Guwahati: It’s time for the biggie! Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma. AB de Villiers vs Quinton de Kock
Royal Challengers Bangalore would be looking to address their pace-bowling concerns when they face defending champions Mumbai Indians on Monday at 7:30 PM (ISD).
After scores of 14 and 1, Virat Kohli would be itching to spend more time in the middle. It is still not clear whether RCB will have the services of South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who sat out of the first two games due to a side strain.
In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal, as always, will be the key man with pacers, barring Navdeep Saini, leaking runs. Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav have proved expensive so far. The South African great is likely to retain his place in the playing eleven but the same can’t be said about Yadav, who could make way for Mohammad Siraj. Moeen Ali will be a welcome addition to the middle-order but with Josh Phillippe keeping wickets regularly, he can only replace Steyn.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, are unlikely to tinker with their team composition. The only change that the team can make is bringing in Ishan Kishan in place of the bulky Saurabh Tiwary. Jasprit Bumrah roared back to form after a rare failure against Chennai Super Kings.
These two teams last met on April 15th, 2019. And on that day, Mumbai Indians cantered past a 172-run target set by RCB. Ab de Villiers scored 75 runs but it went in vain. It will be interesting to see that who makes their mark on this match.