IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match preview: Mumbai is looking their first win

IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match preview: Mumbai is looking their first win
Written by Abhishek Lohia

The defending champion Mumbai Indians have a hat-trick of defeat in the 11th season of IPL and now they will face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the fourth match. Mumbai is to play this match at their home Wankhede Stadium, thus, Mumbai is desperate to break the order of its defeat. Mumbai is at the bottom of the points table after three losses. He had to beat Chennai Super Kings in the first match of the season after which Hyderabad defeated him in the second match. In the third match, Delhi Daredevils defeated him. The three matches were very close and went to the last over.

RCB has won only one out of three. In the fourth match, Mumbai will leave behind their old losses and try to make a new start. While playing in their home, it can also get the benefit of it. The batting order of Mumbai had completely failed in the first two matches and when their batsmen started performing well, their bowling failed. In such a situation, both the teams of the team need to work together to win the team. Captain Rohit will try to maintain balance in his team.

  •  A)Mumbai Indians Batting Strength

The strength of Mumbai’s batting is Ewin Lewis, Rohit and Kieron Pollard. the trio is extremely important for winning. At the same time Hardik Pandya, his brother, Kunal Pandya, can also perform in a stormy manner with the bat. Middle-order will be led by Pandya Brothers and Kieron Pollard, while Suryakumar Yadav and Lewis would open the attack.

  •  B)Mumbai Indians Bowling Strength

The team got new weapons this year in bowling. Leg-spinner Mayank Markande has proved to be very useful for the team yet. However, in some matches, he has not got support from the other end. Apart from Mayank, Akila Dhananjay is another good option for Mumbai. At the same time, the responsibility of supporting Jaspreet Bumrah is on the shoulders of Mustafizur Rahman. Rahman has bowled superb bowling in the last match. He has become a dead-on-the-line expert after Bumrah.

  • A)Royal Challengers Bangalore Batting Strength

Talking about Royal Challengers Bangalore, batting is their strength. The team has great batsmen like Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, who can change the game’s stand from anywhere. Bowling is a matter of concern for RCB.

  • B)Royal Challengers Bangalore Bowling Strength

Although Washington Sunder and Yuzvendra Chahal impressed a lot. In the last match against Rajasthan, Chahal had stopped the runs from his spin. This performance of Chahal came when the rest of the RCB bowlers were getting scratched. He has Kulwant Khaerolia, Chris Woakes in fast bowling option. Kohli can give chance to Mohammad Siraj in tomorrow’s match. Umesh Yadav will have to take responsibility for the rest of this department.

Record Which could be made in this match

  1. Virat Kohli needs 49 more runs to become the first player to score 5000 runs for a team in 20-overs cricket. He has 4951 runs from 158 innings for RCB at 37.50 (SR 131.53).
  2. Umesh Yadav needs four more wickets to become the fifth Indian pacer to take 100 wickets in IPL. He doesn’t have a good record against MI, having taken only eight wickets from 11 games.

Previous Record

  • Head to Head of teams
    MI 13 – 8 RCB
  • Team Record at that Wankhede
    MI 4 – 3 RCB

Mumbai Indians Probable XI: 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 Probable XI: 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


About the author

Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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