The Royal Challengers Bangalore willA�play their second home game of the season. They have got a big boost ahead of their clash against the Mumbai Indians. Regular skipper Virat Kohli has been declared match fit and is all set to get on board for the match.
However, going by the recent form of the two teams, the Mumbai Indians surely hold the upper edge in the match. Mumbai have won their last two matches in fine fashion after having lost their season opener. On the other hand, the RCB have had an up and down ride in the tournament thus far.
In Kohlia��s absence, AB de Villiers made his presence felt as he smashed his way to an unbeaten 89 off just 46 balls to help RCB post a respectable 148-4 on his comeback match after recovering from an injury. The single-handed show by the South African, however, couldna��t save the blushes of his team as RCB went down by eight wickets to Kings XI Punjab in their last match.
The poor form of Chris Gayle is also a concern for RCB. The West Indian power-hitter has been struggling to carve out big scores, which is reflected in his failure to score even one half century in his last 10 innings. Gayle will hopeA�to make a comeback in the team.
Among bowlers, seamer Billy Stanlake and spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi have been among wickets.
Mumbai Indians dominated with both bat and ball to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets on Wednesday. MI restricted SRH to 158-8 in 20 overs and then achieved the target in 18.4 overs losing six wickets along the way.
Nitish Rana has been the most successful batsmen for Mumbai as he returned with scores such as 34, 50, 45 in the last three matches.
Hardik Pandya delivered in first two matches with the bat. His brother Krunal was in business with the ball against KKR and Hyderabad. With Kieron Pollard not in good form, Mumbai might look to give Asela Gunaratne a chance. Gunaratne can bowl decent medium pacers and also chip in with vital runs with the bat.
Among bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan were among wickets in last match.
Head to Head :
Matches : 19
RCB – 8 , MI – 11
Chris Gayle; Virat Kohli (C); AB de Villiers; Shane Watson; Kedar Jadhav; Mandeep Singh; Stuart Binny; Pawan Negi; Tymal Mills; Yuzvendra Chahal; Aniket Choudhary.
Parthiv Patel (wk); Jos Buttler; Rohit Sharma (C); Nitish Rana; Kieron Pollard; Krunal Pandya; Hardik Pandya; Harbhajan Singh; Mitchell Johnson; Lasith Malinga; Jasprit Bumrah.