IPL 2018, 31st Match, Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Mumbai Indians
Tuesday, 1st May, Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Match Preview :
The Royal Challengers Bengaluru host the upbeat Mumbai Indians in a do or die fixture here at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Both the teams, stand neck to neck in the points table, 2 wins out of 7 games. A loss here would mean that particular team’s IPL 2018 dream is almost over. This should be pressure game for both the teams owing that reason.
The Hosts Royal Challengers Bengaluru are a disappointed side after their loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders in their last fixture. Their batting looks good but bowling is their major concern, with none of the bowlers being able to make in roads into the opposition. AB de Villiers, who missed out the last game because of viral fever, is expected is get back into the playing XI for this match. Quinton de Kick might sit out making way to Parthiv Patel so that they play both McCallum and De Villiers. They are the underdogs in this match.
The Mumbai Indians, too are in the same situation as that of the Royal Challengers Bengaluru. Loss here would mean the end is near for them. However their out and out performance against the IPL Juggernaut Chennai Super Kings in their last game should induce a lot of confidence in them. They would want to keep that momentum going in this match too. They may not make many changes to their line up.
Both teams, though under severe pressure, would want to come out on top after this game. The Bengaluru spectators add to the pressure of both the teams one in positive manner the other in a negative form.
Head to Head :
Royal Challengers Bengaluru 7 – 14 Mumbai Indians is the score line between the teams in IPL history. The last 5 times these two sides met the Mumbai Indians came out on top. At this particular venue, too, the stats are not in favour of Royal Challengers Bengaluru with them winning only 1 and losing 7 games against Mumbai Indians.
Going by the recent form Its tough to pick one at this juncture. But the Mumbai Indians start this game as favourites.
Mumbai Indians :
Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan(w), Jean-Paul Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Adam Milne
Royal Challengers Bangalore :
Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli(c), Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Murugan Ashwin, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande