Bengaluru: Mumbai Indians is the most successful team of IPL. This team, captained by Rohit Sharma, has won the IPL title five times. But the last season of this team was very bad. This team was in the last place. This time Mumbai will try to show the style for which it is known. Mumbai will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first match of IPL-2023. The team captained by Faf du Plessis will host Mumbai at their home M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Bangalore is the team which has not won the title yet. This team had changed the captaincy last season and made Du Plessis the captain in place of Virat Kohli. The team had also stepped into the playoffs last season but the title still did not come. The Bangalore team will also try to start with a win and end their title drought this time.
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Mumbai without Bumrah
Last season was useless for Mumbai and there was no good news for him before this season. His main fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the IPL due to a back injury. In his place, the bowling of the team will be on Joffra Archer of England. Archer will be seen playing for Mumbai for the first time. He could not play last season due to injury. But the dream of the fans to see Archer and Bumrah playing together could not be fulfilled again. Apart from this, Jhye Richardson is also not with the team as he is also out due to injury. Along with Archer, Jason Behrendorff will have the burden of Mumbai’s bowling.
This time the team has added Cameron Green, who also bowls fast. There will be a lot of expectations from him too. The team has included Sandeep Warrier in its team instead of Bumrah. It is very likely that he will make his IPL debut with Mumbai today. In spin, the team has Hrithik Shaukeen who can do well.
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Rohit will have to do wonders
If Mumbai has to do well this season, then it is necessary for captain Rohit Sharma to bat. He was failing last season and the team too. If Rohit’s bat works, then the rest of the Mumbai batsmen will get confidence. Apart from Rohit, eyes will also be on Suryakumar Yadav, who is the number-1 batsman in T20. Ishan Kishan was failing last season. This season he will also try to come in his old colors. Last season Tilak Verma had impressed and this time also he would like to continue his same form. Tilak Verma is very important for the middle order of the team. Apart from him, Tim David can also play a big role for Mumbai this season.
Bangalore will get home advantage?
Bangalore will play at home in their first match. After three years, she will be seen playing in front of her home audience. In such a situation, he will get the support of the fans of the team as well as the advantage of playing on the field. It remains to be seen whether Virat Kohli comes to open the innings with Faf du Plessis or not. Kohli opened after the first few matches of the last season. These two are the pivot of Bangalore’s innings. If Kohli does not open, then he will play at number-3. Du Plessis and Kohli will have the responsibility of handling the top order of the team, while the responsibility of finishing will once again be on Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed.
Bangalore has a problem with the middle order because Rajat Patidar, who handled the team last season, will not be here. Rajat is injured and it is difficult for him to play in this season. Glenn Maxwell is with the team but everyone knows that Maxwell’s problem is consistency. If he walks then he can destroy any bowling attack but if he does not walk then he can also put the team in trouble. Last season though he did well.
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Who replaces Hazlewood?
The team will miss Patidar in batting and Josh Hazlewood in bowling. Hazlewood will not play IPL due to injury. Apart from him, leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga will also not play in the first match. Hasaranga is currently in New Zealand with the Sri Lankan team and is playing the series. However, he will come back after a few matches. But Bangalore has Mohammad Siraj, Rhys Topley and Harshal Patel.
Everyone is waiting for one thing in this match and that is the fight between Kohli of Bangalore and Archer of Mumbai. Kohli is counted among the best batsmen of the present time and Archer is counted among the best bowlers of the present time. In such a situation, everyone’s eyes are on the competition between these two as to who dominates whom.
Both the teams are as follows-
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, Dinesh Karthik, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Finn Allen, Harshal Patel, Michael Bracewell, David Willey, Suyash Prabhudesai, Anuj Rawat, Karn Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Akash Deep, Mahipal Lomror, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Manoj Bhandage, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav,.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Cameron Green, Tilak Verma, Tim Davids, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brewis, Ramandeep Singh, Arjun Tendulkar, Vishnu Vinod, Jason Behrendorff, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokin, Arshad Khan , Duane Jenson, Piyush Chawla, Kumar Kartikeya, Raghav Goyal, Jofra Archer, Akash Madhwal.