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IPL 2017: Watson Back As RCB Bat First; Injured Harbhajan Singh Makes Way For Karn Sharma

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The visiting team Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and decided to bat first to put up a target in front of the home side.

Virat Kohli led side, which has already been ruled out of the tournament had a total of three changes, as Shane Watson, Mandeep Singh and Aniket Choudhary made their way back in the team in place of Samuel Badree, Sachin Baby and Stuart Binny.

On the other hand, the home side was forced to made a change, as their in-form bowler Harbhajan Singh missed the game due to an injury, which allowed Karn Sharma to play his second game of the season.

The track for the game is a flat one without any grass on it and a high-scoring game is expected if RCB batsmen can perform according to their potential.

Here is what both the captains said at the time of the toss –

Rohit: 

“We were going to bat as well. We wanted to change things a bit, but now we got to execute well. Harbhajan is out with injury, Karn Sharma in playing.”

Kohli: 

“We are going to bat first. It is difficult to bowl during the day. It’s all about finding the right combinations, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to do that. Three changes for us. Shane Watson in for Samuel Badree, Mandeep is back in place of Sachin Baby and Aniket replaces Binny.”

Here is the playing XI of both the teams –

Mumbai Indians Playing XI: Parthiv Patel(w), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI: Travis Head, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav(w), Pawan Negi, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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