The defending champions Mumbai Indians will be facing Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in the IPL opener on April 9 at 7:30 PM IST. MI has won five IPL trophies while RCB is still in the hunt for their maiden trophy. The Virat Kohli led RCB team will be aiming to start their upcoming IPL campaign on a higher note with a comprehensive victory against the most successful team in the tournament. Rohit Sharma and his men would be looking forward to breaking their streak of losing the first match of the season, they have lost their first fixture of the season since 2013. The two teams have an immense fan following and it will be intriguing to see who comes at the top in the highly anticipated first match of the upcoming season. Let’s have a look at the three-player battles ahead of Friday’s fixture:
- Virat Kohli vs Jasprit Bumrah
The contest is going to be amazing when two of the best players from their respective departments take on each other. Virat Kohli is the leading run-getter in IPL with 5878 runs at an average of 38.17 while Jasprit Bumrah has 109 wickets in 92 matches so far. Kohli has smashed 112 runs off 72 balls against Bumrah while the latter has dismissed the former twice in ten matches. The clash of titans would be interesting to witness in the IPL opener.
- AB De Villiers Vs Krunal Pandya
The has been an interesting contest for the past couple of years in the middle overs of the game. AB De Villiers has scored 4849 runs so far in the IPL at an average of 40.41 while Krunal Pandya scored 1000 runs and took 46 wickets. The legendary South African batsmen fell prey to Pandya on four occasions while ABD has managed to score 51 runs against him in 47 balls.
- Kieron Pollard vs Yuzvendra Chahal
The two talented players don’t back down when they play against each other, be it the IPL or international cricket. Kieron Pollard has smashed 69 runs off 43 balls against Yuzvendra Chahal while the spinner has taken the all-rounder’s wicket on four occasions. Pollard has scored 3023 runs so far in the tournament at a strike rate of 149.88 while Chahal has 121 scalps in 99 matches. It will interesting to see who wins this exciting contest on Friday.