Mumbai Indians, captained by Rohit Sharma, will kick begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) title defence towards Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on Friday. The match is predicted to be a cracking contest as each groups have a number of the finest Twenty20 gamers from internationally of their setup. Whereas the defending champions didn’t tinker a lot with their core on the participant public sale, RCB invested closely in abroad all-rounders by roping in Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson for the upcoming season. Since Rohit took cost of the Mumbai-based franchise, they’ve been the workforce to beat within the IPL.
Rohit took over the reins from Ricky Ponting halfway by means of the 2013 season and in the identical yr, he led Mumbai to their first IPL title.
He went on to win 4 extra titles within the subsequent seven years, changing into probably the most profitable chief within the historical past of the match.
Mumbai Indians’ juggernaut floored each different workforce within the thirteenth version of the IPL as they clinched their fifth title.
As Mumbai gear up for his or her title defence, additionally they have the possibility to turn out to be the one workforce within the IPL to win three titles on the trot.
RCB, who rely closely on their batting, will probably be hoping to begin their season with a win towards a formidable workforce like Mumbai Indians.
Regardless of having a number of the greats of the sport of their repertoire, RCB are but to get their arms on the IPL trophy.
The Virat Kohli-led facet have been a part of three IPL finals however they’ve failed on all three events.
Final yr, Kohli took RCB to the playoffs however they misplaced within the eliminator to SunRisers Hyderabad.
Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, no workforce will play any video games on their house floor in this yr’s IPL.
All of the matches will probably be performed throughout six venues — Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jimmy Neesham, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Piyush Chawla, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohsin Khan, Yudhvir Singh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Sachin Child, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Daniel Sams, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Finn Allen, Srikar Bharat, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel.
Match begins at 7.30 pm IST.