The fourteenth match of this year’s IPL will see the point-hungry Mumbai and Bangalore battle against each other. While Mumbai Indians will expect to register their first victory in the points table, Royal Challengers Bangalore will wish to regain their momentum. Both the teams are yet to find their feet and hence will try to give their best shot.
Overall: Matches – 23
Kolkata Knight Riders – 15
Delhi Daredevils – 8
Mumbai Indians will come to blows with Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Average 1st innings score: 163
Average 2nd innings score: 151
Highest Total: 235/1 (20 Ov) by RCB vs MI
Lowest Total: 67/10 (15.2 Ov) by KKR vs MI
Highest Chased: 195/5 (14.4 Ov) by MI vs RR
Lowest Defended: 135/6 (20 Ov) by DC vs MI
(The above stats only include the IPL matches played at Wankhede Stadium)
Wankhede Stadium is a mid-high scoring pitch that is favorable for chasers. The team that wins the toss will probably elect to field, since the teams that chased won the last two matches at Wankhede.
How do the teams stack up?
Slow starters Mumbai Indians have lost all three matches till date and are looking to get a second wind. They blew away their winning possibilities in the neck and neck matches at Wankhede against Chennai and Delhi. Though their batting and bowling units look well-built, it is high time they get the ball rolling on the round. Skipper Rohit Sharma should roll up his sleeves and set the pace for his team.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Evin Lewis, Mayank Markande, Adam Milne
Players to watch out for: Mayank Markande, Suryakumar Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bangalore is desperate for points with two losses in three matches; hence they will hope to win their next game against Mumbai. Despite a convincing bowling against Kings XI Punjab, RCB’s bowling attack failed miserably against Rajasthan Royals – particularly Umesh Yadav. The Royal Challengers will be seen putting their destructive batting lineup in full swing.
Probable XI: Virat Kohli(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Pawan Negi, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Players to watch out for: Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar