India captain Kohli passed fit to play in IPL

India captain Kohli passed fit to play in IPL

He scored a productive 62 runs in the last match he played against the Mumbai Indians.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will hope for a turnaround in fortunes with the return of their skipper Virat Kohli, who has been declared match fit, when they take on a confident Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Friday.

Gayle fell in the 10th over for 22 off 27 balls. The ball comes on to bat very nicely under lights. All he needs to do is make contact with the ball. In all the three games that he has played so far, he has returned to the dressing room with a score which does not match the standards he has come to set in the past.

The India captain's name has become a byword for excellence and after almost a month out, Virat Kohli looked like he'd just scored a hundred yesterday. Barring the season opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the starts have been pretty somber.

That's largely due to his running - or the lack of it - between the wickets.

MI start favorites as they have a good record in Bengaluru and they are coming on the back of 2 consecutive wins. Dhoni's stock, however, is in free fall. It's been over two seasons since RCB has benefited from a "Gaylestorm". These seamers took wickets at regular intervals to play an important role in helping their team emerge victorious.

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After opting to bat first in the games under Watson's captaincy the returning skipper, confident now he has a full batting quota available, suggested that RCB would prefer chasing from now on.

He also expressed confidence on Chris Gayle, saying, "Chris is hitting the ball well in the nets and he's not far away from a big score". MS Dhoni, who has scored just 33 runs in 4 innings, will be out to prove a point too.

Mumbai were reduced to 7/4 having restricted the star-studded RCB team to just 142 from their 20 overs. It will be interesting to see if the team's think-tank would overlook him for Travis Head or even Shane Watson - despite the latter not having the best of times with bat and ball. The ball was stopping on the batsmen, so hitting through the line wasn't a prudent option. A recall for Travis Head, who also provides an additional bowling option, can not be far away.

AB de Villiers: The South African began with a bang and then he too has been moderate in contribution, but that is part of the game. Left-arm fast bowler Tymal Mills leads the pace attack and with Badree now hard to drop, RCB's options, especially with the fourth foreign player, against Steve Smith-led Pune are limited.

But RCB's loss at home on Friday to Mumbai Indians will be a tough one to bounce back from.

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