Two extremely popular sides – Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians – yet fighting for survival, will come up against each in Match 31 of VIVO IPL 2018. Both teams have played seven matchesso far, with returns of two wins and five defeats each.
Three of the top four totals posted this season have been conceded RCB. Less than a week ago, Chennai Super Kings chased down 206 against RCB and won with two balls to spare. More recently, the Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 175 without their batsmen being made to work hard. Therein lies the problem for RCB; if they’re bowling first, they concede a mountain of runs that the odds are stacked up even against their dangerous batting line-up. And if they’re defending a total, no matter how many runs the batsmen post, their bowlers can’t seem to get their acts right. The numbers best tell the story; RCB’s overall scoring rate this season is a very competitive 9.13, but their overall economy rate is 9.63!
Mumbai Indians, who have the additional burden of being the defending champions, will feel they have been hard done by after finishing on the wrong side of several last over finishes. MI though will take plenty of confidence from their performance in the previous match; the bowlers were disciplined and restricted the then table-toppers Chennai Super Kings to 169, after which the top order got firing and sealed the run-chase.
MI have some kind of momentum after the win in Pune, while RCB need to flush out from their memory their losses to CSK & KKR and create some momentum for themselves. Who will grab the two points at stake in this match?
When: May 1, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Short boundaries and high altitude makes the Chinnaswamy track a heaven for batters in the limited-overs formats. Many big scores have been posted and chased down with immense ease. While it?s a batting paradise in the shorter format of the game, the track tends to help the pacers in Test cricket. One of the few Indian grounds to boast of a pitch with plenty of spice, many pacers have loved exhibiting their wares in the five-day version of the game.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||28|
|Matches won bowling first||40|
|Average 1st Inns scores||169|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||148|
|Highest total recorded||263/5 (20 Ov) by RCB vs PWI|
|Lowest total recorded||82/10 (15.1 Ov) by RCB vs KKR|
|Highest score chased||207/5 (19.4 Ov) by CSK vs RCB|
|Lowest score defended||106/2 (8 Ov) by RCB vs CSK|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||22|
|Won by Royal Challengers Bangalore||8|
|Won by Mumbai Indians||14|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: L L W L L
Mumbai Indians: W L L W L
Last 5 Matches
MI have each of the last five contests.
With 16 wins from 24 games in head-to-head encounters, MI certainly have the edge over RCB, but the hosts would look to set the record straight and return the favour in a bid to return to winning ways.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Hopefully he’ll be back next game,” said Brendon McCullum in the post-match press conference in the early hours of Monday after another defeat for RCB.
If AB de Villiers makes full recovery, he can replace Colin de Grandhomme
Mustafizur Rahman could come in place of Ben Cutting, who at No. 8 is a wasted batting resource.
Royal Challengers Bangalore : Quinton de Kock (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Brendon McCullum, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Murugan Ashwin, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande
Mumbai Indians : Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Hardik Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Adam Milne
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers/Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme/Washington Sundar, Murugan Ashwin, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting/Mustafizur Rahman, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
AB de Villiers
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- Mumbai Indians haven’t lost at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium since 2013. They won four games in a row at the venue.
- Suryakumar Yadav has been involved in Mumbai’s highest partnership in six of their seven matches so far.
- The second spinner has been one of the many problem areas for RCB this season. While Yuzvendra Chahal has been the team’s most economical bowler this season (7.92), the other spinners – M Ashwin, Washington Sundar and Pawan Negi – have combined to concede 9.70 per over while picking up seven wickets at an average of 37.43.
- Since 2015, Rohit Sharma has averaged 44.9 and struck at 142.8 in matches Mumbai have won. In losses, the corresponding figures are 23.0 and 125.5, which tells you how much his team depends on his runs.
- The M Chinnaswamy Stadium is no longer the fortress it used to be. Since the start of the 2017 season, RCB have won only three of their 11 matches here. Where the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad has been the venue most congenial to the home side in this period (Sunrisers Hyderabad have won nine out of 11 games there), the Chinnaswamy has been the second-worst, behind the SCA Stadium in Rajkot, where Gujarat Lions lost four out of their five games last year