Chris Gayle, the so called colossus from RCB was missing in the match againgst Delhi Daredevils due to a back issue. Nic maddison came in, scoring only four runs. The foreign contingent of the Royal Challengers Bangalore have always been their strength. This year, Albie Morkel and Mitchell Starc have added to the squad with Gayle and AB de Villiers. Not having the best of debuts in the IPL, the Australian, Mitchell Starc will most likely get a chance against Mumbai.
While Kohli is world class batsman, the rest of the Indians in the side have often struggled to the National XI. But on Thursday, Bangalore's lower-profile players stepped up.Bangalore's bowlers restricted the Delhi batsmen to 145 on a track that was considered to be prime for a 170- plus total. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal with one wicket for 18 runs in four overs was awarded the Man of the Match. With fine 52 runs for 29 balls with three fours and five sixes, Yuvraj Singh vanquished all the obscenity.
RCB will mostly keep the rest of the playing XI in continuation of the winning combination being the order of the day. Parthiv being the wicketkeeper and Varun Aaron is expected to continue his good show. The Indian fast bowler took one wicket for nine runs in three overs. The selection of Ashok Dinda is a mighty concern. Dinda has received heavy treatment from the batsmen continuously over the past few years. He gave 51 runs against Delhi in his full quota of overs. The spin bowlers being quite successful in the Middle East, RCB might be temted to play left- armer Shadab Jakati.
Even after fielding a strong side against Kolkatta, Mumbai just did'nt perform on the day. New signing Michael Hussey and Corey Anderson were unimpressive even being the quality players. Hopefully will show their ability sooner than later. With excellent bowling, Zaheer Khan is back. Lasith Malinga was exceptional with the ball, but one dropped return catch of Jacques Kallis proved costly. Probably, Mumbai Indians are the best fieldind unit in IPL as showcased by Anderson with a brilliant catch of Kallis later, but ine T20 cricket a missed moment can and did cost Mumbai the match.
Unlike RCB, the Indian contingent has always been ver y strong for Mumbai. They are led by Rohit Sharma followed by Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha. With 48 runs, Ambati Rayudu batted well against Kolkatta. As talent is something which Mumbai is not lacking, Aditya Tare and CM Gautam should try to grab their opportunities as soon as they can. The West Indian, Kieron Pollard, is a phenomenon and on a day can swing matches.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians are the two glamour sides in IPL and contests against each other have always been facinating. On ecannot predict which way the match will go, but the team which wants it more could walk away with the win.
Royal Challengers Bangalore :
Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Parthiv Patel, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mitchell Starc, Ravi Rampaul, Vijay Zol, Sachin Rana, Yogesh Takawale, Nic Maddinson, Sandeep Warrier, Tanmay Mishra, Harshal Patel, Shadab Jakati, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaron, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mumbai Indians :
Rohit Sharma, Aaditya Tare, Michael Hussey, Sushant Marathe, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Ben Dunk, Josh Hazlewood, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Shreyas Gopal, Jalaj Saxena, CM Gautam, Krishmar Santokie, Marchant de Lange, Jasprit Bumrah, Apoorv Wankhede, Pawan Suyal.