Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will square up against Mumbai Indians in the opening match of IPL 2021. Both teams had a successful outing last year. Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the playoffs last year. However, unfortunately, they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator1. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, won the tournament after beating Delhi Capitals in the finals.
Both sides have made some chopping and changing to their squad ahead of IPL 2021 edition. RCB released as many as 10 players. The franchise has made some notable inclusions such as Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, and Daniel Christian to name a few.
Virat Kohli, earlier said that he will open the innings this year alongside Devdutt Padikkal, meaning Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers will have the responsibility to give solidity to the middle order. Overall, the side looks good with a good mix of youth and experience.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, are arguably the favourites for this year as well. Rohit Sharma and Co. haven’t made a lot of changes to their squad. The only notable inclusions have been Piyush Chawla and Jimmy Neesham. The Indian leg-spinner will add experience to the young spin department, comprising Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya.
Mumbai Indians and RCB have played against each other on 29 occasions in IPL. Mumbai Indians have the upper hand over RCB, having won 19 times. On other hand, RCB has beaten MI 10 times. Looking at the balance and team combination of both sides, Mumbai Indians have an upper hand ahead of the opening game of IPL 2021. However, one shouldn’t forget that Mumbai Indians haven’t won a single IPL opener since 2012.
Here’s a look at the possible Eleven of both sides:
MI Probable Eleven:
Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile/Adam Milne
RCB Probable Eleven:
Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (WK), Rajat Patidar/Suyash Prabudessai, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal