Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012, Mumbai May 8, 2012

Mid-table crisis for Bangalore

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Match facts

Wednesday, May 9, Mumbai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Mumbai Indians face Royal Challengers Bangalore for the first time this season, thanks to the scheduling. The two heavyweights have met each other nine times in IPL and the record is almost even with five wins to Mumbai Indians.

Both teams were pre-tournament favourites, boasting intimidating batsmen and experienced bowlers. However, things haven't gone smoothly for either. Royal Challengers have five wins and five losses and they are lingering in mid-table, trying to push their way up. A loss in Mumbai will put them in a tight spot. Mumbai Indians have been slightly luckier with seven wins out of eleven, even though they have been inconsistent. Whereas, Royal Challengers have been overly dependent on the Gayle-de Villiers duo, Mumbai's batting has flickered between good and ordinary.

However, the difference between the teams is mainly in the potency of their bowling attacks. Mumbai Indians are the second most economical team, giving away 7.28 runs per over as against Royal Challengers' 8.47, the worst in the tournament. This has affected their ability to take wickets as they average 36.82 runs per wicket against Mumbai Indians' 21.80, the best among all the teams. No surprises here as Mumbai Indians also have three bowlers in the top ten list of leading wicket takers while Zaheer Khan, Royal Challenger's top bowler, is 18th. Royal Challengers addressed the issue by bringing back Muttiah Muralitharan in place of Daniel Vettori in their previous game and he responded with an economical spell, but lacked support from the other end.

Both teams have done better in chases with a few last-ball finishes. However, de Villiers, who has been critical in those situations, might find Lasith Malinga slightly trickier than Dale Steyn in such a situation. In any case, that sets the stage for interesting contests - Tendulkar-Muralitharan, Malinga-Gayle, Malinga-de Villiers.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Mumbai Indians: WWWLW
Royal Challengers Bangalore: WLLWW

Players to watch

AB de Villiers made Steyn look pedestrian, taking 23 runs off his last over. Overall, de Villiers has scored 292 runs at a strike-rate of 171.76. With no support from the Indian contingent in the team, the responsibility of setting up the pace would again be on him along with Chris Gayle.

Lasith Malinga has been taking wickets for fun. If he can break the Gayle-de Villiers combine -the spine of Royal Challengers' batting - that would be more than half the job done.

Stats and trivia

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore are the second fastest batting team behind Delhi Daredevils with a strike rate of 130.71. Mumbai Indians are the slowest with 114.27.
  • Royal Challengers have hit the most sixes in the tournament - 73. Most of them have come from Gayle (31) and de Villiers (14). Mumbai Indians have hit 51 sixes.
  • Three of Mumbai Indians' seven wins have come off the last ball. They also managed another tight win against Kings XI Punjab with only one remaining.

    Quotes

    "I told him [RP Singh] to give me the three balls that were left as I knew I could do it from there."
    Dwayne Smith, who smacked 14 runs off last three balls to win the game against Chennai Super Kings

    "I won't say I'm a finisher of the game. I can even get better hopefully as there's lots of room for improvement." "
    AB de Villiers

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 10, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Nice article Mr Author. I like the title. "Mid table crisis". Very nice.

  • on May 9, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Mumbai Indians will soon realize that they have made a huge mistake by deciding with Franklin to open batting for them. He is only a bits and pieces all-rounder strugling to earn a regular place in the New Zealand team and was never an opening batsman. On the other hand just because of Peterson's one- off match winning knock how can MI promote him higher in the batting order. Flukes would not repeat. You are a comparatively weeker batting side and I have my doubts of Mumbai Indian reaching the final stage of IPL with this batting line-up unless luck plays a miraculous role consistantly to save you from defeat. Very poor player selection for specific roles. Norman de Silva-Bahrain.

