A struggling Mumbai Indians will face an inconsistent Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 14 of Indian Premier 2018 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. While Mumbai, led by Rohit Sharma, have registered a hat-trick of losses, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have one win in three matches under their kitty.
Twice Mumbai Indians had a chance to get some points on the board, and on both occasions, they failed. Against Chennai Super Kings, they faltered at the end, and versus Delhi Daredevils, they could not capitalise on a solid foundation with the bat.
Mumbai need to get their batting in order, and skipper Rohit Sharma will need to raise his game with the willow. The move to promote Suryakumar Yadav to open in the previous game was a masterstroke. However, more will be expected of Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal, as well as West Indian Kieron Pollard.
In the bowling, Mayank Markhande has been most impressive and will look to continue the good work. He has been well backed up by Mustafizur Rahman, but Mumbai would want more out of pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Injured Pat Cummins has been replaced by Adam Milne. It would be interesting to see if the Kiwi gets an opportunity.
RCB have been a mixed bag so far. After going down to Kolkata Knight Riders, they hit back with a win against Kings XI Punjab at home, but could not maintain the momentum against Rajasthan Royals.
Having bowled brilliantly against KXIP, Umesh Yadav was taken for plenty against Rajasthan Royals, who thrashed them for 217. Change of fortunes will definitely be needed as even though they are struggling Mumbai do have a strong batting line up. Leggie Yuzvendra Chahal was excellent against RCB with 2 for 22, but the others need to put their hands up.
Looking at the batting, skipper Virat Kohli did well with 57. And, with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Kohli and AB de Villiers, RCB should be confident of a good batting effort against Mumbai Indians.
Played 23. Mumbai Indians won 15, Royal Challengers Bangalore won 8
Head-to-Head Record at Wankhede
Played 7. Mumbai Indians won 4, Royal Challengers Bangalore won 3
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.