moeen Ali 2 Parthiv Patel 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 AB de Villiers 5 Shimron Hetmyer 6 Shivam Dube 7 Colin de Grandhomme 8 Yuzvendra Chahal 9 Navdeep Saini 10 Umesh Yadav 11 Mohammed Siraj

MI: 1 Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Quinton de Kock (WK) 3 Suryakumar Yadav 4 Yuvraj Singh 5 Kieron Pollard 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Krunal Pandya 8 Ben Cutting 9 Mitchell McCleneghan 10 Rasikh Salam 11 Jasprit Bumrah

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