  • on May 9, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    is dilshan playing?? i hope so can anyone tell me the answer

  • on May 9, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Ah This Match Would be Another Nail Biting Match...Both Teamz Have Their Close Finishers ...But Mi Is Some How Weaker In Opening Their BaT wid franklin...Hm Give Chance To Levi..He Just Proved In 1st Match Of Ipl Against Csk...I he fails Let Him...Give Him All Chances ..So That He Wil Surely Come In to Form Like Gambhir Did With mccullem...Keep Levi 4 Every Match...He Wil SurelY Fire In Any match...Hope Mumbai Win TodaY's Match \m/

  • DINESHCC on May 9, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    ROHAN0309: Ya it is going to be tough for both RCB and CSK. But when you see the IPL results, excepting the 1st edition, in all the remaining editions the struggling 4th semi finalist only won the IPL

  • PerfectTen on May 9, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    It should be a good contest between teams studded with stars but not delivering good results. It's an opportunity for many big names on either side to prove their worth when it matters. For RCB, a lot will be expected of Virat and Zaheer who have struggled throughout this edition. For MI, similar focus would be on Harbhajan & Karthik who was bought at a huge premium. If the wicket is similar to the one played against CSK, the Bangalore boys will have the edge. In addition to Gayle & AB, even Dilshan seems to have found his bearings which is not a good news for any opposition. However, for the visitors, as rightly pointed out here, the biggest worry is their bowling. They need to get in Vinay to replace either Mithun or Prashanth P. Virat should show some confidence in the young Asad Pathan, if picked, to roll his arm for an over or two against the right handers. For MI, its time they gave a chance to Abu Nechim ahead of Munaf & push Rayudu to come in at 3.

  • Fawmy on May 9, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Question 1 : How to understand GIRLS? Question 2 : Who will open the batting for MUMBAI INDIANS?

    Guys, which is more difficult question? 1 or 2?

  • Fawmy on May 9, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Which means the comparison report says that MI will win the game? Is it? I don't agree with the writer but it's depending on performance on right time. Hopefully Gayle will move on the top to earn Orange Cap. AB will strike once again to send the balls out of the park. Murali will keep his respective economy. I would see the expression of Bajji after losing this match. RCB GOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!

  • IJ-IPL on May 9, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    today if (A) murali, Vettori and Gayle are playing for RCB and (B) Malinga, Pollard, Sachin are playing for MI....it's gonna be a contest we can't miss. both innnings have enough spice to enjoy. This is going to be fascinating contest and mind blowing. However, if feel with all this hype it's going to be once again a low-scoring match involving 120 runs chase and some idiotic performance by MI, where the captain again makes some stupid decisions and makes sure that MI losses the match. I hope harbhjan is kept under control during the match. I vote for RCB to win.

  • phendel on May 9, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    With an over-reliance on Gayle/AB/Dilshan RCB has left itself with only 1 spot for a foreign bowler.....if Kohli was in form one of these 3 batsmen would sit out every other game most likely.....RCB needs to buy one or two good indian bowlers at the next auction to be competitive again or have Kohli/Agarwal play longer innings to compliment 2 overseas batsmen....tht wud be the most balanced team in the IPL for me

  • on May 10, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Nice article Mr Author. I like the title. "Mid table crisis". Very nice.

  • on May 9, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Mumbai Indians will soon realize that they have made a huge mistake by deciding with Franklin to open batting for them. He is only a bits and pieces all-rounder strugling to earn a regular place in the New Zealand team and was never an opening batsman. On the other hand just because of Peterson's one- off match winning knock how can MI promote him higher in the batting order. Flukes would not repeat. You are a comparatively weeker batting side and I have my doubts of Mumbai Indian reaching the final stage of IPL with this batting line-up unless luck plays a miraculous role consistantly to save you from defeat. Very poor player selection for specific roles. Norman de Silva-Bahrain.

