About the Match
RCB’s batting strength was on full display as they defeated Delhi Daredevils by 8 wickets comfortably; on the other hand team Mumbai, the defending champions, suffered a humiliating loss against KKR in the opening match of the tournament by 41 runs. Both teams now face each other on Apr 19 at Dubai; with the tournament having picked up momentum, players are enthusiastic to do well for their team and spectators are expected to turn up in good numbers. While the Challengers will be ecstatic with their thumping win in the first match, Mumbai is expected to perform better and regain lost ground in the tournament. It’ll be a tough contest between the Mumbai bowlers and the hard-hitting batsmen from the Challengers; the team that can keep a cool head in crunch situations will earn laurels.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Yuvraj’s blistering 52 off 29 deliveries took RCB to a comfortable win against Delhi, making the 146 runs with 3.2 overs to spare and 8 wickets in hand. Kohli won the toss and elected to field; he used the bowlers effectively and along with efforts from the fielders, took 4 early wickets to restrict Delhi to 145 runs. Starc and Morkel bowled well to contain the Devils while Dinda proved to be too costly. Kohli introduced Maddinson to open the innings with Patel during the chase but he fell in the second over; Patel and Kohli built a good partnership of 56 runs thereafter and later Yuvraj proved to his reputation and gave good support to Kohli. The duo sealed the game for RCB with most of the batsmen yet to put on their pads. Aaron was excellent with his fast bowling giving away just 9 runs in 3 overs and taking a wicket; he will be key in the bowling attack along with Chahal; Kohli will use his resources in a smart way to continue with the winning momentum.
Defending champions, Mumbai played like minnows against Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener; chasing a target of 164, they started badly with Hussey wasting 13 balls to score 3 runs and the line-up exposed their lack of depth in batting. Anderson, coming at No. 6, did not live up to the expectations, as a good striker of the ball; and except for Rohit Sharma and to some extent, Rayudu, there was no one with a frame of mind to achieve the target. Malinga did a brilliant job as usual to scalp 4 wickets against the KKR team but there was hardly any support from the rest; Ojha, Harbhajan and Pollard were generous to gift runs in the second half of the match. The all-rounders have to perform against a formidable Royal Challengers, who have a strong batting line up of Kohli, Yuvraj, de Villers and Gayle. Rohit may have to rethink on his batting order and try something different by pushing up Rayudu up the order to improve the chances of success; it’s going to be an uphill task for them on Saturday.
Royal Challengers seem to have no challenge at this stage after judging their performance in the first match. They have the required depth in batting and mix of fast and slow bowling varieties to contain the flow of runs. While Mumbai will fight hard to survive, the Challengers are expected to win the match comfortably.
Royal Challengers Banglore, 1.66 @ Bet365