At the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday, Bangalore will face Rohit Sharma and the Mumbai franchise in the opening game of the Indian T20 League 2023. Josh Hazlewood and Glenn Maxwell, both Australian players, might not be available for the opening match for the Faf du Plessis-led Bangalore.
While batting all-rounder Maxwell, who recently overcame a fractured leg, ought to be ready for selection beginning with the second game, pacer Hazlewood is expected to be out for an extended amount of time. There are fewer overseas options to choose from as Wanindu Hasaranga is also away with international duty in New Zealand.
Let’s take a look at the predicted playing XI for Bangalore against Mumbai
1) Top Order
Bangalore captain Faf Du Plessis will be the first-choice opener for the team but his batting partner is a debate that might be answered on the matchday itself. Virat Kohli might be his likely partner but they can give a chance to Kiwi opener Finn Allen.
If that’s the case, Virat would likely slot in at number three for the match against Mumbai. Kohli is in the right form finally and would be looking to score a ton of runs for Bangalore in the coming season. He believes his best is yet to come for the franchise and he would look to do anything required from him this season.
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