IPL 2020, MI VS RCB: Saini less RCB take on a strong MI


Mumbai Indians would like to put behind their disappointing loss when they take on Royal Challengers Bengaluru in 48th match of the season at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Abu Dhabi. Both teams are at 14 points and one of them will reach 16 points, this is. Most matches have taken for a team to reach 16 points in an eight-team IPL event.

RCB would also want to make sure that are better prepared as they were beaten quite comprehensively by CSK in the last encounter. Rohit is likely to miss the match as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury. RCB will be without Navdeep Saini and Umesh Yadav is likely to take his place. This could be a huge blow for RCB merely on basis of what Saini brings for them.

Moeen Ali and Gurkeerat Mann might make way for Udana and Dube to provide more stability. RCB batters have to bring their A-game as they did on the last match between two sides. RCB will be hoping that Finch gets that one big innings which get him going for the back end of the tournament. A victory for RCB does not guarantee them a playoff spot but definitely increases the chances.

RCB bowling without Saini would be tested and likes of Morris, Chahal would like to lead from the front to put pressure on MI. A victory for MI and they are through due to their superior net run rate and a loss still keep them in the race. Their batting would like to continue from their last performance against RR. Their too six is very dangerous, even without Rohit, and can make a mockery of any target. Their bowling would like to have a better outing and would like to make early inroads in RCB line up.

Abu Dhabi has bigger boundaries and with used wickets spin bowling could be key. The lower middle order of MI is stronger than RCB but as we have seen anything can happen on any given day. Early wickets can set the tone for teams and MI looks a touch stronger, due to Saini’s absence, and start as favourites but by just.