Bangalore had the rough start and yet the worst start of the season. Virat Kohli and Co. managed to register only 70 runs in the first match that clearly indicated, a good captain isn’t enough to bring the best in any game; it needs a good team as well. The last match had only Parthiv Patel to reach double figures, the team has reached a point of desperation where they are ready to start from scratch. Indeed the team had some international talents but many of them are off duty due to international commitments. The only change we can expect in the playing XI would be fast bowler Tim Southee over all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme. To prove Gambhir’s words false, Virat Kohli is desperate to prove that his bat is worth of this captainship. This desperateness will be shared with vice-captain AB de Villiers. Moen Ali is yet another asset to the team as he managed to claim four wickets for Banglore in their last match. Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav can also spin in aid and take some crucial wickets.
Probable Line-ups: Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme/Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mumbai might have also faced defeat in their first match of the season but Mumbai’s potential has taken spikes after Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga was granted permission by Sri Lankan Cricket Association to attend India’s, Premier League for the month of April. It is expected that Malinga might return to Mumbai Indians dressing room from Thursday onwards, it is still not confirmed whether he will be part of this fixture. After maintaining a lot of suspense on Jasprit Bumrah’s availability, reports confirmed that he will be joining the Playing XI. With a view to clinching a victory in this fixture, we can expect Mumbai to bench Rasikh Salam and opt Mayank Markande. Rohit Sharma will be opening with the latest joining in the squad, Quinton de Kock, who is hoping to put up a better score than the last outing. Yuvraj Singh top-scored last time out, meanwhile, rewinding the clock as he smashed 53 from 35 balls, supported by Kieron Pollard (21 from 13) and Krunal Pandya (32 from 15). The three, along with Hardik Pandya, supply plenty of fire-power in the middle order.
Probable Line-ups: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande/Rasikh Salam, Jasprit Bumrah.
PLAYERZPOT PLAYING XI:
Mumbai’s form is currently the most dominating one. Although desperation can be seen in Bangalore to prove their mettle, we have picked sides for Mumbai.
Date: March 28, 20:00 IST
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.