  • on May 9, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    is dilshan playing?? i hope so can anyone tell me the answer

  • on May 9, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Ah This Match Would be Another Nail Biting Match...Both Teamz Have Their Close Finishers ...But Mi Is Some How Weaker In Opening Their BaT wid franklin...Hm Give Chance To Levi..He Just Proved In 1st Match Of Ipl Against Csk...I he fails Let Him...Give Him All Chances ..So That He Wil Surely Come In to Form Like Gambhir Did With mccullem...Keep Levi 4 Every Match...He Wil SurelY Fire In Any match...Hope Mumbai Win TodaY's Match \m/

  • DINESHCC on May 9, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    ROHAN0309: Ya it is going to be tough for both RCB and CSK. But when you see the IPL results, excepting the 1st edition, in all the remaining editions the struggling 4th semi finalist only won the IPL

  • PerfectTen on May 9, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    It should be a good contest between teams studded with stars but not delivering good results. It's an opportunity for many big names on either side to prove their worth when it matters. For RCB, a lot will be expected of Virat and Zaheer who have struggled throughout this edition. For MI, similar focus would be on Harbhajan & Karthik who was bought at a huge premium. If the wicket is similar to the one played against CSK, the Bangalore boys will have the edge. In addition to Gayle & AB, even Dilshan seems to have found his bearings which is not a good news for any opposition. However, for the visitors, as rightly pointed out here, the biggest worry is their bowling. They need to get in Vinay to replace either Mithun or Prashanth P. Virat should show some confidence in the young Asad Pathan, if picked, to roll his arm for an over or two against the right handers. For MI, its time they gave a chance to Abu Nechim ahead of Munaf & push Rayudu to come in at 3.

  • Fawmy on May 9, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Question 1 : How to understand GIRLS? Question 2 : Who will open the batting for MUMBAI INDIANS?

    Guys, which is more difficult question? 1 or 2?

  • Fawmy on May 9, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Which means the comparison report says that MI will win the game? Is it? I don't agree with the writer but it's depending on performance on right time. Hopefully Gayle will move on the top to earn Orange Cap. AB will strike once again to send the balls out of the park. Murali will keep his respective economy. I would see the expression of Bajji after losing this match. RCB GOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!

  • IJ-IPL on May 9, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    today if (A) murali, Vettori and Gayle are playing for RCB and (B) Malinga, Pollard, Sachin are playing for MI....it's gonna be a contest we can't miss. both innnings have enough spice to enjoy. This is going to be fascinating contest and mind blowing. However, if feel with all this hype it's going to be once again a low-scoring match involving 120 runs chase and some idiotic performance by MI, where the captain again makes some stupid decisions and makes sure that MI losses the match. I hope harbhjan is kept under control during the match. I vote for RCB to win.

  • phendel on May 9, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    With an over-reliance on Gayle/AB/Dilshan RCB has left itself with only 1 spot for a foreign bowler.....if Kohli was in form one of these 3 batsmen would sit out every other game most likely.....RCB needs to buy one or two good indian bowlers at the next auction to be competitive again or have Kohli/Agarwal play longer innings to compliment 2 overseas batsmen....tht wud be the most balanced team in the IPL for me

  • RashmiD on May 9, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    The schedule this year has been most peculiar - some teams have played both their home and away games against each other while there are teams that are yet to play against each other.

  • IJ-IPL on May 9, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I think we can easily play with 7 batsmen considering that we now have dawyne smith. Our batting problems looks solved. Does this batting line look good for MI: 1) Sachin, 2)Rayudu, 3)Rohit Sharma, 4)Dinesh Karthik, 5)Pollard, 6)Peterson, 7)Dwayne Smith, 8)Harbhajan Singh (Loser), 9)Malinga, 10)RP Singh/Munaf Patel, 11)Ojha. If Gibbs has recovered, then we can rest Peterson/Dwayne to get Gibbs to open with Sachin and flow accordingly. 2 West Indian batsmen in the middle order would be an excellent strategy and makes MI batting look slightly dangerous for a change.

  • Rohan0309 on May 9, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    It's going to be tough going for RCB and CSK. Even if MI manages to win 2 out of their next 5, only 1 among CSK and RCB will be able to go thru the play-offs. Not to mention RR & KXIP breathing down their necks.

