Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Average score at venue: 161
Win percentage while batting first: 41.86%
- The pitch at the Dubai International Stadium remains favourable to batsmen with big scores in excess of 180 being possible at this venue.
- The fast bowlers have continued to dominate proceedings in the IPL T20 tournament as well as at Dubai with 67.51% of wickets in their name while spinners getting 32.49% of the dismissals.
Following a hot and sultry day in Dubai, temperature will drop down from 35°C and will remain static at 34°C with clear skies on Sunday evening. The humidity levels will slowly inch towards 60% as the evening grows on.
Matches played: 28
Team Bangalore won: 11
Team Mumbai won: 17
Top 3 players from Team Bangalore: V Kohlii, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell
Top 3 players from Team Mumbai: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Jasprit Bumrah
Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each):
Top 5 players from Team Bangalore: V Kohlii, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Harshal Patel
Top 5 players from Team Mumbai: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard
Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?
In a power-packed contest between Team Mumbai and Team Bangalore, it will always be wise to deck up your playing XI in fantasy cricket with more batting options. Both these fabulous teams have great bowling options, tremendous depth and the ability to notch up big scores, as well as turnaround matches in a matter of a few overs. While Bangalore have plenty of batting options in V Kohlii, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers and Singapore’s Tim David, Team Mumbai have the Indian batting heavyweights in Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya to name a few.
From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?
Team Bangalore have been on a downward spiral after making a terrific start to the Indian T20 League 2021 tournament, which they marked by winning the first 4 matches on the trot. Since then, Bangalore have lost 4 games and won only 1, which was a narrow victory or by 1 run against last year’s finalists Delhi. On the other hand, the defeat at the hands of Kolkata by 7 wickets has pushed Team Mumbai, the defending champions this year, as low as to the 6th position in the Indian T20 League 2021 points table. Team Mumbai are yet to show their promise and credentials for being worthy of having a shot at the title this year, whereas Bangalore on their part, need to pick themselves up after a string of ordinary performances on the field. At this juncture, Kohli’s Bangalore look stronger and more in-form than Rohit’s Team Mumbai.
Players’ form: In a contest between the incumbent Indian T20 captain Kohli and the possible future leader in Rohit, there will be an interesting battle between the two best batsmen in the world to get runs at the top. Both Rohit and Kohli showed their form in their previous matches, with the latter getting a half-century to set up a platform for his side which his side eventually squandered against Chennai to lose the game as well. For Team Mumbai, de Kock and Pollard are the two batsmen to look up to, but the current form of Suryakumar will be a concern for the five-time title winners. Bangalore will want more from their middle-order after they misfired against CSK on Friday night. As far as bowling is concerned, Team Mumbai’s Jasprit Bumrah looks in great form and Bangalore bowlers will have to be at the top of their game in order to stop the opposition batsmen from putting heavy scores on board.
Changes in squad (if any): NO
Team Bangalore: V Kohlii (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Team Mumbai: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
FANTASY XI: Rohit Sharma (c), V Kohlii (vc), Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel.
V Kohlii vs Rohit Sharma as Bangalore, MI look to pick up
For their 4 consecutive victories at the start of Indian T20 League 2021 tournament, Team Bangalore have maintained their standing of 3rd position in the points table despite going through a slump, from which they must emerge soon and stem the rot. On the other hand, Team Mumbai are yet to arrive in the Indian T20 League 2021 competition, and this contest against V Kohlii’s charged-up Bangalore side is big enough to force them to bring their ‘A’ game forward and shrug off the rust.
Team Bangalore have so far played 9 matches from which they have 5 victories and 4 defeats, which gives them 10 points but a negative Net Run Rate (NRR) of -0.720. On the other hand, Team Mumbai have more to worry about since in 9 matches, they have only 4 victories and 5 defeats giving them 8 points, as well as a negative NRR of -0.310.
Both Team Mumbai and Team Bangalore are coming off heavy defeats in their respective previous matches. While Team Mumbai were hammered by 7 wickets by Kolkata, Team Bangalore were swept away by a rampant Chennai, who recorded a 6-wicket victory despite Bangalore putting in the hard work.
Bangalore were close to the 100-run mark at the halfway stage batting first against Chennai, but they collapsed to lose 6 wickets for only 45 runs in the second half of their innings to post a total which was eventually an easy chase for Chennai to achieve.
Kohli and Padikkal got crucial half-centuries, but it was the middle-order which disappointed the Bangalore side, who will want them to stand up and deliver in a crucial contest against the unpredictable Team Mumbai, who might just be climbing up for a grand return to the top.
It is very well known that Team Mumbai are a side who tend to pick up momentum and turn absolutely ruthless towards the later stages of the league round in the Indian T20 tournaments, as seen several times in the past. The time is now ripe for them to bring out their best with their backs now firmly pressed against the wall.
The biggest concern for Team Mumbai going into the clash against Team Bangalore will be the form of their batting mainstay Suryakumar, who has not been able to make the runs he is known for. However, there might be some good news around the corner for the five-time champions as their star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is reportedly fit to make come back into the team against Bangalore.
Team Mumbai will also want more from the likes of Pollard and Pandya, along with the wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan as they form a crucial middle and lower-order which gets to face the death overs more likely or not. Bumrah has been at the forefront of taking wickets but he needs more support from the other bowlers, with Rahul Chahar carrying a greater responsibility in the contest of containing the Bangalore batsmen.