On Tuesday night, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians, two of the last boys of Indian Premier League 2018 will lock horns at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Needless to say, it is going to be extremely crucial for both the teams, should they want to stay afloat in the race to secure a playoff spot this season.
Royal Challangers played their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the same stadium on Sunday. Batting first, they put 175 runs on the board, thanks to captain Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 68. But, then, as always, the bowling attack faltered and Chris Lynn guided his team all the way to victory with a sublime 62 not out. It was fifth defeat from seven games and Royal Challengers are now reeling at the seventh spot in the table.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, won their last match against in-form Chennai Super Kings. Rohit Sharma and co were set a target of 170, following Suresh Raina’s calm and composed 75 not out. Then, openers Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav had a fine start. Both scored in the 40s to provide the necessary support to the skipper, who later took his team to victory with a controlled knock of 56 not out. Mumbai Indians won the game with two balls to spare. Rohit will be looking forward to a similar performance on Tuesday.
The home side will surely make changes to the squad. AB de Villiers missed the last match due to illness, and he should be back to the starting lineup. Kohli’s decision to play Colin de Grandhomme and not giving him a single over in two matches was very surprising. Given the way Brendon McCullum batted in the last match, de Villiers might replace de Grandhomme while Manan Vohra may make way for a domestic bowler.
Mumbai Indians, however, need not worry a lot about the team combination. JP Duminy got his first start against Chennai, but he did not have to do a lot because of the top order’s magnificent performance. He should get another chance ahead of Kieron Pollard. Ben Cutting, on the other hand, will probably be dropped in favour of Mustafizur Rahman who has been very good in middle and death overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Quinton de Kock (Wk), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Murugan Ashwin, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.
Mumbai Indians: Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (Wk), JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman.
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