For the first time in this edition of the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore will go into a game as favourites. After a convincing win against Kings XI Punjab, RCB will now take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
While Mumbai Indians are seated third on the points table with four wins from seven games, they lost their last match against Rajasthan Royals at the same venue on Saturday. On the other hand, even though RCB is placed last on the table with just one win in seven outings, the fact that they beat KXIP at home on Saturday will surely motivate them further.
The clinical way that RCB chased down KXIP’s total of 173 shows that the batting unit is definitely in form. With Dale Steyn joining the squad, the bowling too will wear a bolstered look. In fact, uncapped Navdeep Saini would like to take the opportunity of learning from the pro in the remaining games. Saini has by far been the most impressive bowler for RCB and Mumbai Indians too would look to play him cautiously.
Expected playing 11
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Jason Behrendorff, Yuvraj Singh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Dale Styen, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Dube.
FPJ’s dream 11: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dale Styen, Navdeep Saini.