IPL 2021, MI vs RCB Pitch Report: Five-time Indian Premier League winners Mumbai Indians lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2021 opener in MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Interestingly, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has revealed they will host IPL games in Chennai on black soil instead of red soil which have more clay content. This is because, TNCA believes with a black soil based wickets games can be really high scoring and entertaining.
“We have prepared eight wickets out of which two are of red soil. But we have decided against using the red soil wickets because they disintegrate faster. We want to give teams sporting wickets so that we can have high scoring and entertaining games,” said a TNCA official.
MI vs RCB pitch report – Expected Totals
According to the TNCA official – on this kind of a wicket 170-180 will be the par score which clearly suggests 10 matches including the IPL Opener can be really high-scoring.
IPL 2021, MI vs RCB pitch report: Chennai to use black soil wicket in IPL 2021 opener to ensure high scoring contest
IPL 2021- MI vs RCB: 5 records/milestones that can be broken: The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to get underway from Friday 9th April 2021. The first game of this edition will be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Whenever these two teams clash, it produces a high-octane contest and the IPL 2021 season opener promises to be a mouthwatering affair.
MI were the table-toppers last season winning 9 of the 14 league games and would want to continue that brilliant performance this year as well. On the other hand, RCB started well but their wheels fell off dramatically towards the second half. With another chance to make a fresh start, let’s have a look at 5 records that can happen in the IPL 2021 season opener.
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#1. Rohit Sharma can become the highest Indian six-hitter in IPL history
MI captain Rohit Sharma has smashed 213 sixes in IPL so far and is only behind MS Dhoni (216) among Indian players. The dashing opener will reach the top spot in this tally if he hits 4 sixes against RCB.
#2. AB de Villiers can become the player with maximum ‘MoM’ awards
AB de Villiers has been an integral part of the RCB batting lineup and he has won the player of the match award 22 times. If he wins the award in the first game of IPL 2021, he will attain the joint top spot in this regard along with Chris Gayle (23).
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#3. Virat Kohli can become the first cricketer to hit 6k runs in IPL history
Virat Kohli has so far accumulated 5878 runs in 184 innings in his IPL career. He has scored these runs at an average of 38.16, and a strike rate of 130.73. He requires 122 more runs to become the first cricketer in IPL history to achieve the 6000-run mark.
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Yuzvendra Chahal has featured in 99 IPL matches so far and will be playing his 100th IPL game against Mumbai Indians in the season opener.
#4. Kohli will be the first player to score 2500+ runs in two different batting position
Virat has 2345 runs to his name as an opener in 61 innings. Since he will be opening this year, Virat will have a chance to complete 2500 runs as an opener. He will become the first player to score 2500+ IPL runs at two different positions if does that. The dashing batsman has aggregated 2696 runs in 86 innings while batting at number 3.
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#5. Rohit Sharma can become skipper with most wins in IPL
If Rohit Sharma can guide Mumbai Indians to a win against RCB in IPL 2021 opener, Rohit will get one step closer to go past Gautam Gambhir’s record of second-most victories in IPL matches. The latter won 71 out of 129 matches, including two IPL trophies. Rohit has 68 wins in 116 matches as skipper. His winning percentage however is highest among all IPL captains.