Defending Champions of the Indian Premiere League, the Mumbai Indians clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
Virat Kohli wins the toss and Bangalore will bowl first.
Chris Gayle is still recovering from a sore back and is not playing today. Bangalore are unchanged.
The squads are as below:
Bangalore playing XI: Parthiv Patel, Maddinson, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, JA Morkel, S Rana, AB Dinda, MA Starc, YS Chahal and VR Aaron.
Mumbai playing XI: Michael Hussey, AP Tare, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, KA Pollard, CJ Anderson, Harbhajan Singh, PP Ojha, Z Khan, SL Malinga and JJ Bumrah.
The toss details and team squads will be updated here before the match starts.The match starts at 4:00 p.m. IST.
TV telecast and live streaming info:
The match can be watched live on TV channels Sony Set Max and Sony Six in India and on OSN Network in the Middle East.
The match will be broadcasted by ITV Networks Ltd in the U.K. and Willow TV international in the United States.
Watch the live streaming online here.
Temperature in Dubai will be soaring, but that should not dampen the spirits of the cricketers on the field.
Missing their squad hero Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai Indians opened the tournament in a shaky match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, giving the 2012 winners a major victory by 41 runs.
For Royal Challengers Bangalore, the challenge wasn’t huge as their disciplined bowling attack took no time in getting over the top batsmen of Delhi Daredevils.
As always, the dependable skipper Virat Kohli along with Yuvraj Singh chased the runs with ease for their first win.
Defending champion MI will have to work on their batting order, which remains under scrutiny in their first match.
They might just want to use Kieron Pollard in a way the player deserves and let MEK Hussey take the start.
The skipper might just come in the middle order to lend some support. If they bowl first today, they need to break partnerships early for RCB, unless the same fate of last match is repeated, where Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis led KKR to glory.
The best thing for RCB in the last match was Yuvraj Singh, who made a stunning comeback in form. With the highest price tag for IPL 2014, he was under pressure from all ways.
However, the team has trusted names in AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Albie Morkel and Kolhi to make up for any struggle today.
For RCB, a check on the extras is must as the bowlers gave away nine crucial balls in the last outing.
The highlights videos can be watched here after the match is over.