The M Chinnaswamy Stadium will be on fire when Royal Challengers Bangalore will host Mumbai Indians on Thursday night. Both teams got off to a shaky start in the Indian Premier League 2019 and lost their opening game of the season. However, they will try to turn their fortune in the next game and will give everything to come back on a winning path. First, have a look at what can be the team combination of both teams in match seven of this season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB’s first match of this season must have sent a shiver down the spine of their fans, who must have thought ‘will this be the same story again this year as well’. Chennai Super Kings dismissed them for just 70 runs on a spin assisting pitch in 17.1 overs. Neither of Virat Kohli or AB de Villiers crossed the double-digit mark and got out cheaply to Harbhajan Singh. Parthiv Patel was the lone shining light as he held his wicket from one end till the last ball.
RCB is expected to field with the same XI that played against CSK in Chennai. Navdeep Saini showed his calibre of bowling fast in that low-scoring match and will lead the bowling pack for Bengaluru. Kohli can back Shimron Hetmyer despite getting out for a duck on debut match.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dubey, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj.
Mumbai played their campaign opener against Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium and lost the game by 37 runs. Mumbai’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss proved vital for them as Delhi raced to213/6 in 20 overs, riding on a flamboyant innings by Rishabh Pant. Their batting order crumbled under the pressure to chase the mountainous target.
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Jasprit Bumrah injured his shoulder during the game against Delhi and it will be interesting to see whether he comes to play or not. Though Bumrah’s scans were positive, Mumbai team management will not like to take any unnecessary risk with him. Yuvraj Singh’s form is a big plus for Mumbai’s middle-order.
Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran/Rahul Chahar.