IPL 2020 Match 10 Preview: RCB vs MI - RCB's resurfaced problems leave Kohli uncertain against Mumbai
Royal Challengers Bangalore were over the moon when they registered a victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad in first match of the tournament. However, old concerns came back to bite them in their second match against Kings XI Punjab as the team suffered a massive 97-run defeat.
RCB's old problems resurface
Like it has been the case for Royal Challengers Bangalore over the last couple of seasons, it was their bowling which let them down. Experienced Indian quick Umesh Yadav, despite having the ability to bowl consistently at over 140 kph, failed to find his radar and went at over 11 runs per over. Umesh was very expensive in the first match as well.
Just like Yadav, Dale Steyn who was expensive in the match against Hyderabad, gave away 57 runs from his 4 overs. If that was not enough, the questionable decision to hand Shivam Dube the last over also backfired, as he ended up conceding runs at 11 RPO.
Their spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar bowled well for them but there was only as much that they could do.
Middle order woes for Bangalore
RCB's batting, which had fired in the game against Hyderabad, collapsed under the scoreboard pressure against Punjab. After Devdutt Padikkal tried to take the bull by the horns and perished in the process in the first over itself, the move to promote Josh Philippe did not bear fruit either.
When Virat Kohli was dismissed in the third over with RCB at 4/3, the match was already lost. AB de Villiers continued to impress but he needs the support of batsmen around him to make a mark.
ABD has to keep wickets for RCB to get balance right
Royal Challengers Bangalore are expected to make a few changes to their playing XI. The ideal change for them would be if de Villiers decides to don the wicket-keeping gloves. They can then bring in somebody like an Isuru Udana, who can be handy for them at the death.
Chris Morris has probably recovered from his side strain and is expected to make the side in place of Dale Steyn.
Mumbai back to business
After dropping a close game against Chennai Super Kings and looking off colour, Mumbai Indians bounced back in style in their second fixture of the tournament, registering a 49-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders.
A lot will depend on Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma who have looked good in the competition. Mumbai's move of bringing in Saurabh Tiwary ahead of Ishan Kishan has worked. Suryakumar Yadav has looked close to his best. The return of Jasprit Bumrah to form also augurs well for Mumbai.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) - Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe (wk), Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Mumbai Indians (MI) - Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
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