Royal Challengers Bangalore opened their account in the points table by a win against Kings XI Punjab. Though this is not enough for their survival in this series after six consecutive losses, they got the confidence to fight back and return some smiles on the faces of their fans. They need to encounter Mumbai Indians at Wankhede, which favors the chasers. The highest average score at Wankhede from 13 innings is 178 runs and pacers picked 39 out of 48 wickets from previous innings on this ground.
Though the Bangaloreans strived hard to answer a total of 174 runs and were less consistent in fielding, they gained confidence by a win against Kings XI Punjab. AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli are always the pivotal batsmen for the side but they need more focus on coming out of over dependency on this pair.
Apart from home advantage, Mumbai Indians need solid middle order to answer the big guns of Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the previous fixture in this season, Rohit Sharma added 94 runs off 56 balls when the team’s score was 213/6. The cameo of 92 runs from Virat Kohli went futile and RCB lost the game by 46 runs.
Mumbai Indians have a formidable top order with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Quinton De Kock, and Suryakumar Yadav. But they need a solid middle order to keep on the momentum and post higher scores.
In the game against Rajasthan Royals, Alzarri Joseph conceded 53 runs off 3 overs and the team paid for it. They might replace Lasith Malinga to encounter the arrogant batsmen of RCB. Undoubtedly, they have a good set of bowlers when compared to visitors. But they need to resolve the middle order woes and repair the death over bowling to regain the past glory and head towards playoffs in this series. Due to slower score in the middle overs, Mumbai Indians faced a shortage of 15-20 runs to win the game at the end.
Rohit Sharma(captain), Quinton De Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Lasith Malinga/Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, and Jason Behrendorff.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli(captain), Parthiv Patel, AB De Villiers, Yuzwendra Chahal, Tim Southee/ Umesh Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Navdeep Saini, and Mohammed Siraj.