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IPL 2020 MI vs RCB preview: Without Rohit Sharma, Mumbai look to book playoffs berth against Royal Challengers Bangalore

With 14 points in 11 games, the defending champion Mumbai Indians is leading the IPL 2020 points-table despite their eight-wicket defeat by Rajasthan Royals. Virat Kohli-led RCB is remained on second position with 14 points in the points-table following their loss to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

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After crushing defeats in their previous matches in the Indian Premier League 2020, both Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horn each other at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Both teams will come in to the field to secure their spot in the playoffs. Mumbai Indians will once again be without their regular captain Rohit Sharma. Sharma’s absence, Pollard will have to hold the fort for the team.

With 14 points in 11 games, the defending champion Mumbai Indians is leading the IPL 2020 points-table despite their eight-wicket defeat by Rajasthan Royals. Virat Kohli-led RCB is remained on second position with 14 points in the points-table following their loss to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. A win for either side on Wednesday should be enough to take it to the play-offs.

AB de Villiers has looked good in a few matches for RCB, but their bigger concern will be the form of openers Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch. The form of RCB opener Aaron Finch is also a concern who failed to cross 20 in his last four innings. The team heavily relies on AB de Villiers in the middle order. Mystery spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been in great form and is also among the top-five wicket-takers in IPL 2020.

Apart from a star-studded batting unit, the Mumbai Indians is loaded with well-rounded bowling attack. Their pacer Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah together have picked up 33 wickets. While, their spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya have done well to restrict the flow of runs.

In their last encounter, they met in a super over and RCB emerged as victorious.  

Squads:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Moeen Ali, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Josh Philippe, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa, Parthiv Patel, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube and Isuru Udana.

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Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Chris Lynn, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh and Prince Balwant Rai

Match details

Time: 07:30 IST

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

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Hardik Pandya wants to become the new Dhoni of Team India, talks about his role in the team

Captain Hardik put forward his point and said that he has no problem in playing the role that MS Dhoni used to play.

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Hardik Pandya wants to become the new Dhoni of Team India, talks about his role in the team

With a resounding victory in the third T20, the Indian team won the T20 series against New Zealand 2-1. India’s captain Hardik Pandya was awarded the title of Player of the Series. After the historic 168-run victory in the third T20, Hardik said that his role in the team is now the same as MS Dhoni had.

Captain Hardik put forward his point and said that he has no problem in playing the role that MS Dhoni used to play. Pandya further added that at that time, he was young and was hitting shots all around the ground. But now since Dhoni has left the team, suddenly that responsibility has come on him to play the finisher and he has no objection to it. “We are getting results, if I have to play a little slow then there is no point in that too,” added Pandya.

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For the unversed, in the third T20 match, while batting, Hardik played an inning of 30 runs in 17 balls, while bowling, he was successful in taking 4 wickets. Hardik showed a great game in the whole series. Under the captaincy of Hardik, India has succeeded in winning the fourth consecutive T20 series. Captain Hardik in T20, has led Men In Blue in 12 matches and has won 8 of India’s matches.

Moreover, reports even suggest that BCCI and the selectors are all set to announce Hardik Pandya as the regular T20 captain, as they want senior players like Virat Kohli and Rohit to focus on longer formats and add youngsters in the T20 format.

And with this finally India will have split captaincy after a lot written and said about the same. While Virat Kohli wanted to leave the T20 format captain and continue with ODIs and Tests, the then BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was not much in favour and Kohli was ousted from ODI captaincy. Later he himself left the Test captaincy too.

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IND vs NZ: Suryakumar Yadav’s unbelievable catch at the slip is still trending, here’s why | Watch

Suryakumar Yaddav’s fielding prowess also claimed few other Kiwi’s wickets in the match.

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The Indian Cricket team’s stellar performance against New Zealand in the deciding match of the T20I had the fans full of the praises for the blues. Team India’s star batter and vice captain Surya Kumar Yadav diving catch became a sight for the fans as the Blue’s batter diving catch stunned the fans and caught Kiwi’s Finn Allen.

The video of the catch was also tweeted by BCCI’s Twitter handle which praised the cricketer on the catch as it said ‘what a catch’. All rounder Hardik Pandya’s high paced bowling led to Kiwi opener Finn Allen on the back foot as Suryakumar Yadav chimed in to assist in dismissing the Kiwi batsman.

Suryakumar Yaddav’s fielding prowess also claimed few other Kiwi’s wickets in the match.

The Blue’s performance wasn’t only limited to Suryakumar Yadav’s catch, but also extended to Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandiya’s stellar partnership which inspired the team’s win against New Zealand in the last match of the T20 series.

Shubman Gill’s maiden century also made him the highest run scorer in T20 history for the Indian team.

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Twitter reactions

After the video of the catch by Suryakumar Yadav surfaced on social media, many fans came forward to applaud Suryakumar Yadav’s catch as one user wrote and said that it wasn’t a flying bird, but Surya Kumar who caught the ball. The user also wrote and said that it has been a great match for the Indian team as they got the wickets, runs, catches. The user also hoped for the Indian team to continue the golden run.

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Another user wrote and said that this is the reason why fitness became an important part of cricket, attributing the stunning catch by Suryakumar Yadav to his fitness and implying the importance of fitness in the Indian Cricket team.

One user wrote and said that Suryakumar Yadav during his fielding, adds another charm to the game and praised the cricketer for his excellent catching in all three dismissals.

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Virat Kohli hails Shubman Gill for breaking his T20I record, calls him the future of Indian cricket

In the third T20 match against New Zealand, Shubman Gill scored 126 runs in just 63 balls, which included 12 fours and 7 sixes.

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Shubman Gill

The Indian team defeated New Zealand by a huge margin of 168 runs in the third T20 match. With this, Team India won the series 2-1. In the third T20 match, young star batsman Shubman Gill hit a stormy century and it was because of him that Team India was successful in registering victory, putting forth a huge total.

Gill registered many big records in his name as soon as he scored a century and left behind a legendary batsman like Virat Kohli and Suresh Sharma. In the third T20 match against New Zealand, Shubman Gill scored 126 runs in just 63 balls, which included 12 fours and 7 sixes. Because of Gill’s century, Team India was able to score a mountain like total of 234 runs against Black Caps.

Gill Joins the list of giants

Shubman Gill has become the fifth batsman for India to score a century in all three formats. Before him, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina have put in all three formats for India. Gill has scored Test century against Bangladesh, ODI century against Sri Lanka and T20 century against New Zealand.

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Leaves Virat Kohli behind

Shubman Gill has left behind superstar batsman Virat Kohli as soon as he played an inning of 126 runs against New Zealand. Gill has now become the best scorer for India in T20 cricket. In Asia Cup 2022, Virat Kohli played an inning of 122 runs against Afghanistan. Now Shubman Gill has become the new king in T20 cricket.

Kohli Congratulated the star batsman

Former skipper Virat Kohli congratulated Shubman Gill on his magical innings and took to his Instagram to share a story too. Kohli posted a picture of him hugging Gill after he had scored his first ODI century against Sri Lanka and wrote, “Sitara, the future is here.”

Gill becomes the seventh Indian batsman to score T20 100

Shubman Gill has become the seventh batsman of Team India to score a century in T20 cricket. Before Gill, T20 cricket for India includes Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda, Suresh Raina. Rohit has the most number of centuries in T20 cricket. He has scored four centuries.

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