Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) tomorrow. The franchise has always been one that has had some of the best talents in the world but for some reason or the other, has failed to win the trophy in the tournament’s 13-year history.
The Virat Kohli-led team will be out to end the trophy drought with an inspired performance in this season’s tournament. Despite the fact that there is a mega-auction coming up next year, the side chose to change a huge chunk of their squad as they released a plethora of players and brought in exciting new signings such as Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian and Mohammed Azharuddeen.
It remains to be seen how many of the new signings will play tomorrow, but the fact of the matter is that RCB will have their tasks cut out against MI due to the latter’s almost-alarming wealth of talent. On that note, we take a look at how Royal Challengers Bangalore can get the better of the Mumbai Indians.
IPL 2021: MI vs RCB – Key for RCB #1: Stifling the MI batsmen with spinners
Spinners have always been the key for RCB and once again, against the Mumbai Indians, Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar will hold the key. Despite the former’s inconsistent performances for the Indian national team over the past two years or so, the leggie has always been top-notch for RCB and he would be tasked with choking the run-flow in the middle overs and picking up wickets.
Similarly, Washington Sundar might have to bowl in the Powerplay where once again, he would want to bowl tight lines and lengths to keep the MI batsmen at bay. If the offie-leggie duo manage to perform well, RCB would be able to restrict the MI batting line-up.
IPL 2021: MI vs RCB – Key for RCB #2: Finishing well at the death
One of the key reasons for RCB’s failure to win trophies in the past has been their inability to both contain runs with the ball and finish strongly with the bat in the death overs. This time around RCB have gone for a bit of a revamp with regard to their middle-order and have stacked the line-up with explosive batsmen like Glenn Maxwell and Dan Christian hoping for a change in fortunes. If RCB finish strongly at the death with the bat, MI might be left looking at a huge total (or staring down the barrel of an excellent run-chase if RCB bat second).
Similarly, with the ball, RCB have often been guilty of leaking runs and this time around as well, they don’t seem to have a death-over specialist bowler as such but Kyle Jamieson could prove to be important if he plays.