The sixth match of the 15th edition of the Indian T20 League will see the Bangalore locking horns with the Kolkata. Kolkata dished out a solid performance in their opening match and beat the Chennai outfit with six wickets to spare. After restricting the MS Dhoni-led outfit for a total of just 131/5, the Kolkata side chased down the target with nine deliveries remaining.
On the other hand, Bangalore went down to the Punjab outfit in their last match. Led by Faf du Plessisâ€™ superb 88, Bangalore piled up a total of 205/2. But then, this was not enough as Odean Smithâ€™s brilliant 8-ball 25* helped Punjab seal the match. Bangalore will look to post their first win on the board when they clash with the Kolkata side.
Bangalore: The Faf du Plessis-led side is expected to go unchanged playing XI for this match.
Probable XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
Faf du Plessis â€“ Faf du Plessis is the fulcrum of the Bangalore batting lineup. The right-hander played a spectacular knock in Bangaloreâ€™s previous match against the Punjab side, where he scored 88 at a strike rate of close to 155.
Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the Indian T20 League, and started the tournament with a fluent 41*. Kohli put on a colossal partnership of 118 runs for the second wicket with du Plessis to power Bangalore past the 200-run mark.
Kolkata: After a win in their opening match, Kolkata too have no reason to tinker with their combination. They will field an unchanged XI.
Probable XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson(wk), Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy
Umesh Yadav: Umesh Yadav breathed fire in Kolkataâ€™s opening match against Chennai. He scalped two wickets in his four overs and gave away 20 runs. He also won the Player of the Match award.
Ajinkya Rahane: Ajinkya Rahane scored a fluent 44 off 34 deliveries for Kolkata in their opening match against Chennai. Rahaneâ€™s calming presence can be the ideal foil to Venkatesh Iyerâ€™s flamboyance. Rahane will look to once again lay the platform for his side.
Venue:Â Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Time:Â 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report: The pitch will aid stroke play. Batters can trust the bounce on this pitch and go for their shots.
Records at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Highest Total: 190 for 7 by Delhi against Pune
Lowest Total:Â 80 for 10 by Hyderabad against Bangalore
Weather Report: The probability of rain is zero. The temperature will be around 28 to 30 degrees for this match.