RCB vs MI: Virat Kohli announces comeback date

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said after the match: "It was a great effort with the bat".

After a lot of speculations and predictions, it is finally happening.

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Medical Team on Wednesday confirmed that Indian Cricket Team and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has regained match fitness", a statement from BCCI read.

Head to Head Overall: Matches - 19, RCB Won - 8, MI Won - 11 In Bengaluru: Matches - 7, RCB Won - 1, MI Won - 6 Trivia Virat Kohli was the top run-getter in IPL 2016; he scored 973 runs in 16 matches. They have already lost two matches out of three.

Kohli said Royal Challengers are unlikely to bat first again at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Pollard responded angrily to Manjrekar's criticism in a series of tweets. They have lost almost half their side under 10 runs.

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Predicted XI: Jos Butler, Parthiv Patel (W), Rohit Sharma (C), Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah. "He will now be available for RCB's next match against Mumbai Indians on April 14 in Bengaluru", the release said.

o5: 56 PM: OUT! . He has stood like a rock in the middle order and helped Mumbai chase down targets in their last two outings. "He is a specialist keeper, Kedar is a stand-in keeper but in T20 cricket you don't get much balls that go to the keeper of what we have seen in so many years". At one stage, RCB was looking set for a big total but consistent wickets have put a brake on the scoring rate.

His teammate and South Africa's 360 degree batsman AB de Villiers had also missed the first two games due to a back injury he suffered during a 50-overs domestic tournament in South Africa.

Virat Kohli also suggested that De Villiers, Chris Gayle and himself would play on Friday and Kedar Jadhav would keep wicket. Wonder what that means for Shane Watson! "Progress going well & on course to come back soon & entertain everyone", Kohli had written on his Twitter handle. Virat Kohli is out to open the innings with Chris Gayle. Expect, some fireworks today!

While Billy Stanlake and Tymal Mills look strong, they seem to be delivering in patches and lack consistency in Indian conditions. Shane Watson has been dropped by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the universal boss, Chris Gayle makes a comeback.

Statistically, Rohit Sharma's Mumbai will enter RCB's den with a handy cushion of victories in the past. He spoke a lot, a lot was spoken about him and then a shoulder bore the brunt of all that physical and mental pressure, forcing Kohli to miss four games of cricket. They bought Harbhajan into the attack in the power play overs.

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