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

Mid-table crisis for Bangalore


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.


    "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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  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2012, 14:00 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2012, 14:15 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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/

  • DINESH 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

  • Srisha 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 !!!!!

  • Ish 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'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.

  • Devon 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

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