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IPL 2018 RCB vs MI Match Preview: Clash in bid to keep playoffs hopes alive

IPL 2018 RCB vs MI Match Preview: Clash in bid to keep playoffs hopes alive
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians will face-off today (Tuesday), and both of them will have to sustain their hopes of reaching the playoffs after winning the match. Till date, the journey of both teams has been similar. Both Mumbai and RCB have been able to win two each in 7 matches. The team led by Rohit Sharma is at sixth place on the basis of better run rate while Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore is at 7th position. The situation is that the side of the playoffs will be difficult for both teams to lose this match. Mumbai has won IPL Trophy in three times in his career, but the team’s players are not impressing this season.

In the last encounter at home of Mumbai, RCB lost the game by 46 runs, and this time Bangalore would like to take advantage of their home ground and want to change the calculations of the points table. However, the confidence of the RCB will have been deviated as it has lost both of their previous matches against Chennai and Kolkata. RCB would be praying for the return of Destructive batsman AB de Villiers, who did not play in the last match due to fever. Ab-De-Villiers has played an important role in the two matches, which they won easily. Apart from this, his bowlers and fielders will also have to play a better game.

Things are not different for Mumbai too. The problem of Mumbai is that none of his batsmen has been able to perform consistently except Suryakumar Yadav (274 runs). Captain Rohit Sharma has done a Winning Knock in two matches but has failed to cross the 20-run mark in the other five games. Pandya Brothers– Hardik and Krunal have bowled well, but they have to do well in batting too. Mumbai’s middle batting order is a big concern for their team, and if they overwhelmed it, they could win this match.

Probable XI: 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

Probable XI: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting/Mustafizur Rahman, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah

 

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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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