Two cricketing legends clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 28th September. Rohit Sharma takes on the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli in what is anticipated to be an epic encounter. Both teams have been a powerhouse to reckon with, albeit RCB haven't translated their form into wins for the past few seasons. Now is their time to portray how powerful a team they are. They lost by a gargantuan margin to KXIP, 97 runs to be precise.
On the other hand, MI had a comprehensive victory over KKR a few days back. They comprehensively outplayed KKR in all the three facets of the game. How they will fare on a slowish, sluggish and bigger ground in Dubai will be quite interesting. Also, MI's spinners are relatively inexperienced and if they are taken to the cleaners, MI will have much to ruminate about. It will be a battle betwixt two batting powerhouses. Who will emerge triumphantly?
The Match Preview
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Dubai, the UAE
Date: 28th September 2020
Time: 7:30 P.M. IST onwards
The Pitch Report
Analogous to Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Stadium pitches tend to be on the slower side. The best time to bat is in the powerplay, that is the first 6 overs. The ball keeps lower and goes slower as the match progresses. Expect spinners to have a heyday with plenty of turn and bounce on offer. Pacers need to resort to a few variations such as bouncers, slower bouncers, cutters, knuckleballs, etc to fetch wickets on this surface.
The weather is expected to be scorching hot. There is a 0 per cent chance for rain. Temperatures will soar as high as 38 Degrees and dip as low as 25 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity is predicted to be 73 per cent. Also, winds will blow from the North-West direction to the South-East at a maximum speed of 8 kilometres per hour.
Predicted Match XIs
RCB's Predicted Playing XI: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh/Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav
MI's Predicted Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah