About the Match
The IPL extravaganza continues its pomp and show with the most stylish team Royal Challengers taking on Mumbai Indians on their own home ground, the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. Scheduled to take place under the lights at 8:00 pm the contest promises to be a cut throat competition between the two giants of the league. Considering the crowd support there will be no stone left unturned in that regard to help their team win but there will be a plenty of support for the Mumbai team too as jumbo Anil Kumble has joined as the mentor of the team and Sachin factor is always there.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Challengers pose a big threat to the Indians with a healthy batting line up comprising of Dilshan, De Villiers, the big West Indian powerhouse Chris Gayle and the inform young captain Virat Kohli. Other than these big names the supporting staff consisting of the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Andrew McDonald, and Saurabh Tiwary can turn the game at any stage towards the RCB’s. Not only batting but the bowling staff led by Zaheer Khan and RP Singh can make any batting line up struggle with even an expected healthy support from R Vinay Kumar and J Syed Mohammed.
Talking about Mumbai Indians it must be difficult to find an IPL fan not listing this side in top favorites. Though the name Sachin Tendulkar was more than enough to turn the fan following their way, the addition of Ricky Ponting is a huge advantage both as a squad and mentally. With a deep batting line up comprising of Ambati Rayadu, Kieron Pollard and others too up to Mitchell Johnson, no target can be considered a par score. Still if the batsmen are not in their bests of touch, the Indians do have a healthy and reliable bowling attack comprising of Yorker specialist Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Munaf Patel and the very favorite Harbhajan Singh.
These are early days in IPL and getting a win is something that makes considerable changes to the table. On paper Mumbai looks invincible, but what matters is how they play on field. RCB’s fate would depend on how Gayle fares and he can take the game away at any moment of time. Mumbai Indians, despite having excellent sides in all editions of IPL hasn’t really made a mark in any of it. Tendulkar would be a center of attraction as this might well be his last IPL. I’m tempted to go with RCB due to sheer power of Chris Gayle and excellent combination of youth and experience.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.90 @ Bet365