The first game of Indian Premier League 2021 will be played between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The game is scheduled on 9th April 2021 that will played at Chidambram Stadium in Chennai.
IPL 2021 is here amid all the Covid19 Pandemic and will be played in a bio secure Bubble just like the previous season of the IPL held at Dubai. Here are some fantasy predictions for first game.
Mumbai Indians Team Updates:
African Opener Q De Kock will not be available for the 1st game due to Quarantine.
Either Rohit Sharma partners with Chris Lynn or with Ishan Kishan for the 1st Game.
Chris Lynn and Rohit Sharma will probably open the inning for the Mumbai Indians team.
Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya will form the middle order of the team.
Surya Kumar and Ishan Kishan recently got their debut cap in the t20 format for India and both of them performed pretty well.
Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya will take care of the lower order of the team.
Rohit Sharma will lead the Mumbai Indians team as a Captain. He is also good Batsman.
Ishan Kishan will do the wicket keeping for Mumbai Indians team.
Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar will take care of the spin bowling of the team.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult will lead the pace attack of the team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Team Updates:
Devdutt Padikkal was the find of IPL 2020 for RCB. He tested positive for Covid and will be isolating for next 10 days and will not be available for the first two games of IPL for RCB.
His place in RCB’s playing XI can go to Mohammed Azharuddeen or New Zealand’s wicketkeeper batsman Finn Allen.
Mohammed Azharuddeen and Virat Kohli will probably open the inning for the BLR team.
AB Devilliers, Glen Maxwell and Dan Chirstian/Dan Sams will take care of the middle order of the team.
RCB Bought Glenn Maxwell in this season in price of more than 14 crore, it will be intersting to see how he will perform for RCB.
Virat Kohli will lead the BLR team as a Captain. He is also a good Batsman.
Mohammed Azharuddeen will do the Wicket Keeping duty for his BLR team.
Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal will lead the spin attack of the team.
Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj will take care of the pace attack for his team.
Head to Head: 27
Mumbai Indians: 17 Won Royal Challengers Bangalore: 10 Won
As far as the head to head records are concerned, Mumbai has won 17 games and is way too ahead of RCB who has won just 10 games out 27.
Previous season results ( IPL 2020 )
In the previous season, both teams won 1-1 game each against each other.
Key Picks of the game
Virat Kohli will be the first and foremost pick , he is coming off after a brilliant t20 series being the highest run getter against England.
AB Devilliers who has been phenomenal for the RCB will be looking to put a great impact in the first match. Must pick for SL.
All eyes will be on Glen Maxwell and how he performs for RCB , he has been one of the highest bought of the season.
Surya Kumar yadav will be a great pick for captaincy, he performed exceptionally well in the last season.
Jasprit Bumrah and Trent boult will be the key bowlers from Mumabai Indians team.
Mohammed Azharuddeen is likely to make his debut in place of Devdutt Paddikal who was tested positive for COVID.
Grand league picks
Chris Lynn is likely to be the opener for Mumbai in place of DE Kock who is in quarantine. He will be a great pick for Grand leagues.
From RCB , Kyle Jamieson who was one of the highest paid picks of the season will be another great pick for Grand leagues.
In wicket keeping, AB de Villiers will be best choice.
Top order batsman may play major role on this pitch.
Mumbai Indians: Chris Lynn BLR: Mohammed Azharuddeen
Q De Kock( Quranatine ) and Devdutt Paddikal( Covid-19 Positive) will not be available
Mumbai Indians Squad :
Rohit Sharma(C), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan(WK), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Aditya Tare(WK), Anmolpreet Singh, Quinton de Kock(WK), Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav, Anukul Sudhakar Roy, Saurabh Tiwary, Jimmy Neesham, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar, Mohsin Khan, Yudhvir Singh Charak, Adam Milne, Piyush Chawla
BLR Squad :
Virat Kohli(C), Mohammed Azharuddeen(WK), Kona Srikar-Bharat(WK), AB de Villiers(WK), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Devdutt Padikal, Sachin Baby, Suyash Prabhudessai, Pavan Deshpande, Finn Allen, Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel
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