All You Need To Know About The Opening Match Of Indian Premier League
Indian Premier League is all set to begin from 9th April, and what can be more interesting than a fierce battle between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Mumbai Indians are going to challenge the third consecutive Indian Premier League title this season. No team has been able to achieve this feat ever in the history of this tournament. Mumbai Indians are indeed having the edge over the other sides because of the balance of their squad. They have almost a fixed starting XI, and the management doesn’t want to chop and change much during the tournament.
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On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be eyeing to challenge for their first title. The team management has made some interesting decisions in the auction table this season. They have brought in Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson with a huge amount of money. Daniel Christian and Mohammed Azharuddeen are also some interesting additions to their squad. Will these players be able to solve their issues this season? – Only time will tell.
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Status of The Teams
Mumbai Indians have no such weakness on their side. However, they have to play nine games on slow wickets. That might cause a bit of hiccup for them this season. Quinton de Cock is not available for this match. So, they might have to play either Jimmy Neesham or Chris Lynn in the first match of the tournament.
Predicted Starting XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan Coulter Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Royal Challengers Bangalore will like to start the season on a high note. Virat Kohli is probably going to open the innings alongside Devdutt Padikkal. The management will have to choose a proper team combination, and Kyle Jamieson’s place in the starting XI is a bit doubtful in the first game of the tournament.
Predicted Starting XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Azharuddeen, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kane Richardson.
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