About the Match
The team which was seen as one of the title contenders could be the first side to get out of contention. It has been that kind of season for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Royal Challengers will now take on Mumbai Indians who are sitting comfortably in the top half of the table. While RCB will be pondering over what went wrong in their previous three outings, Mumbai Indians will be celebrating their super-over win over Gujarat Lions. Can RCB bounce back in Mumbai to salvage their lost pride? Well! only time will tell!
Mumbai Indians were known to be slow starters, but they've removed that tag completely. They lost their first match of the season, but have been rampant since then. They've seven wins in nine matches with both their losses coming against Rising Pune Supergiant. The opening pair of Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel has been fantastic. Parthiv Patel played a scintillating knock in the previous match while Buttler has been consistent in getting explosive starts.
Although it hasn't been a year to remember for Rohit Sharma so far as far as his personal performance is concerned, but Nitish Rana has filled the one-down position beautifully. Kieron Pollard is in superb nick and Pandya brothers have contributed as well.
Bowlers always find it difficult to bowl in Mumbai, but Bumrah, McCleneghan, Pandya and Harbhajan combo has done well here. Overall, Mumbai is a strong batting unit, but it isn't in unison leading to string on low scores and a loss against Rising Pun Supergiant in their previous match. Should their batsmen get going, it is certainly going to be tough for RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB isn't exactly going through best of their times of late. With the likes of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Kedar Jadhav in their top-four, getting bowled out doesn't really make sense. In their last three games, they lost half their side in less than half of the overs and didn't go anywhere in the final ten. In their game against RPS, they failed to chase a modest total of 153 despite Virat Kohli being at the crease for the most part of the innings.
It's not only their batting, their bowlers too haven't been lethal enough. Barring Chahal and Badree, bowlers haven't managed to create any impression whatsoever. AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, and Virat Kohli have shown flashes of brilliance they are known for, but that too hasn't been enough.
It isn't a situation RCB were expecting themselves to be in, but the injuries to Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers early in the competition added to their woes. RCB is a side that can surely turn in around, but with nothing, but pride at stake, it would be interesting to see how they fare. If their batting sorts itself out and delivers the way it is expected to, RCB will be the team which can cause lots of upsets in this tournament.
Mumbai Indians have done brilliantly so far in the competition, but they appear to be losing steam at the moment. RCB, on the contrary, already appear to be down-and-out. RCB is a team which is down on morale and confidence and will need something special at the top of the order to take themselves out of the hole they're in. Mumbai is looking good and that coupled with the home advantage makes them favorites to emerge triumphant in this encounter.