Preview of Today’s IPL Match (April 14, 4pm): The Likely Playing XI for Royal Challengers (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI)

Which teams are locking horns in match 12 of IPL 2017?

Mumbai Indians (MI) are on the road once again and they take on a low-on-confidence Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in the 4pm match on April 14.

Who are the favourites for this match?

Royal Challengers have made a sluggish and an unimpressive start to IPL 2017. Neither the batting nor the bowling has clicked yet and we can surely say that the south Indian franchise do not know yet what their best playing XI is.

Because RCB’s concerns are two-fold, they will start this clash against Mumbai as the underdog. But in T20 cricket, history is irrelevant and up against a strong opponent, the Bangalore side should and will look to raise their game.

What is the team news from the two camps?

The biggest news which has come through from the RCB camp on the eve of the match is that Virat Kohli has overcome the right shoulder injury and will lead his team on Friday against Mumbai Indians.

Speaking at a press conference, Kohli said that he is “delighted to be back” and the month-long injury layoff has reignited the spark, whilst adding, he is “more excited to take the field”.

Kohli’s presence on its own will change the way RCB approach their second home match and play against a Mumbai side who must be high on confidence.

Mumbai Indians have no injury complaints from their last match.

Will Chris Gayle return to RCB’s playing XI for match 12 of this season?

The big-hitting Jamaican was bizarrely left out for the clash against Kings XI Punjab, but Kohli indicated that Gayle will return to the side for this important match.

The obvious question is, who does the West Indian replace?

The only player whose place in the side is not in question and will be under no threat, is AB de Villiers. Other than the South African batting superstar, every foreign player who has played for RCB so far this season—Shane Watson, Tymal Mills and Billy Stanlake—is expendable.

For the match against Mumbai, Gayle might well replace Tymal Mills, who hasn’t really set the stage on fire yet. I expect Billy Stanlake to retain his place, along with Shane Watson, who, despite enduring a tough outing against Kings XI, can as an all-rounder do wonders in the sport’s shortest format.

Therefore, the four probable overseas players for RCB against MI are Gayle, de Villers, Watson, and Stanlake.

Who are the four likely overseas players for Mumbai?

Although Mumbai have put together two wins on the trot, Kieron Pollard and Mitchell McClenaghan have yet to produce a good performance with the bat and ball, respectively, and this duo’s form will be of a slight concern to the team management.

In Mitchell Johnson, Mumbai Indians have a readymade replacement for McClenaghan, who continued being expensive in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) while all the other bowlers, including all-rounder Hardik Pandya, were fairly economical.

Johnson for McClenaghan is a possible change in MI’s playing XI for the match against RCB.

Pollard failed for the third consecutive time with the bat on Wednesday, when Mumbai hosted Sunrisers. But for the moment, his place does not appear to be under threat.

What’s the probable playing XI for RCB?

You can expect RCB to field a much-changed playing XI against MI too, with Gayle and Kohli returning to the side.

While Gayle will probably replace Mills, Vishnu Vinod is the one who could make way for the fit-again Kohli.

Iqbal Abdulla endured two ordinary outings against Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI and might make way for one of the two left-arm seamers, Aniket Choudhary and Sreenath Aravind.

Therefore, RCB’s probable playing XI for the home clash against Mumbai is as follows: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Chris Gayle, 3. Mandeep Singh, 4. AB de Villiers, 5. Kedar Jadhav (wk), 6. Shane Watson, 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Aniket Choudhary/Sreenath Aravind, 9. Yuzvendra Chahal, 10. Billy Stanlake, and 11. Stuart Binny

Actual playing XI for RCB: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Chris Gayle, 3. Mandeep Singh, 4. AB de Villiers, 5. Kedar Jadhav (wk), 6. Samuel Badree (in for Shane Watson), 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Sreenath Aravind, 9. Yuzvendra Chahal, 10. Tymal Mills, and 11. Stuart Binny

What’s the probable playing XI for Mumbai Indians?

Apart from Johnson potentially replacing McClenaghan, tomorrow’s (April 14) visitors do not have to make wholesale changes like RCB.

Therefore, here’s what I believe will be MI’s playing XI: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel, 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Mitchell Johnson, 10. Lasith Malinga, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah

Actual playing XI for MI: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel, 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Mitchell McClenaghan, 10. Lasith Malinga, and 11. Tim Southee (in for Lasith Malinga, who is unwell)

What’s Cricfooty’s prediction for match 12 of IPL 2017?

Mumbai have a great record at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, winning six of the seven matches played at this venue. They are the team high on confidence, full of resources and boast a good bowling attack, so will no doubt start the clash against RCB as the firm favourites. Being an evening match, the dew is unlikely to be a factor in the second half and we should have a proper contest between bat and ball.

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