Bangalore v Mumbai, IPL 2012, Bangalore May 13, 2012

Mid-table scrap heats up


Match facts

Monday, May 14, 2012
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore have played a big role in spicing up the race for the playoffs. A big win over Kolkata Knight Riders featured a significant landmark for Rohit Sharma and an excellent start to Herschelle Gibbs' IPL season, giving Mumbai Indians reason to not tinker with their opening combination again. They are currently third in the points table and can go at least one spot up should they beat Royal Challengers, and reach a position of relative safety vis-à-vis the playoffs.

Royal Challengers have won three in a row, including a nine-wicket demolition of Mumbai Indians last week, and would be desperate to keep that run going. After facing Mumbai Indians, they take on toppers Delhi Daredevils - not the ideal team to be facing in the event of a must-win scenario or being at the mercy of net run-rates. Mumbai Indians are a formidable opponent themselves, and Royal Challengers, currently No.5, will do well to push them back to a position of insecurity.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: WWWLL
Mumbai Indians: WLWWW

Players to watch

Chris Gayle has taken the batting plaudits for Royal Challengers but his opening partner Tillakaratne Dilshan has been building up good form as well. His half-century against Pune Warriors was his third in six innings; he's also outshone Gayle on occasion. How will he face up to his team-mate, and the IPL's best bowler, Lasith Malinga?

Herschelle Gibbs took little time to show his worth to the Mumbai Indians side, stepping out to smash Brett Lee for three fours over extra cover in the space of four balls. He adapted well, ceding the floor to Rohit who was the more aggressive of the pair, and didn't show any signs of rustiness or discomfort despite having to sit out the bulk of his team's campaign.

Stats and trivia

  • Rohit Sharma's century against Knight Riders was the 22nd in the IPL and the eighth by an Indian in the tournament's history. His 167-run stand with Herschelle Gibbs was the third-highest in the IPL.
  • Pragyan Ojha has taken the most wickets for a left-arm spinner in the IPL - 69 in 63 matches. Daniel Vettori is third in the list, with 28 in 34 games. Brad Hogg and Ravindra Jadeja top the list this season with 10 each; Ojha has nine.


"But as far as talent and technique is concerned, I think Rohit is a little bit better than Virat."
Herschelle Gibbs

"The last two games, we have bowled well. The bowlers have stepped up and we are peaking at the right time which is good."
Virat Kohli

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ish on May 14, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Harbhajan and Munaf should be banned from cricket for their life. Miserable captaincy by Harbhajan and miserable bowling by Munaf. I don't mind his attitude, but such sick bowling again and again....this is ridiculous. Shame on Munaf and Harbahajan.

  • Ish on May 14, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I think Harbhajan and Munaf Patel both play only for the opposite team against MI. It's always been the case. This is 5th match, where I am again pointing out to everyone that harbhajan is making bad decisions on the field. There were 3 matches where he should have given peterson bowling because he had conceded 2 runs in an over on that pitch, but he didn't do it. He should have given Franklin the over because he had given only 4-5 runs in an over on that pitch. But he does not do all of that. Today, same with Smith, he was supposed to give smith the last over with only 10 runs from 2 overs. But he gives it to munaf bhai who usually plays for the other side and who had already given 21 runs in the earlier over to bowl the last over where he gave 24 runs. Excellent captaincy harbhajan. keep up the good work. You should never be selected in Indian team again.

  • Phani on May 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Its important that Kohli comes good with bat today. Its been while before his classy inningns. May be we can define this clash as "STYLISH VIRAT VS CLASSY ROHIT". Lets see who topples

  • krishna on May 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Mumbai indians won the three matches against royal challengers in this pitch.It's the revenge time for the mumbai indians team.

  • Ish on May 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I completely agree that RCB will win this match. But unfair to say that MI is solely dependent upon Malinga and RCB is solely dependent upon Gayle. As mentioned by someone every team has an "X" factor. So malinga is for MI and Gayle is for RCB. Both can single handedly win the match depending upon the pitch. Though in a case where Gayle fails, we have seen numerous times that RCB has struggled and even lost the tournament because of non-performance of Gayle despite being in the playing XI. Whereas, when Malinga is absent from playing XI, same is the situation with MI. But at the same time, it must be remembered that despite this, both teams have won matches without Gayle or without Malinga respectively. So don't be biased in your opinion. Play fair.

  • krishna on May 14, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Mumbai indians is going to win the match

  • Vignesh on May 14, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @team_india_rocks, same dialogue of urs, please rest gayle or sell gayle to some other franchise, and then play, then you will know where RCB lies on. They wont reach 120 runs. Ha ha ha

  • Vinod on May 14, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Valavan you are exactly rit!!!!! These MI Blokes are nothing without Malinga!!!! But if you see the recent matches won by RCB it is very evident that it is a team performance and not one man show....Every Team would have one 'X' Factor in their team but Bangalore have 2 of them(Gayle and AB) and dilshan is no mug with the bat and agrawal is silently playing his role and kohli off late is joining the party!!!!! SO MI,CSK,DD,KKR PACK UP!!!!!( I dont think Kings XI and Rajastan Royals would make it to the play offs) Go RCB!!!!!!!!

  • Ish on May 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    What happens if both teams get 1 point each. I think, it will make it unfair for many teams, if any of the matches go without result from now on. This will mean that MI will have to win one of two matches remaining and RCB will have to win all the remaining matches to qualify. So, I hope there is a match today and we do get a result from today's match. GOD Forbid, if it happens to be a five over match, RCB will surely win with a massive score. But, i doubt Gayle can be that effective in 20 overs (considering that now it has rained and the bowl will be skidding on the pitch)

  • Tienie on May 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    the Gayle storm and Mr cool @ calm AB will do it again

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