The cricket festival in India kicks off with a blockbuster of a contest, it’s Mumbai taking on Bangalore and the two batting powerhouses converge to stake the first claim at the points table. But regardless of their batting their bowling will be in the spotlight as Mumbai have struggled with their Thursday seamer option a little bit in the previous two seasons and as for Bangalore their bowling has been the main talking point over the years and they will look to sort the problems with the resources they have chosen.
Other than that the team combination will also be a factor to look at with RCB as they have got some options to chose from but as happened in the past years they have failed to choose the best combination out of the options. It will be interesting to see how things pan out this year.
As far as MI is concerned they would like to better their middle overs bowling and with Hardik Pandya’s bowling this year this problem should be taken care of.
Even as Chennai has traditionally played slow and helped the spinners, the tournament opener is the flattest pitch that is likely to be on offer this season.
MI’s probable XI: Quinton de cock, Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav,Ishan Kishan,Kieron Pollard,Hardik Pandya,Krunal Pandya,Rahul Chahar,Jasprit Bumrah,Trent Boult,Adam Milne.
RCB’s probable XI: Virat Kohli,Devdutt Paddikal, Mohammad Azharuddin,AB de Villiers,Glen Maxwell,Daniel Christian,Washington Sundar,Kyle Jamieson,Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj,Yuzvendra Chahal