MI vs RCB IPL 2021: The 1st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will be played between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
This game is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST. The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Bengali). The game will be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar.
The defending champions Mumbai Indians led by India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma will be up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore led by the Indian captain Virat Kohli on the 9th of April. Two star studded teams will be taking on each other in the opening game of what promises to be a great IPL. MI is pretty much unchanged from the last year whereas RCB has a lot of new faces in their squad.
The likes of Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson will be seen in the red and black jersey for the first time. Mumbai Indians have a trend of losing their first game of the season and they would like to change that on Friday. RCB who made the playoffs last year would look to start on a winning note in Chennai. There are some T20 superstars on both sides and it is going to be great to watch these two teams battle it out on Friday night.
MI vs RCB Weather Report for Match 1:
The weather on Match Day will be clear as there is no chance of rain and the temperature will be in the high 20s with a lot of humidity around.
The pitch at the M Chidambaram Stadium generally favors the spinners and so it isn’t a high-scoring pitch. Batting can get difficult at times, especially if the ball is sticking in the wicket and not coming on to the bat.
Average first innings score:
160-170 could be a good enough first innings score to defend.
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 33, Lost – 47, Tied – 2
Injury and Availability News:
Quinton De Kock who arrived from South Africa after their second ODI will be serving his quarantine and so he won’t be available for the first game. Devdutt Padikkal and Daniel Sams tested positive for Covid-19 and so they might miss the first game due to recovery.
MI vs RCB Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Saurabh Tiwary, Arjun Tendulkar, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Anukul Roy, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli (C), Mohammed Azharuddin (WK), AB De Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kane Richardson, Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Finn Allen, Harshal Patel, Pavan Deshpande, Srikar Bharat, Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Shahbaz Ahmed
MI vs RCB Top Picks for 1st Dream11 Match:
Virat Kohli will be opening the innings after a long time in the IPL. The last time he opened the innings in IPL 2016 he scored close to 1000 runs in a single season.
Ishan Kishan has been in great form as he scored a match-winning half-century on his T20I debut.
Yuzvendra Chahal has performed well for RCB and with the pitch assisting spin bowlers he will become even more dangerous.
Jasprit Bumrah is a bank for the Mumbai Indians and he picks up key wickets and almost never leaks runs.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Fantasy Captain Options – Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah
Fantasy Vice-Captain Options – Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for MI vs RCB Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ishan Kishan
Batters – Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, AB De Villiers
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya (VC), Dan Christian
Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini
The pitch in Chennai will assist the spinners and there is a high chance that they will be amongst the wickets. It would be a good idea to pick at least a couple of spinners in the XI if not more than that.
MI vs RCB – Who will win?
Even though Mumbai Indians don’t have a winning record in their first game, they have a strong team and they might defeat RCB in the season opener.