About the Match
The match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore is being played at Mumbai on 6th May and after having tamed the mighty Kings XI on home ground, opening their account in the points table with their first win of the season, Mumbai looks ahead positively. With a convincing win with 5 balls to spare over Punjab, who had set a target of 169 runs, the home team seems confident to excel in their performance as true champions; Royal Challengers have 6 points after winning against Sunrisers Hyderabad and have reinvented their capabilities to stay focused. Will Mumbai start to climb up the ladder or will Bangalore bring out its firepower against a resurgent Mumbai team, we’ll have to wait and watch.
The last match against the Kings XI Punjab in their home ground was a good pitch for batting but the fancied Kings XI, having opted to bat first, failed to utilize the conditions to post an imposing target for Mumbai, which did well in restricting the total to 168 by claiming 5 wickets. The Mumbai bowlers could not find answers to the hard hitting Maxwell after they initially broke the opening stand but Saha and Maxwell were allowed to score freely. When Harbhajan broke that stand and later Bailey too fell to a beauty by the same bowler, they restricted the formidable Punjab to 168. Gautam came good in chasing in the company of the captain after Dunk and Rayudu fell cheaply to an insisting bowling by young Sandeep Sharma; Dhawan and Sandeep created ripples in the batting line up but once Pollard came and started firing all round the wicket, sixes and 4s came pouring in and they smelt victory, which came in the first ball of the 20th over. The home team could finally register a win this season and their performance against Royal Challengers in front of the same home crowd, is sure to be several notches higher.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
They were in a streak of defeats after the two wins in the beginning but on their return from the Middle East, they have found rhythm in their acts and collectively performed well against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at their home ground. The bowlers did their job well with good support from the field and Starc maintained a good line and length to ensure that the batsmen of Sunrisers were not able to go for quick runs. A target of 156 was not all that difficult; after the fall of Patel, Gayle as usual hit was in full form as he scored 27 off 19 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. De Villiers came after Gayle’s dismissal to maintain the steady run rate and blasted the bowlers holding one end steadfast, remaining unbeaten with 89 off just 41; he lit up the Chinnaswamy stadium with his hard hitting crackers with 6 fours and 8 sixes, bringing victory in the penultimate ball of the innings. The team has grown from strength to strength and needs to consolidate its performances to stay ahead.
With both teams recovering from their slumber in their respective encounters against other teams, this match will surely test their determination to succeed. From RCB’s form and performance compared to Mumbai, Bangalore is in a better frame of mind to win the contest.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.72 @ Bet365