RCB vs MI IPL 2021 Preview: 26th Sept - Confused RCB run the risk of slipping in the points table against MI
The phase 2 of IPL 2021 has just begun and so have begun the wholesale changes in the Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI.
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RCB's perennial selection issues
RCB have done it again. Just two matches into the second phase of IPL 2021, the team finds itself in another selection conundrum.
They went in with Wanindu Hasaranga and Kyle Jamieson along with AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell as their four overseas players in the first match of this installment of the IPL.
After just one match, the team decided to change things around and brought in Tim David in the middle order in place of Kyle Jamieson. Sachin Baby had to make way for Navdeep Saini. None of these players were able to make a mark.
In the match against Chennai Super Kings, hard-hitting middle order batsman Tim David, who made his debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore, could add only one run from three deliveries. Wanindu Hasaranga was also quite expensive second game on the trot and gave away 40 runs from his four oves.
The move of bringing in Navdeep Saini did not help RCB either as he conceded 25 runs from his two overs.
After their six wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings, it is almost certain that the team will make a few more changes to the XI. But, the more changes they make, the deeper they will push themselves into trouble. It is safe to say that things are not looking ideal for the Virat Kohli led franchise.
The best possible option for them at the moment is to replace Navdeep Saini with Shahbaz Ahmad to provide the side some balance in the absence of Washington Sundar. They can then bring in Jamieson in place of Hasaranga, who has looked ineffective in the last two matches, and then try to stick with this combination for at least 3 games.
The wait goes on for Hardik Pandya
Mumbai Indians have not been great in the second phase of IPL 2021 either and have lost their first two matches by 29 runs against Chennai Super Kings and by 7 wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Hardik Pandya is unlikely to return to the playing XI and Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya will have to bowl 4 overs between them. Mumbai will expect a bit more explosiveness from their batters. Even if one or two of them fire, RCB might find it tough to curb the flow of runs.
Predicted playing XIs
Mumbai Indians - Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard (c), Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Tim David, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
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