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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

IPL 2018 : Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru

Royal Challengers Bangalore are set to go up against Mumbai Indians at home on Tuesday. The last time the two groups met, it was the Rohit Sharma-driven Mumbai side that got a simple 46-run triumph against the Virat Kohli-drove side. Regardless of not having the home favourable position this time around, Mumbai will even now extravagant themselves for getting another prevail upon RCB. The side vanquished Chennai Super Kings in their past match at home by 8 wickets, while the Bangalore side have lost their last two experiences at home. After the 6-wicket misfortune to KKR in their past experience, RCB will undoubtedly feel the weight against MI. Catch live scores and updates between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Having beaten Chennai Super Kings in their adopted home ground in Pune, MI will go out with their tails up with confidence to take on a strong batting line-up of RCB, which has the likes of Virat Kohli and Brendon McCullum.

Virat Kohli 2018

On the other hand, the heartbreaking back-to-back defeats at the hands of CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders in their backyard would have devastated the team's confidence, but RCB will have to play out of their skins to stay in the competition.

It has been an almost identical journey for both teams so far. Mumbai and Dinesh Karthik-led KKR have managed just two wins in seven matches each, but the visitors are ahead at sixth place due to better net run rate.

Whichever team that loses tomorrow will find it more difficult to get a shot at a play-offs berth.

Death-over specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur Rahman have bagged seven and six wickets respectively so far, and if Mumbai want to restrict the likes of Kohli and McCullum, they will have to play their role to perfection.

On the other hand, RCB are struggling at seventh position after two wins and five defeats.

RCB would be praying for the return of AB de Villiers, who did not play the last game due to fever. The South African star has been in prime form this season, smashing 68 off 30 balls against CSK and singlehandedly defeating Delhi Daredevils with his unbeaten 39-ball 90.

Kohli would be keen to produce another special knock in this crunch situation, especially after getting two unbeaten knocks of 92 and 68 against Mumbai and KKR, respectively.

Opener Quinton De Kock, who has scored 194 runs so far, would like to carry on with his good performance.

Mumbai indians Rohit Sharma

Teams Squad:
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, JP Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee.

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