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|AB de Villiers||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Quinton de Kock||19||12||2||1||158.33|
Royal Challengers Bengaluru failed to win in the Royal Rumble match against Rajasthan Royals despite a valiant effort by Virat Kohli. They do not have a history of a good home performance and once again they converted just one of their two games to win. They'll be relieved to be moving to Wankhede Stadium where Mumbai Indians haven't managed to get off the mark yet in the tournament. Mumbai Indians are known to be slow starters, but they'll be looking to get started with a win here. They've won none of the three games played whereas RCB have had just one to their name. Small boundaries, flat wicket and excellent batting lineup of both the sides could well be a perfect recipe for n high-scoring thriller.
Unlike the past editions of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians have failed to secure a win at their own ground, their fortress, Wankhede Stadium and that is a worrying sign for them. However, they could consider them unlucky as two of their three games went till the last delivery and one to the penultimate delivery. Despite being at the receiving end against Delhi Daredevils, they had a few positives for them.
In the last match, they pushed Suryakumar Yadav up to open the innings with Ewin Lewis and it paid off for them. It's almost a certainty the Rohit Sharma will slot himself at the 2-down position for the next few games if not for the remainder of the IPL. Secondly, their death bowling was phenomenal in both of their last two matches. They almost defended a modest total against Sunrisers Hyderabad and they managed to take their encounter with Delhi Daredevils deep till the final delivery when it should have finished with an over to spare.
Mumbai Indians will be ruing their bad luck as they're the only team to not to win a toss this season. They had season's highest run-getter prior to today's games and current purple cap holder, Mayank Markande, also plays for them, but as luck would have it, they're still searching for their first win of the season.
It was a perfect platform set for them after Suryakumar Yadav and Ewin Lewis went berserk and Mumbai Indians at 158/2 with five overs to spare. Rohit, Pollard, and Hardik Pandya were all undone by brilliant death bowling. All in all, their failure to hit it big in the death overs cost them the match and with the likes of Pollard and Pandya brothers in the lower middle order, that should not happen often.
SA Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, MJ Mcclenaghan, Mayank Markande, JJ Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman.
Despite a bantering, skipper Virat Kohli suggested that there won't be any drastic changes to the playing XI in the upcoming game. Chasing 218 to win, RCB needed to come hard against Rajasthan Royals and at one stage they did look to pull off the unthinkable.
Virat Kohli was the pick of their batsmen as he scored 57 off just 30 deliveries. He smashed three fours in four Dhawal Kulkarni's deliveries and made Stokes taste his own medicine by taking 10 off his two deliveries.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is a team that relies heavily on their batting unit and at least one of their fab-four batsmen needed to score a Samson-like knock. Brendon McCullum smashed a half-tracker straight to Ben Stokes in the first over of their innings, but Kohli and de Kock got off the blocks quickly and shaved 64 runs off 218 in the powerplay. Both de Kock and Kohli looked in sublime touch before perishing to the shortish deliveries.
RCB's death bowling would definitely haunt Virat Kohli in the matches to come. Rajasthan Royals were a tad under eighty halfway through their innings, but a Sanju special coupled with some ordinary bowling added some skyscrapers in the manhattan charts of their innings. They scored 87 off the last five with Sanju Samson scoring 58 from those. With four of the five bowlers going at over 11-an-over, Chahal's effort was special as he claimed two wickets and conceded just 22 in his four overs.
Mandeep Singh and Washington Sundar's lower order blitz ignited some spark, but it was too little too late by then. Scoring a close to 200 while chasing anything over that is no mean feat and with the batting lineup they have, RCB can never be written off in a high-scoring encounter.
Quinton de Kock, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, M Singh, Corey Anderson, Sarfaraz Khan, Washington Sundar, CR Woakes, Umesh Yadav, YS Chahal, M Siraj.
Although Sunday's games were won batting first, we don't see any captain going against the common notion of winning the toss and fielding and with the chances of dew, fielding first will be the order of the day.
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Daredevils chase of 195 a couple of days ago says a lot about the surface. Jason Roy carried his bat and he was drenched in sweat after that innings. It is going to be another hot day and it will be hard for the bowlers. The surface will have even pace and bounce it's going to be another day and track for tailor-made for batting.
Mumbai Indians are approaching the territory from where it gets extremely difficult to get out. Another loss for them and they'll need to win close to 80% of their remaining matches. RCB, too, will be eying a win as a loss here will push them closer to the bottom of the table. Both the teams have had their struggles so far in the IPL and a superb batting lineup on a ground which favors stroke-making makes RCB the favorites to win this all-important encounter.
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