The Royal Challengers Bangalore have big news ahead of the clash against the Mumbai Indians as their regular skipper Virat Kohli is fit to return to feature in the playing XI and lead his side again.
Mumbai have a good record against Royal Challengers at Bangalore, winning 6 of their 9 games against the last year runners up on this ground.
Here is a look at the XI that is predicted to feature in the game against the Men in Blue.
Openers: Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 13, 2017
With Virat returning, he is most likely to take back his spot as the side’s opener alongside Chris Gayle. Gayle, who was rested for the game against KXIP, is predicted to return to the playing XI once again. Kohli had a dream run in 2016 with 973 runs to his name. The fans and the rest of the team will be hoping that the same run continues in this season as well as the boys from Bangalore still await for their maiden title even after appearing in three finals.
Middle Order: AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh
AB de Villiers finishes with back-to-back sixes, the last one out of the ground!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 10, 2017
AB has already announced his arrival with his swashbuckling innings against Kings XI Punjab. Kedar Jadhav had tough luck against KXIP but has already shown his skills with a fabulous half century against Delhi Daredevils. In the absence of KL Rahul and de Villiers being asked not to keep wickets, Jadhav becomes the obvious choice. Mandeep Singh has had starts in all the games but failed to capitalize. He might be given another opportunity to score big against MI.
All-rounders: Shane Watson and Pawan Negi
The Aussie all-rounder hasn’t had a season to remember so far but everyone knows how lethal he can be on his day. He can break partnerships with the ball and change the course of the game within a few deliveries’ span with the bat. Pawan Negi is more than useful with his slog over shots and orthodox left-arm spin, an instance of which came against DD in the final over!
Bowlers: Tymal Mills, Srinath Arvind, Y Chahal, Aniket Choudhary
Mills has shown that he is worth the price he was bought at. He bowls fast and hard and picks up wickets as well. S Arvind has played just one game and was expensive. With no other option available to balance the squad, he becomes the obvious choice, getting an opportunity to improve his performance.
Chahal has been the best bowler for RCB for quite a few seasons now. If he continues to bowl the same way, RCB can easily restrict MI for a low score. Aniket Choudhary, another fast bowler who didn’t use the opportunity he was given, is most likely to come back with a hope to create a greater impact.