Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
17th April 2018
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The Wankhede Stadium, situated on the coast, boasts of a good batting wicket with the sea breeze assisting the swing bowlers in the beginning. The wicket has stayed true to its nature this season and produced high-scoring encounters so far.
Mumbai Indians host Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede for their third home game. The home team has started the season with three losses. Their fortunes seem to be following their captain’s form, who hasn’t been able to get going in any match.
Bangalore come into the match after a loss at home to a Sanju Samson-inspired Rajasthan. There were positives for the Royal Challengers though, as Virat Kohli and Mandeep Singh looked in good touch.
Both teams have powerful hitters and wily bowlers. Expect a competitive, high-scoring match because of the short boundaries and Mumbai going all out in order to avoid their fourth consecutive loss.
Head to Head:
Total matches played: 23
Mumbai Indians: 15 wins (65%)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 8 wins (35%)
Mumbai Indians: L L L
Royal Challengers Bangalore: L W L
Last Match’s Playing XI and probable changes
Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, Akila Dananjaya
Probable changes:Mitchell McClenaghan in for Akila Dananjaya. The Sri Lankan spinner conceded 47 runs in his 4 overs and is expected to return to the bench.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Quinton de Kock (wk), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable changes:Mohd Siraj/Aniket Chaudhary in for Kulwant Khejroliya. Khejroliya was quite expensive in the last match and could be replaced by one of the other Indian left-arm pacers in the team.
Top point scorers:
Suryakumar Yadav– With 124 runs at an average of 41.33, Yadav is Mumbai’s leading run scorer. He has consistently performed in each match and was rightly promoted to open the innings against the Daredevils.
Mayank Markande – The purple cap holder went wicketless in his 3rd game and was expensive as well. You can’t count Markande out though, as the youngster has the two best figures of IPL 2018 – 4/23 and 3/23.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
AB de Villiers – He leads the RCB batting charts with 121 runs, striking the ball at a rate of nearly 150. Mr. 360 is likely to add to his tally considering the short boundaries at the Wankhede stadium.
Virat Kohli – The captain regained form in the loss against Rajasthan but failed to carry his team over the line after a good knock of 57 runs in 30 balls. He’ll be itching to lead his team to a win and inflict further misery on Mumbai Indians.
Player to avoid:
Jean-Paul Duminy (MI) @ 9 credits