  • jb633 on May 9, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    May 08 2012, 20:56 PM GMT) - you don't have a screen name but I really like your comparisons. Well thought out and highly accurate. Fair play mate

  • Abhilash19 on May 9, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Finally heard that Gibbs is fit to play.If Fit Gibbs should Open Wid Sachin.He is a experienced player and a great fielder.D Karthik has played all matches so far and aint that useful.He should be rested Rayadu shld keep and SK Yadav should get a chance. Sachin,Gibbs,Sharma,Rayadu,SK Yadav,Franklin,Smith,Harbhajan,Malinga,RP,Munaf.

  • on May 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    With the bowling issues they've had why would RCB leave out someone as economic as Vettori. Ok hes not taking alot of wickets but hes is creating pressure from 1 end giving the other bowlers a chance to strike from the other.

    Franklin and Tendulkar seem to be MI's best opening pair at the moment, shame Levi's done squat. GO MI!!

  • sajidrock on May 9, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    MI opening is not been that good in the whole tournament, there opener batsman are struggling and they are very much expecting from Rohit Sharma who has been in outstanding form and he is a class player, he & Virat are the future of the Indian teams, Harbhajan should sit for few games and hand over the captaincy to Sachin or Rohit as he is out of form in both batting and bowling. Today's match is going to be one of the best match of IPL, both tigers will face each other and the team which will perform well will win but my support to MI.

  • VixV on May 9, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Hi Dev, nice article.....I just have one question for Mumbai. They have been facing so many problems at the opening department other then The Great Sachin Tendulkar, they experimented many players, they bought Blizzard, Levi and I am sure Davy Jacobs too for that slot and I think now Bhajji feel satisfied with Franklin opening with Sachin. But its not gonna help them in long run of this IPL session, I believe that they shud play more Gibbs as an opener as he is a genuine and natural opener and also a good fielder too. Playing Gibbs, Malinga, Dwayne Smith (untill Pollard is not fit) and Franklin wud be a great combination.

  • satish619chandar on May 9, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    If there is a choice between Levi and Franklin, i would be picking Franklin for sure.. Levi is yet to be declared a decent bat in all conditions.. Franklin is far more good bat and he can bat long.. MI has decent enough hitters in their order and all they need to do is to prevent a collapse which will make the hitters to do consolidation job.. Franklin will avoid it and ll make the other guys play their natural game..

  • on May 9, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    2 over-hyped teams RCB, MI (and even CSK) struggling to assure place in top-4. Ridiculous ! For me, true winners are - RR and KXIP. Both teams have been giving tough fight to their oppositions despite having less known players.

  • on May 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Is malinga a better bowler than steyn??? Malinga don't play test cricket. Malinga has got a great yorker that works in limited over cricket. What is his record in test cricket. He maybe the best one day bowler but not in all forms. Just like you get good one day batsmen and they score runs on those flat wickets but when they play test cricket they strugle because there is movement.

  • SasiGladi on May 9, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    It would be good if both teams win one match each aganist each other so that they cannot run high in points tables and become out of reach it will add more spice in permutation and combination...

  • on May 9, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    AB De Villiers should bat 3 in the RCB team. Yours best batsmen should get the most overs to more effective. More balls faced means more runs scored. Some of the indian players should start adding value to the teams. Alot of them are overpriced.

  • on May 9, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    keep munaf patel out of today's match . poor fielding and poor bowling. mine MI team for today : tendulkar, levi, sharma,raydu,karthik,smith,pollard, harbhajan,rp singh, mallinga,ozha. if pollard is not fit then play franklin .

  • on May 9, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    I support Both of the teams. I support MI for Batting genius and Malinga. And I support RCB for AB. But Today I want RCB to win to keep them in the contest. Best of luck for RCB.

  • StevieS on May 9, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Bruisers "Franklin needs to be far more aggressive...", pretty sure he has been told to try and build a platfrorm and not play high risk shots.

