Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Match.
MUMBAI INDIANS HAVE WON THE MATCH. It was a trainwreck from the start for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Coming into a match with a recent loss, Royal Challengers needed to win this game – not so much for the score but for an uplift in their game. But as evident from the match, Mumbai Indians were eyeing the game with an intensity of a watchmaker. And they did their best in the field to stop balls from converting into boundaries, and they proved themselves the superior in converting them back to boundaries. Great play by Rohit Sharma. He has to sustain this kind of composure intermittently to increases his chances of a good play in a crucial match. Overall, a great match today.
First half over: Royal Challengers Bangalore 170/7
With Chris Gayle on paternity leave, Royal Challengers’ batsmen had a to an row an unfamiliar sea where at the end stands, as always, an average score. Though this time RCB was shorn of the one-man-take-all instance, the team collectively made a good effort in bringing a tough game to the score. Watson was unimpressive, there was no denying that. But the absence of it left for the last men to take the game in their stride and make a good one for the team. Will Mumbai Indians conquer the Bangalorians? Let’s see.
Captain of the Mumbai team, Rohit Sharma, and the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli, have stepped on the pitch for toss. And a sign of silver linings for Rohit, Mumbai Indians have won the toss and chosen to bowl first.
On number four on the table, Royal Challengers Bangalore have played only two matches so far and have already lost one. But on the otherside, the situation is more grim — Mumbai Indians have lost three of the total four matches they have played. So, giving the spirit of the game to the team low in numbers, Mumbai has a lot to work for, and Royal Challengers are out to keep the loss minimum.
Standing in the safer zone to qualify for the semi finals, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli will be aiming to lift the team further up in the points table, provided Chris Gayle and other hitters take the opportunity as the same against Mumbai Indian, the defending champions.
On one side Kohli’s army is struggling with out-of-form Gayle’s performance, who has left the IPL for the next two matches for the birth of his baby, whereas on the flip side, the Mumbai Indians still need to fine tune their overall performance.
While this will only be RCB’s third match of the tournament and their first away from home, MI will be playing their fifth game, which means there will be a little more at stake for the defending champions, who have started off the season with three defeats out of four.
One player of the Mumbai Indians who can make playing difficult for Kohli’s Royal’s is Mitchell McClenaghanqho. This Indians bowler has bagged 18 wickets in just 3 matches in the tournament. Going by the format of the game, 18 wickets is not a bad record as IPL is more about hitting fours and sixes, where generally bowlers have less of a chance to play off their efforts.
For the Mumbai Indians, again it will be two big giants, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers. One good innings by both and the scoreboard will be clocking above 200, and could really smash the dreams of Mumbai given that their batting line is not that strong as Challengers.
Virat Kohli the skipper, has so far played 117 games scoring 3147 runs with an average of 32.11, including 19 50’s and the ‘new wall’ will look up for 20th fifty in this match too.
Who has the edge?
Mumbai Indians have 9 times smashed the hopes of RCB’s are also not behind and have just 1 short win. The scene is also not that different in the last 5 T20’s as Mumbai has bagged 3 wins against RCB 2.
So going by the data, it can be clearly said that Mumbai Indians has the numbers with them to boost them up and it will be quite a challenge for Virat’s squad to level the scores. Let’s wait and watch.
Mumbai Indians: Martin Guptill, Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Jos Buttler, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Shane Watson, AB De Villiers, Travis Head, Sarfaraz Khan, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Parvez Rasool, Harshal Patel, Adam Milne, Varun Aaron.
Standings so far: