Match Details: IPL 2021 Match 1 MI vs RCB
Venue: M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date: 9 April 2021
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Defending Champions Mumbai Indians will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021).
A hot and humid evening with a temperature around 30°C and humidity will be above 70%.
IPL 2021 Match 1 MI vs RCB Pitch Report
The slow and sluggish pitch at the Chepauk is spin-friendly. With this being the season-opening contest – the Chennai strip likely to offer some runs and support for the batsmen, they need to adjust to the conditions before getting going on this wicket.
IPL 2021 Match 1 MI vs RCB Team News
Both teams are likely to miss some players in the first few games at the start of the season.
Mumbai Indians (MI) Team News
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock open for Mumbai Indians in from last two years. However, Quinton de Kock is set to join the Mumbai camp after completing national duties and will undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine. Therefore, Mumbai Indians will be going with new opening pair in this game.
Probable Playing XI for MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Macro Jansen, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Team News
Royal Challengers Bangalore are also likely to be playing with new opening pair. RCB opener Devdutt Padikkal, in his debut IPL season, scored the most runs for his team. However, he only recently joined the RCB camp after recovering from COVID-19 and most likely he is set to miss the opening game.
Probable Playing XI for RCB: Rajat Patidar, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed.
IPL 2021 Match 1 MI vs RCB Head to Head
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore have played 27 matches against each other, Mumbai Indians have won 17 matches and Royal Challengers Bangalore have 10 matches. Virat Kohli has the most runs for RCB vs MI, at 695. For MI, Kieron Pollard has the most runs – 539.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians have met once in Chennai in IPL 2011, which was won by Bangalore.