Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Fantasy Cricket Preview

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14th Match of Indian Premier League 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad

Despite coming on the back of a 19-run loss in a high-scoring game, Royal Challengers Bangalore hold the edge over Mumbai Indians, the defending champions who are yet to win a game in VIVO IPL 2018. Although Mumbai are leading in the overall tally – 13 wins and 8 losses in head-to-head over the last decade, in their home, at the Wankhede Stadium, both teams have won three each.

MI, known for being slow-starters, will be hurting from three losses in a row. They will be especially frustrated by of the nature of their back-to-back heart-stopping last over one-wicket losses. Two of their three defeats have been settled off the last ball, while against Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener, it came in the form of a penultimate-ball heartbreak.

MI have been hurt mainly by their inability to defend the runs put on board. In their third game, against Delhi Daredevils, their batsmen were guilty of squandering a good start on belter of a pitch at home. With scores of 15, 11 and 18 so far, Rohit Sharma’s form has been underwhelming; Kieron Pollard has done little to shore up the lower order.

Mayank Markande, the new legspinning sensation, Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya have impressed so far, but MI are still searching for their perfect bowling combination. Hardik Pandya’s return from an ankle injury must have been a big relief for the side, but the allrounder went for 32 runs in his two overs against Delhi. Injury-hit MI have also received a reinforcement in the form of former RCB man Adam Milne, the New Zealand pacer, who replaced Pat Cummins.

Bangalore’s batting has blown hot and cold so far, but the biggest positive following the loss against Rajasthan Royals is Virat Kohli’s return to form. Chasing a daunting 218, the skipper looked in sublime touch throughout his 30-ball 57. If the top four of Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers fire in unison, MI could be taken apart by RCB. Add to it Mandeep Singh and Washington Sundar’s ability to muscle the side to huge totals, and there will be no stopping RCB.

Having bowled exceedingly well in their first two games, RCB’s bowling woes returned to haunt them against RR. Yuzvendra Chahal, was the only silver lining as he did his best to contain the flow of runs, and was the most economical at 2 for 22. But as Kohli suggested it was a rare “off day for the bowlers and the bowlers need not to be too harsh on themselves.” Umesh Yadav has already proven to be a match-winner in his own right and it is only a matter of time before Chris Woakes and Kulwant Khejroliya turn up for RCB.

Another heartening aspect of RCB’s campaign so far has been their athleticism on the field. Following Kohli’s diktat for fitness has paid rich dividends, with players giving it their 100% on the field to save every run possible.


When:   Apr 17,  08:00 PM  IST


Venue:  Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai


Pitch Conditions

The wicket at the Wankhede offers help for both the pacers and spinners. Close proximity to the Arabian sea helps the swing bowlers considerably, especially during early hours of the day. However, spinners have been known to benefit during the last couple of days of a Test match as the pitch turns into a vicious turner. Although the new ball does a bit in limited-overs cricket, the pitch tends to ease out and favour batsmen as the innings progresses. The venue provides great entertainment when it comes to T20 cricket.


Venue Stats IPL

Total matches 59
Matches won batting first 29
Matches won bowling first 30
Average 1st Inns scores 164
Average 2nd Inns scores 152
Highest total recorded 235/1 (20 Ov) by RCB vs MI
Lowest total recorded 67/10 (15.2 Ov) by KKR vs MI
Highest score chased 195/3 (20 Ov) by DD vs MI
Lowest score defended 135/6 (20 Ov) by DC vs MI


Head to Head

Total Matches Play 23
Won by Mumbai Indians 15
Won by Royal Challengers Bangalore 8


Head to Head at Wankhede Stadium

Total Matches Play 7
Won by Mumbai Indians 4
Won by Royal Challengers Bangalore 3


Team News

Mumbai Indians

Hardik Pandya is available for selection against Royal Challengers.

Adam Milne, the New Zealand fast bowler, has been signed by the Mumbai Indians as a replacement for the injured Pat Cummins McClenaghan will come in place of Akila Dananjaya.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Corey Anderson / Colin de Grandhomme can join playing 11 in place of Brendon McCullum but chances are low.

If Mccullum will not play then Parthiv Patel will open the inning with Quinton de Kock.



Mumbai Indians : Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Akila Dananjaya, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Adam Milne

Royal Challengers Bangalore : Quinton de Kock (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee



Mumbai Indians

Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Quinton de Kock, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Corey Anderson/Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Yuzvendra Chahal



Washington Sundar

Virat Kohli

AB de Villiers

Rohit Sharma

Jasprit Bumrah

Suryakumar Yadav


Player to watch

Mayank Markande


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