About the Match
Mumbai Indians have 2 points and are placed 7th on the table; they will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore, positioned at the 4th place with 2 points, on 20th April at Mumbai. Both teams have suffered defeat in their last outing and will fight hard to make a comeback in the next game; while Mumbai lost the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, RCB failed to defend a competitive total against Delhi Daredevils. The home advantage has not particularly worked for the Mumbai Indians till now; it needs to be seen if they can perform differently against the Challengers to register a much-needed win here.
Rohit Sharma’s strategy of coming down at No.4 didn’t work for them as they lost the openers within the 4th over; by the 11th over, they were down to 60-4 and the responsibility fell on Rayudu to build a good total. His 54 off 49 kept the scoreboard ticking while Krunal Pandya once again came to the rescue with a well-made 49 from 28 balls to take the score to 142. However, the bowlers failed to defend it with only Tim Southee taking 3-24.
Against Lions, Rohit, Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Jos Buttler failed to build the foundation; they posted a 144-run target thanks to Patel’s 34 off 29 and contributions by Rayudu, Krunal Pandya and Southee. Despite McClenaghan’s brilliant 4-21 and a good show by Bumrah and Krunal Pandya, they lost the match by 3 wickets.
The batting line-up collapse has become a regular routine for the team and they will need to pull up their socks to do better; bowlers like Harbhajan Singh and Hardik Pandya haven’t had much success but can prove to be match-winners provided the batsmen give them a fighting chance with better totals to defend.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle’s poor run continued as he was duck-out in the very first over; playing only their 2nd game, RCB recovered from the hard blow as Kohli and AB de Villiers posted a brilliant 107-run partnership. Both batsmen have been delivering with the bat and they look strong to come out all guns blazing again; Shane Watson contributed with a quick fire 33 off 19 balls to help them post a huge total of 191 runs on board and also caused 2 dismissals in the second half. However, the other bowlers hardly made an impact and gave away too many runs leading to a huge loss.
In their first match against Sunrisers, they had posted a humungous total of 227 runs, which was defended successfully by the bowlers. While spinners Watson, Rasool and Chahal took 5 wickets between them, Adam Milne contributed with one wicket to restrict the opponents to 182. They will have to regroup and find their winning combination yet again on Wednesday.
They have had a mixed run so far and will need to strategize well against the hosts; while the batting line-up looks solid with Kohli, Watson and AB de Villiers in good form, the bowlers must be consistent in their performance and come up with some tricks to outwit Mumbai Indians.
Although RCB is playing away from home, their overall performance has been better compared to Mumbai Indians till now; the hosts will leave no stone unturned to go back to their winning ways, however, we feel that RCB with its star-studded batting line-up is better placed to win the match.