HEAD-TO-HEAD All-time meetings: Royal Challengers Bangalore W8 Mumbai Indians W9
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Coach: Daniel Vettori
Captain: Virat Kohli
Bangalore have dropped to joint last on the ladder with just two wins this season with the most recent loss being against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday where RCB’s average total of 175 was not enough to save them from yet another disappointing defeat.
De Villiers will come straight back in to the team if declared fit however Brendon McCullum should keep his spot so it will be interesting to see how RCB balance their eleven for this match with De Grandhomme the most likely to drop out.
Mumbai are coming off an unexpected victory over the impressive Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai bowled well to keep the dominant CSK batting order to 169, however it was the batting performance that shocked everyone as they chased down the target for the loss of just two wickets with Yadav (44), Lewis (47) and Rohit (53) dominating.
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Captain: Rohit Sharma
The Mumbai bowlers have been in good form as of late, they are yet to concede over 200 runs in an innings and in their past two matches they have been able to stifle the batting attacks of two of the most dominant teams in the competition in Hyderabad (118) and Chennai (169).
Coach Mahela Jayawardene will be looking to reward the performances of the XI from the match against CSK and see how the new batting order fares without Kieron Pollard once again.
AB de Villiers absence due to a virus was a huge blow for RCB as their leading run scorer was sorely missed, but his replacement Brendon McCullum showed glimpses of why he should be in the starting XI with 38 from 28 balls.
For both teams it has been flashes of brilliance mixed in with disappointing performances during this tournament. RCB are coming off of two heart-breaking final over losses against KKR and CSK whilst Mumbai snared their second win against Chennai. The Mumbai bowlers have performed admirably in the fast few matches and will go into this match against the star-studded yet inconsistent batting line-up of Bangalore with great confidence. This match almost feels like a sudden death round for both of these teams as they sit on two wins apiece and separated only by net run rate. If either team is to progress any further in the tournament they have to win here and with the consistent performances of the Mumbai bowlers of late, the Indians get the nod in what should be a close contest.