IPL 2019 Match Preview: M31 – MI VS RCB: Bangalore will look to build on their solitary win this season when they take on the Mumbai Indians in Match 31 of VIVO IPL 2019.
Despite a loss in the previous game, Mumbai Indians are unlikely to tinker with their combination, unless forced to. Alzarri Joseph landed badly on his shoulder while fielding and if he passes unfit in the quick turnaround, Lasith Malinga should find a spot. Quinton de Kock, who scored a fifty, in the previous game was left dehydrated as Ishan Kishan took up keeping duties. Kishan reckoned that de Kock should be alright for the game, which could mean that Evin Lewis continues to sit out.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendoff, Alzarri Joseph/Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB have tended to give players a longer rope this season, even when they were losing. A victory later, that policy ought not to change.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
Stats and trivia
– Since 2016, Mumbai Indians have won six of the seven head to head contests against RCB, including all three at the Wankhede.
– Rohit Sharma hasn’t scored a fifty in his last 13 innings – the longest such sequence for him playing for MI and the second-longest in all IPL.
– Jasprit Bumrah has taken more wickets against RCB than any other opposition – 16. He has dismissed both Kohli & de Villiers twice each.
Head to Head in IPL
Overall: Matches – 24,Mumbai Indians – 15, Royal Challengers Bangalore –9.
In Mumbai since 2013: Matches – 6, Mumbai Indians – 5, Royal Challengers Bangalore – 1.
Point Table Standing