Date & Time – Thursday, March 28th; 08:00pm IST
Venue – M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Royal Challengers Bangalore are all set to host their first home game of the season against Mumbai Indians this Thursday. Both the teams having suffered defeats in their first game, would want to get points going into the game. Mumbai would be delighted to find that no serious damage has been done to Jasprit Bumrah and also for the return of Lasith Malinga. But we are not sure if both the players will make it into the final XI.
When Virat Kohli played the T20I against Australia here at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, he said he was delighted to see the wicket resembling that of the traditional high scoring M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. We did witness a high scoring match. The dew helped tremendously for the chasing Australians and it might be the case once again, so the teams would want to bowl first.
Based on our FD Performance Prediction Model, we have come up with numbers predicting the player’s performance.
Batsman name Chance of succeeding
Virat Kohli is a veteran of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. He has scored more T20 runs than anyone else in this stadium. But from 2015 to 2017 in IPL, he has struggled against Mitchell McClenaghan. He has got out 4 times to him in 28 balls but played well against him last year scoring 20 runs in 12 balls without losing wicket. So we think Virat Kohli has overcome his weakness against McClenaghan and will score big tomorrow.
Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock started off the season well with a blistering 16-ball 27 but could not capitalise on the start. He would want to prove to his old team that he can still deliver the goods and that last year was one off. He still averages 40 in 9 innings at this venue.
AB de Villiers
There used to be a time when AB de Villiers loved playing against MI. But from IPL 2016, he has been struggling against one particular bowler. He has scored only 33 runs from 32 balls and has got out 4 times to Krunal Pandya. Yes, you read that right and we can expect Krunal Pandya to come into the attack when AB comes on to bat. But we all know how good a player he is and all other factors like his current form, his record at this venue etc. favour him heavily which is why he has 67% chance of succeeding in this match.
Bowler Name Total
Mitchell McClenaghan has been in splendid form recently. He has picked up 9 wickets in the last 5 T20 games he played. He has created a lot of problems for Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the past, and he will be someone to watch out for in today’s match.
In the thirty-nine T20 games he has played here at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, he has picked up 49 wickets at a brilliant SR of 15.65. Rohit Sharma has not been at his best while playing leg spinners recently in IPL and Yuzvendra Chahal has only conceded 22 runs in 26 balls against Rohit Sharma and has got him out once in IPL. Let’s see if he picks Rohit Sharma’s wicket again.
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