    People also seem to have short memories when it comes to Franklin, he has won them plenty of games over the last 2 seasons, they wouldn't of won the champions league if it wasn't for his innings. I wouldn't open with him though, he is the sort of guy you want down the order to see them home.

  • on May 9, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    MI should open with Sachin & Rayadu, they both can be watch full and aggressive at the same time.

  • rsurya on May 9, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Even if gibbs fit play levi at the top, even a slow and steady franklin goes out for 1 run, then whats the meaning in leaving out levi. Dont rely always on probability and statistics.

  • on May 9, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    MI strength is bowling and RCB strength is in batting. So comparison does not make sense.

    Real match would be played in an inning where MI bowls and RCB bats

    If MI bowler can restrict RCB batsman, they will win, or else if RCB able to put up decent total, they can defend against inconsistent bating line up of MI.

  • on May 9, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    RCB has a Strong Team on Paper...Mumbai Indians Crush the Gayle n co...

  • ayush.dhurka on May 9, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    This IPL has clearly shown the advantages of having an Indian captain. It gives you the flexibility to rotate the international players according to the situation without creating any sort of conflict in the team. Being an RCB supporter, I just hope they sort these issues out soon.

  • AK_81 on May 9, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Wondering after IPL.....wat will b d team of WEST INDIES for the T20 Worldcup in SL.....IPL best players for each team has one west indian in his team to start With RCB------Night mare for ne Bowler CHRIS GAYLE, MI--------POLLARD n now D SMITH whewww........KKR--------the bowler of the tournament SUNIL NARINE,CSK--------D BRAVO.DC---------DARREN BRAVO, PWI-------MARLON SAMEULS, RR--------KEVON COOPER.DD-----ADNRE RUSELL......likes of SAMMY, CHANDERPAUL KEAMR RAOCH ,FIDEL EDWARDS whhhheeewwww tat would b team to beat in World T20 cup in SL

  • gnshkini on May 9, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    i hope rcb wins coz the 2 spots will still be open

  • anubhavargal on May 9, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Vetorri & Murali should play for RCB tonight. Will add to the bowling as RCB has been struggling in that department. Pujara should open with Gayle. Mayank, Virat, ABD & Saurabh to follow.

  • shakrishnan78 on May 9, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Very good match it is important to RR,CSK,KXIto watch,if Gayle and AB fires it will be not good for MumIndians!Any way another exciting match on the way..

  • Bruisers on May 9, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Franklin needs to be far more aggressive during the Powerplay. Also MI must play 7 batsmen. I guess Pollard will be playing today, so that solves the problem.. Also have a strong feeling that GAYLE will look to target one of the spinners, possibly OJHA/PETERSON. So MI need to play just the one spinner - Bhajji. The playing XI should be - Franklin, Tendulkar, Sharma, Karthik, Pollard, Rayudu, Smith, Harbhajan, Malinga, Patel, RP/Kulkarni

  • arun141 on May 9, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    I don't agree with f that MI can be out from play offs because they have won the matches as a team. You remember any team having such closest matches than MI and have won and every time the win came from different player. So CSK have a very tough competition because they have got only four matches to play and they have to win at least 3 of them.In playoffs will be DD, KKR, MI, RR/KxiP

  • on May 9, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    THIS IS THE BEST MATCH OF THE IPL SERIES .. BOTH SUMOs ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIFE & DEATH !! BOTH BEING EVENLY MATCHED IN ALL DEPTS OF THE GAME, BOOKIES SHOULD MAKE A FAST BUCK ??

  • sajidrock on May 9, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    MI are going strong, don't forget they have won 3 matches in last ball, they have a very good batting side but the openers are struggling Gibbs return can give them a cracking start if MI bats first they have to put at least 180 plus

  • on May 9, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    AB must bat 3. Currently he is the best batsmen in the world and thus needs to face the most balls , irrespective of which format he is playing

  • rsurya on May 9, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    If mumbai opens with franklin today then no use of watching the match, its better to watch a test match.

