The world’s most anticipated T20 tournament kicks off on April 9, 2021. The first Indian Premier League (IPL) game of this edition will be played between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB.)
Although MI were the most successful team in the history of the competition with five IPL titles in the bag. On the other hand, fans once again have high hopes from the RCB led by Virat Kohli.
It will be exciting to see which team starts their season off on a high and which team returns home with loose faces.
The match will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. The teams have always preferred to run on this field because it is not a field where the scores are high. Additionally, pacers always have an early impact in Chepauk, but as the game progresses, spinners are considered more deadly.
Potential XI and Injury Updates for Mumbai Indians
With the start of the season, no player is injured for MI. However, their star opener Quinton de Kock will miss the season opener. Quinton has just arrived in India after playing the first two ODIs for South Africa. As a result, he is quarantined for the next few days.
That being said, the expected Playing XI for the defending champions is: Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Potential XI and injury updates for Royal Challengers Bangalore
As for RCB, each player is in good health for them so their starting XI could be: Virat Kohli (C), Mohammed Azharuddeen / Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar , Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal.
With the expected lineup of both teams and injury updates, let’s now take a look at the combos available for “Batting Battle” on the Khiladi adda app.
Combo 1 – Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya
Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is one of the best workers around the world. The 33-year-old has enjoyed great success as captain of arguably best IPL franchise. Although Rohit was not in top form in the last IPL, he still managed to score 332 points with an average of 27.66. With Quinton de Kock absent in the opener, the team will expect their skipper to lead them forward.
In the new era of cricket, a versatile player arguably plays the most important role for any team. Hardik Pandya is the epitome of what a modern era should look like. He beats with unparalleled aggressiveness and can also pick a few wickets to relieve pressure from strike players. Last season, Pandya scored 281 points in the campaign with a whopping 178.98 hit rate.
Combo 2 – Virat Kohli and Surya Kumar Yadav
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is considered one of the best drummers of this generation. During his career he won many awards and won many trophies. However, when it comes to IPL, Kohli has not had the same level of success. In IPL 2020, Virat managed to score 466 points with an average of 42.36 and will be eager to finally win the first IPL trophy of his career.
The second player in the combo is Suryakumar Yadav from Mumbai. So far 2021 has been a tremendous year for SKY. He has garnered a lot of attention for his recent Indian team debut and now is the time to wear this form in IPL. His explosive hitting style makes him an integral part of the Mumbai Indians. And he is expected to play a crucial role in MI’s attempt to win three straight titles this season.
This combo is amazing with Kohli and SKY. In fact, for the first game of the IPL 2021 season, investing in this combo on the Khiladi Adda app should be a great choice.
Combo 3 – AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell
Do you like batsmen who can guide the ball out of the park with ease? Well, you’re going to love the third combo for the MI vs RCB clash. First, it stars Mr. 360 AB de Villiers, who is known for his ability to hit various unorthodox shots. Additionally, de Villiers’ ability to shift gears throughout the game is something opponents fear the most. Last season, ABD managed to score five goalscorers over 50 and produced a total of 454 points with a phenomenal strike rate of 158.74.
The RCB stick has always been their most powerful weapon of any IPL season. For this year’s campaign, the Reds have added Glenn Maxwell to their team that has made a name for themselves by hitting big shots over the course of their career. However, due to Maxwell’s difficulty finding his last season, many eyebrows were raised when RCB acquired the Australian. He finished last year’s campaign with just 108 points and hit with a tiny 15.42 average.
Investing in this combo could be a double edged sword. On the one hand you have ABD, which is extremely consistent while on the other you have Maxwell, who is looking to find his touch in the T20 format.
Combo 4 – Devdutt Padikkal and Chris Lynn
After having had a phenomenal first season, Bangalore retained Devdutt Padikkal to open the sleeves for the team. The left hand batsman wowed several fans last year with his sensational hitting style. Thanks to his insane form, he managed to rack up 473 points with a strike rate of 124.80.
While Kock’s Quinton is still serving his 7-day quarantine after arriving on Tuesday, Mumbai Indians are expected to give Chris Lynn a chance to open the sleeves for them. Lynn was sensational the last time he played in the IPL and even broke a 22 career IPL six in just 13 innings. He also produced 405 runs with a solid hit rate of 139.65.
If you like watching the opening batsman, this opening pair combo could help you earn some awesome rewards on the Khiladi Adda app.