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HEAD-TO-HEAD All-time meetings: Mumbai Indians W9, Royal Challengers Bangalore W8
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai will be ruing the fact they really let the match against Delhi slip through their fingers as the Indians were flying at 102/0 before the loss of Evin Lewis and from there they only scored another 94 runs in the following 11 overs.
Whilst the Mumbai top order of Yadav (53), Lewis (48) and Kishan (44) all made quick-fire scores, the middle order struggled against the Delhi bowlers as Rohit Sharma (18), Kieron Pollard (first ball duck) Krunal Pandya (11) and Hardik Pandya (2) could not keep the momentum going for Mumbai resulting in a total that would be considered sub-par after their blistering start.
Mumbai have now lost three close matches in a row after being in winnable positions and although there has been a trend of teams chasing winning a high percentage of matches, Mumbai’s batting group has failed to set a decent total which has heaped pressure on the bowling attack so changes could be in store here.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Coach: Daniel Vettori
Captain: Virat Kohli
Bangalore were blown out of the park by the Rajasthan Royals, in a result that not many saw coming after being set a mammoth 217 for victory, as RCB ended up falling 19 runs short after a lacklustre start to the innings.
As has been the story for the tournament so far, although the class of the top of the RCB order is prevalent, the consistency is not. In each match only one of the “big four” has fired at once. Virat Kohli scored a classy 57 but the chase was largely left to Mandeep Singh (47 off 25) and Washington Sundar (35 off 19) after RCB fell to 126/5 and made the chase look much closer than it really was.
After starring last match, Umesh Yadav was sent crashing back to earth with a woeful 0/59 from four overs (14.75) while Kulwant Khejroliya has had a poor start to the tournament capturing just two wickets for 107 runs going at an economy of 10.2 runs per over. Moeen Ali, Corey Anderson and Tim Southee are all yet to play a match and could come in to try and help assist the bowling unit.
Both teams have struggled badly after being built up by many punters for this edition of the IPL. There is still plenty of time for them as it is a long tournament but both teams will need to jump on the winner’s bandwagon soon. Although Mumbai are winless, RCB have arguably been the more disappointing team with such a strong line-up not meeting expectations. Bangalore may have some selection issues with the balance of their team in question as their reliance on their big name top four batsmen is not helping them.
Mumbai have plenty of issues themselves with the squad lacking some serious depth with many of their replacement players tried and tested with the likes of Pollard struggling to find any form. Time will tell how this pans out but we do expect this to be a close and high scoring contest in a match which could favour the team batting first as there will be big pressure on the team batting second chasing a big target.