  • on May 9, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    simple equation..mi meets rcb and kkr twice and rr once whereas rcb face mi twice and dd twice and pwi once if rcb,kkr,mi are in bother fighting each other for play off spot.wheras csk has to face rr,kx11,dd,kkr,once,so mi and rcb has potetial to be out of play off my play off is kkr,dd,csk,rr

  • secondopinion on May 9, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Mumbai bowling looks classy only when Malinga is there. We all saw how MI performs without Malinga and Sachin. In this way, it is hardly different than RCB's reliance on Gayle and ABdV. This match too will depend upon whether Malinga can quell Gayle and ABdV or not.

  • sunny.patel86 on May 9, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    MI should go with 1.Sachin 2.Karthik 3.Rohit 4.Franklinn 5.Rayadu 6.Pollard 7.Smith 8.Harbhajan 9.Malinga 10.Munaf 11.Ohja Karthik should open, so that flanklinn goes to middle order and bring back pollard is he is fit. If Pollard misses due to injury then give Gibbs chance to play and open with him.

  • Robin-Hood on May 9, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    lets see malinga vs AB De villiers, then we can see who's the best bowler steyn or malinga. what do u say guys.

  • chilledman10 on May 9, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Is it even Statistically or mathematically possible for mumbai indian to post a win to be second placed above Delhi daredevils? What margin or in how many overs do they need to win this- to be at second placed?- anyone...?

  • MANKIRAN on May 9, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Not sure about availability of Pollard or Gibs. If any one of them is available should make place in XI in place of Peterson. Addition of Dwayne Smith has given a solid option to MI as now they have 3 allrounders in team. I thinks if Gibs is fit, he should open with Sachin, followed by Rohit, Rayudu, and others. If Pollard is fit then Kartik is good option in opening slot. He has done well in the past for DD. My Playing XI shall be 1.Sachin, 2.Smith 3. Rohit 4. Rayudu 5. Pollard 6. Kartik 7.Franklin 8.Harbhajan 9. RP Singh 10.Malinga 11. Munaf. This Seems to be gr8 combination, if Pollard is not fit Gibs should open with Sachin. But believe me some time around Pollard and Dwayne at crease will be nightmare for opposition. Let's hope for the best, but today;s match will surely be a cracker.

  • on May 9, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Whats the news with Pollard ? is he Match fit ? If he plays today, it will be MI today.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 9, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    hoping for a mi win . this will help RR & KXIP also .

  • IJ-IPL on May 9, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    I don't have one word (like RCB fans) but instead I have a few list of words (Ha...ha..ha..): Malinga, Tendulkar, Dwayne, Pollard and Peterson. BEAT THAT. Now, if words and names win matches then MI clearly wins. But since it's performance that matters I think RCB will surely win today the match. Mumbai's batting order has zero consistency, so you will never know when they come crashing down to 92 or when they will chase 205 runs to win in 20 overs. So let's hope there is an excellent contest between both teams. I keep my fingers crossed but have a very strong feeling that RCB will win and thereby adding more spice to the remaining matches before the play-offs.

  • on May 9, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    mumbai is only half good without the chucker malinga

  • on May 9, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    RCB should open the batting with Virat Kohli (Who has trashed Malinga in the past) and Dilshan (Who has batted against Malinga a lot). Then bring in the mighty Gayle - AB duo when things settle down. And we should also give the 1st over to Murli / Vettori (Whoever plays), i think they can take a wicket there.

  • on May 9, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    one word Chris gayle.but rcb bowling very very poor.

  • on May 9, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    MI should replace Peterson with blizzard & move Franklin in to middle order...

  • on May 9, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Kalpesh Patel : very nice comparison of teams...CSK is going down a bit..but that what happening to aussie cricket too..not the same team anymore!!

