In the 11th season of the IPL, Mumbai Indians have gone out and done a classic Mumbai Indians till now. They’ve played 3 matches with 3 close finishes and they’ve lost all the 3 matches.
It has been a tough start for the defending champions but there have been some positives as well. The performances of the youngsters like Ishan Kishan and Mayank Markande have been a breath of fresh air in the face of all the losses.
If anyone can manage a turn around after three straight losses at the beginning of the tournament it is the Mumbai Indians. They have the experience to make it through such situations and have proved their mettle many times in the past.
They need their talisman and captain Rohit Sharma to come to the fore and fire big. The experiment of promoting of Surya Kumar Yadav to the opening slot paid off last time and they’re expected to stick with it. Evin Lewis has been impressive but is still waiting for that big score.
A lot of chopping and changing has been done to the Mumbai Indians squad and some more are expected. In today’s match against the RCB there are will be a few battles fought inside the bigger war.
ABD has been Krunal Pandya’s bunny for a couple of seasons now and the all rounder has dismissed the flamboyant African four times in a row. The Kiwi Mitchell McClenaghan has dismissed Virat Kohli four times and the last three times on a trot.
So the Kiwi can be slotted in for Akila Dhananjaya and this could be the only change from the previous match.
Predicted XI :
Evin Lewis, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (W), Rohit Sharma (C), Keiron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman.