IPL 2019, MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians opt to bowl first vs unchanged Royal Challengers Bangalore; Lasith Malinga returns for MI
MI opted to bowl vs RCB


Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 31 of the IPL 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Monday.

Alazzri Joseph is out of IPL 2019 with a shoulder dislocation and in comes the he he initially replaced, Lasith Malinga. RCB are unchanged.

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan(w), Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj


Royal Challengers Bangalore may have finally gotten a W against their name in the points table, but their joy might be short-lived when they run in to Mumbai Indians. Despite winning their first match of the season, RCB are still languishing at the bottom of the table and will need to win all their remaining fixtures to even have the slightest of hopes to make it to the Playoffs. RCB narrowly missed out on a win against MI when the two teams squared off previously failing to imply the finishing touches.

MI have picked up steam after initially showing signs of inconsistency. What makes them a stiff opposition is the fact that they don t seem to give up easily. It is the same spirit that got them a hat-trick of wins and almost a fourth against the Rajasthan Royals and it s what tips the scale in their favour. Their prime agenda should be to dismiss Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers cheaply, for without them firing, RCB s batting has looked fragile.

Similarly, RCB s biggest challenge will be to try and figure a way to tame Mumbai s explosive batting line-up. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock returned to form against Rajasthan Royals the other evening, in addition to the Kieron Pollard threat. Mumbai s lower order has always bailed them out of trouble, with RCB will require to counter Hardik Pandya s belligerent batting in the death.