  • on May 9, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Mumbai has a tough road ahead now,,,, 1 with RR at Jaipur 2 with KKR and 2 with RCB . But the good thing is that 2 win out of 5 would see them through comfortably. Am really keen to see Smith and Pollard bat in tandem. Mumbai must open with Levi.... instead of franklin.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 9, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    I think the most important point of this match is that nobody cares about the actual outcome, its more about the mini battles. It will be Malinga vs Dilshan/Gayle/AB and it will be Murali (if he's in the team) vs Tendulkar/Rohit. Should be a cracker of a match. Imagine if Malinga wins this for his team, what a player he is. And likewise, imagine if AB De Villiers still manages his vein of form. Should be great contest coming up

  • satish619chandar on May 9, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    RCB my favorites as Mumbai have been very vunerable this season where a couple of games were ultimate miracles from Rayudu/Peterson once and freaky Smith once.. Can MI go past Gayle and ABD? Will Captain Kohli fire? All RCB need to do is, bat out first 10 for 70 odd with either Gayle or Dilshan staying.. They can reach anywhere close to 200 for sure..

  • on May 9, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    sachin in super form mumbai will win

  • on May 9, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    With bowling being an issue RCB really should be playing both vettori and murali at once. Vettoris economy and pressure will only serve to aid murali in taking wickets or vice versa. With just Murali alone he is being played out cautiously just like Vettori was.

  • on May 9, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    well said kaplesh... nd i think rcb gonna win tonight....

  • on May 9, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Bangalore should play Murali and Vettori if economy is the problem - Vettori has been frugal all season. Pity they also have Dilshan, Gayle and DeVilliers

  • on May 9, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Guys what's the News about Pollard injury??? Will he be available 4 2day's match??????????

  • SurlyCynic on May 8, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Kalpesh Patel: Love the comparison. Rather harsh on Deccan though as at least some of their losses were close!

  • on May 8, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    This is FANTASTIC! and i have rarely seen somthing so well described! good job!

  • on May 8, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    MUMBAI INDIANS :- INDIA (All matches of it are nail bitter , no of big name but never play to there full credential or stength) CHENNAI SUPER KINGS :- AUSTRALIA (Win each and every tournaments which comes in there way , 2 times IPL champions 1 time ICL champions) ROYAL CHALLENGE BANGLORE :- SOUTH AFRICA (Goes in each tournament as a favorite but choked at the crucial stage of the tournament ) DELHI DAREDEVILS :- SRILANKA (A team which look for team efforts to win matches ,always play well in home territory and against spinners ) RAJASTHAN ROYALS :- ENGLAND (A team which depend on tactics right from the beginning , also show who classical way t20 should be played ,never underdogs or never favorites ) KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS :- PAKISTAN (One day they can play like a tiger against any team and another day they may perform like an associates , truely inconsistent team of ipl history) DECCAN CHARGERS :-BANGLADESH (Highly depend on their one or two key players t

  • xylo on May 8, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Mumbai Indians might have used up all of their lucky cards. My prediction is that it will be downhill for them from here.

  • on May 8, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    This statistics will not help to make any comparism, The reason for RCB's worst bowling average and better batting average is, this year Bangalore is the most batting friendly wicket in IPL. One thing is sure is RCB is the most under performed side so far this year. other thing which ever team's captiain is performing team is performing and which ever team's captain is failling team is failling.

  • Gio_Mac on May 8, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Finally I manage to enjoy reading a well written article from espncricinfo. I can't agree more with Mr Fuloria when he says the difference between the two teams is in the potency of their bowling attacks. I think Malinga at the end will make the difference and Indians will prevail. I am looking forward to the match...

  • betubond on May 8, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    this is real royal rumblr rcb have ,two great batsman who can play better,malinga ten anybody dilshan and kohli,,mi suffered with batting rcb suffered with bowling,,,,for play off mi chances is difficult they have mathces with good team

  • on May 8, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    I like Chris gayle, but it will be interesting to see what rcb do if he fails. Also de villiers is bound to fail soon. Go tendulkar

  • on May 8, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Bangalore pitch is the the most batting friendly pitch in IPL. that is the reason for RCB's worst economic bowling rates and their better batting averages . This statistics will not help to make any use ful comparism. But one thing is sure RCB is the most under performed team sofar in this IPL. So far this IPL has proved some thing if the captain is performing Team is performoing if the captaain fails team is failling.

  • on May 8, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    What sort of pitch is expected for bangalore in mumbai coz fast bouncing track cause severe problem for mumbai as gayle n de villiers r in good form. So i reckon this time also mumbai wil go with spinning track to have impact on royal challenger's foreign recruits as they have specialised as like as pietersen,vajji n ojha even rohit sharma can round his arm if it is necessary. Let's see what sort of track mumbai indians include for such high voltage. Sometime cricket is all about tactics

  • Iamsorrybut on May 8, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    How long is RCB gonna depend on CG & AB ? If others do not wake up it will be good bye...RCB. Their performance as a team has been sluggish this season, they look like a ligher without butane, you can see the spark but not the flame.

  • SurlyCynic on May 8, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Now that Vettori has dropped himself, when will the out-of-form Kohli make a similar move and drop down the order to allow AB more time at the crease?

  • on May 8, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Epic battle... Malinga vs Kholi,De Villiers ...wow Khan vs sachin,rohit.....Murali vs sachin...grr8 battle of the gr8est players.. hope dili will fire..4..rcb

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  • on May 8, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Epic battle... Malinga vs Kholi,De Villiers ...wow Khan vs sachin,rohit.....Murali vs sachin...grr8 battle of the gr8est players.. hope dili will fire..4..rcb

  • SurlyCynic on May 8, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Now that Vettori has dropped himself, when will the out-of-form Kohli make a similar move and drop down the order to allow AB more time at the crease?

  • Iamsorrybut on May 8, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    How long is RCB gonna depend on CG & AB ? If others do not wake up it will be good bye...RCB. Their performance as a team has been sluggish this season, they look like a ligher without butane, you can see the spark but not the flame.

  • on May 8, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    What sort of pitch is expected for bangalore in mumbai coz fast bouncing track cause severe problem for mumbai as gayle n de villiers r in good form. So i reckon this time also mumbai wil go with spinning track to have impact on royal challenger's foreign recruits as they have specialised as like as pietersen,vajji n ojha even rohit sharma can round his arm if it is necessary. Let's see what sort of track mumbai indians include for such high voltage. Sometime cricket is all about tactics

  • on May 8, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Bangalore pitch is the the most batting friendly pitch in IPL. that is the reason for RCB's worst economic bowling rates and their better batting averages . This statistics will not help to make any use ful comparism. But one thing is sure RCB is the most under performed team sofar in this IPL. So far this IPL has proved some thing if the captain is performing Team is performoing if the captaain fails team is failling.

  • on May 8, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    I like Chris gayle, but it will be interesting to see what rcb do if he fails. Also de villiers is bound to fail soon. Go tendulkar

  • betubond on May 8, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    this is real royal rumblr rcb have ,two great batsman who can play better,malinga ten anybody dilshan and kohli,,mi suffered with batting rcb suffered with bowling,,,,for play off mi chances is difficult they have mathces with good team

  • Gio_Mac on May 8, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Finally I manage to enjoy reading a well written article from espncricinfo. I can't agree more with Mr Fuloria when he says the difference between the two teams is in the potency of their bowling attacks. I think Malinga at the end will make the difference and Indians will prevail. I am looking forward to the match...

  • on May 8, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    This statistics will not help to make any comparism, The reason for RCB's worst bowling average and better batting average is, this year Bangalore is the most batting friendly wicket in IPL. One thing is sure is RCB is the most under performed side so far this year. other thing which ever team's captiain is performing team is performing and which ever team's captain is failling team is failling.

  • xylo on May 8, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Mumbai Indians might have used up all of their lucky cards. My prediction is that it will be downhill for them from here.