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Mumbai vs Bangalore: From Malinga's arrival to Chahal's form, key players to watch out for

Virat Kohli-led team set to host Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai at Chinnaswamy Stadium. 

Jasprit Bumrah

Mumbai 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."

Jasprit Bumrah's shoulder injury was a cause of concern for the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai but India's premier pacer seems to have recovered in time to be back in the fold. 

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Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli need to step up and take the responsibility to score runs and give a good start to reduce pressure from the middle order batting. 

Bangalore will expect its batsmen to put up a formidable total after they were bundled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs against the Chennai in the opening match of the season. 

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Lasith Malinga

Mumbai will also be boosted by the availability of Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga.

Malinga was Tuesday released by Sri Lanka Cricket from the domestic Super Provincial One-Day domestic tournament, slated from April 4 to 11. 

The SLC had made the tournament a trial for the World Cup squad selection, prompting Malinga to pull out of the IPL's first leg initially.

However, the SLC softened its stance, reasoning that the fast bowler will be bowling to better batsmen in the IPL. 

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AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers, the South African batsman is known for his hard hittings and run scoring abilities on quick pace. 

However, in Bangalore's first game, he scored just nine runs off ten balls. 

Players like him need to contribute more for the team. 

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Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh will also be in focus after the 37-year-old started the season on a classy note hitting a sublime half-century against Delhi. 

He scored 53 runs off 35 balls playing with a strike rate of 151.43 and his innings included five fours and three sixes. 

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Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma scored 14 runs off 13 balls in Mumbai's first game against Delhi. 

The opener needs to build a good partnership with Quinton de Kock to give a stable start to the team. 

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Yuzvendra Chahal

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will again be the key man in the RCB bowling attack and will need the support of the other bowlers. 

In the previous match he gave six runs and took one wicket in his four over spell. 

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Mitchell McClenaghan

Mitchell McClenaghan was econimical in the previous match as he took three wickets and gave 40 runs in his four over spell. 

McClenaghan is an important element of Mumbai's bowling unit. 

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