About the Match
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers Bangalore once again find themselves in a tough situation at the start of the IPL but things may be about to improve. News from the team is that Virat Kohli is fit and will be available for selection against Mumbai.
The return of arguably the best batsman in the limited-overs format of the game is sure to boost RCB, as did the return of AB DeVilliers. The South African genius did not show any signs of rust as he smashed 9 sixes on his way to 89 not out from 46 balls.
With Kedar Jadhav and Shane Watson also in the lineup, this RCB team is starting to look a formidable unit once again. We also believe that Virat Kohli will bring in Chris Gayle in favor of Billy Stanlake and look to regain the composition they played with last year.
Part of the problem for RCB has been the ineffectiveness of Tymal Mills currently. He has only managed to take 3 wickets in 3 matches so far at an economy of 8.60. Those are average returns from a bowler that was supposed to replace Mitchell Starc in the lineup.
Yuzvendra Chahal started off performing for RCB much before he was picked for India and now that he has experience on his side, he seems to have become even better. Chahal has been the go-to bowler during any situation that requires wickets or runs to be stemmed. Unfortunately for RCB, Chahal and Mills have received almost no support from the other bowlers.
Aniket Chaudhary was bought at great monetary expense but proved to be very ineffective in the only game he has played so far. He may get another game if Stanlake is benched in favor of Gayle.
Speaking of Chris Gayle, the West Indian is an absolute colossus in this form of the game and may just have got the wake-up call needed by being dropped. He would be our pick to be the top batsman for RCB is he is picked.
The Mumbai Indians started off slow against Pune but have since won two matches on the trot. The good thing for them is that they have got these wins courtesy new stars like Nitish Rana, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya and Parthiv Patel.
Players that have traditionally won them games like Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayadu are yet to come to the party or not making the playing eleven altogether.
We feel that there are some weaknesses in this Mumbai Indians lineup that have not been exploited just as yet by other teams. Nitish Rana has been very prolific in the three matches played so far but not quite tested against the short ball.
Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel have got off to starts consistently but failed to make it really count while Rohit Sharma has struggled to get going at all.
Mumbai could find themselves in a tight situation if they lose a few early wickets because the middle and lower order is not going to bail them out each time. The bowling for Mumbai has been much more effective since the return of Malinga and Harbhajan to the team.
With excellent support from Jasprit Bumrah and the Pandya brothers, this is one area of the game where Mumbai Indians are far better than the Royal Challengers.
In essence, we believe this will be a fight between the batting might of RCB against the bowling strength of Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians have won 13 out of the 21 matches played between the two teams so far. They have also won 4 out of the last 5 matches and 6 out of 7 matches played in Bangalore.
We think that RCB will return to form at their beloved Chinnaswamy stadium and put on a batting clinic. back the Royal Challengers Bangalore to win