Royal Challengers has always been one of the most looked up to teams in the IPL but this season their performance is at an all-time low. In spite of scoring top totals in this season, RCB is continuously facing defeats. In their last game against Chennai Super Kings, they game a target of 205 runs, which the opponents were able to chase with two balls to spare. Same was the case when Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 175 against them without breaking a sweat.
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This uncovers the vital flaw in the RCB squad. If the team is bowling first then the bowlers are not able to contain the batsmen and opponents concede an enormous score that can’t be easily chased even by the terrific RBC batting line-up. When the team is defending then the opponents are able to chase the target as RCB bowlers are not able to get their act together.
Mumbai Indians is also fighting its own demons. With extra burden of being the defending champions, the team is also finding it often crippled during the last overs. However, the last match performance of MI against CSK comes as a respite as the bowlers performed in a disciplined manner restricting Chennai Super Kings to 169, while the top batting order performed. Also, skipper Rohit Sharma finding his form is a good news for the franchise.
While Mumbai has gained the momentum during their last match, RCB is still to overcome their defeat against KKR and CSK. In such a situation it will be interesting to see how these two teams stand against each other.
Both Viral Kolhi and Rohit Sharma are run getters and you add the in-form players like Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis to the mix, you get yourself an exciting encounter.
RCB batsman AB de Villiers missed their last encounter because of his illness and was replaced by Brendon McCullum who contributed to half of the opening partnership. For this game, it will be a tough choice for Kohli to go with McCullum or bring in de Villiers.