The savouring sub-plot of contest is the world’s best ODI batsman Virat Kohli taking guard against the world’s best ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah in a format notorious for its unpredictability.
Bumrah’s shoulder injury scare was a cause of concern for the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians but India’s premier pacer seems to have recovered in time to be back in the fold.
Both teams will be eager to register their first win of the IPL and the onus will be on Kohli and Rohit, both of who failed with the bat in their respective opening matches.
Mumbai Indians will also be boosted by the availability of Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga.
The Mumbai franchise will also heave a sigh of relief as Bumrah joined practice Wednesday during which he ran for 20 minutes and participated in catching drills. He also took to social media to state that he was “ready and roaring.”
Bumrah suffered the shoulder injury after landing awkwardly while fielding during Sunday’s contest against Delhi Capitals.