Indian Premier League, 2018

 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs  Mumbai Indians

The Big Picture

Who would have thought that at the halfway stage of the tournament, two of India’s most prominent current cricketers in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma would be locking horns in a bid to stay afloat in the tournament?

Things have been downright awry for both sides thus far in the tournament, and with just two wins in seven games, a loss would all but put an end to their hopes of making it to the playoff. The defending Champions will come into this game after a morale-boosting win over CSK. While their bowlers in McClenaghan (2-26), Bumrah (0-25) and Krunal Pandya (2-32) helped restricted CSK to a manageable 5-169, their top-order in Yadav (44), Lewis (47), and Rohit (56 not out) clicked in unison to set up an eight-wicket win, and Mumbai must be hoping for an encore against RCB.

For the Challengers though, two back-to-back heart-wrenching defeats at home would have devasted their confidence. The heart of the problem lies in their bowling and their catching that have led them down to more instances than one. While the likes of Southee (0-34), who came in as a replacement for Anderson, could not create any impact against KKR, the drop catches of Lynn and Rayudu have proceeded to hurt them most.

RCB would also be hoping for the superstar batsman in AB de Villiers to return for the all-important encounter, after missing the last match due to viral fever.

Where: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium

When: 1 May 2018, 8:00 PM

Pitch Conditions:

With short boundaries and high altitudes, the pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium has proved to be a heaven for the batsman, especially in white-ball cricket. However, with the pitch getting relaid in 2016, the past two seasons have witnessed the track to be sluggish, making stroke-play difficult, reminiscent of the disastrous campaign RCB endured last year.

Statistics over the years:

While over the past decade, the average first innings score has ranged from 156 to 140.62 in 2017, a sharp dip as compared to the 2016 season, where average first innings total was 192. 40.2% of the matches have been won by the team batting first (35) while teams batting second have won 54% of the matches (47), four matches have ended as N/R.

Team News and Probable 11:

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • The Royal Challengers look sorted in the batting, but sure they will re-assess their bowling attack after an insipid bowling performance.
  • Washington Sundar might come in for Manan Vohra
  • AB de Villiers, who missed out on the last game could come in for Colin de Granddhomme.

RCB Playing 11:

AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme/Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar/Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock (wk), Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj, M.Ashwin

Mumbai Indians

  • Ben Cutting might pave way for Mustafixur Rahaman.

Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman/Ben Cutting

Where to watch Royal Challengers Bangalore vs  Mumbai Indians?

The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com