Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 5, 2014

RCB hold slight edge against Mumbai


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Match facts

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

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In their last meeting in Dubai, Royal Challengers Bangalore stomped all over an unsure Mumbai Indians, restricting the latter to 115 and then chasing it down with seven wickets to spare, despite being reduced to 17 for 3.

Both teams will meet on Tuesday at the Wankhede with similar wins in their previous games, wins that could easily have turned into defeats had it not been for individual performances and the teams are similar on many other counts, too. Mumbai and Royal Challengers have powerful line-ups on paper, but that potential has been inconsistent on the field, save for the odd knocks from their stars.

Bowlers from both sides have, given the opportunity, done well but have also found themselves defending a few sub-par totals. Royal Challengers bowlers, however, have had a better run than Mumbai, with the presence of genuine quicks in Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron and a legspinner in Yuzvendra Chahal.

Mumbai are likely to face up to Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Co, but they will be sweating on the fitness of Zaheer Khan, who is undergoing a fitness assessment after he left the field in the game against Sunrisers clutching his shoulder; Rohit Sharma said the team would "miss" Zaheer, on the eve of the game, so the signs are not good for him. Mumbai have the option of replacing him with young left-arm pacer Pawan Suyal or leaving out Ben Dunk in favour of one of their foreign pacers, Marchant de Lange, Josh Hazlewood or Krishmar Santokie.

Form guide (most recent first)

Mumbai Indians: WLLLL
Royal Challengers Bangalore: WLLLW

Watch out for…

The Russian roulette that is Mumbai's opening slot. They've had three different opening pairs in their last three matches - four in the tournament - and are still searching for a start that betters the 24-run stand Michael Hussey and Aditya Tare put on against Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening game. If Ben Dunk does play, they may want to continue with him and CM Gautam at the start, for the simply luxury of stability if nothing else.

With its quick outfield, and a batsmen-friendly track, a few Royal Challengers batsmen will be looking to find their groove at the Wankhede. One of them is Chris Gayle, who's shown glimpses of his destructive batting in the brief 20s he's made at the crease. Gayle has 108 runs from three games at this ground and his return to runs will come as immense relief to Royal Challengers fans

Stats and trivia

  • Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are the most successful pair in IPL, with 1436 partnership runs in 27 innings, which includes five century stands
  • Ambati Rayudu has the most runs against Royal Challengers from among the current Mumbai batsmen. In 10 games, he has 308 runs with two fifties at an average of 38.50

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on May 6, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    i guess its a nice move not to include an extra foreign bowler as it would have weaken the batting!!

  • o on May 6, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    @Gagg Really ? M.I problem is they have Indian accumulators like Rohit Tare and Raydu Hussey doesn't add to the balance of the team even if he performs what they need is someone who can go from ball 1 and give a quick start like Smith did for them giving momentum to the rest. Simmons has been a good T20 opener for years for Trinidad outperforming Dwayne Smith and last year in the first CPL he was top run scorer for Guyana before the finals so I don't know what you're talking about he's exactly what Mumbai need at the top to inject some adrenaline into this dead side that relies entirely on Pollard at the end to pull of miracles every game.

  • Ashok on May 6, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    MI's have a great challenge in putting a balanced XI on the field with ZAK's injury. They my need to expend 2 pros to make up the pace bowling- Malinga + De Lang/Santooki. This leaves them with just Pollard & Anderson as 2 other All rounder pros. Local seamers Bumrah/Suyal will be the third bowler + harbhajan the solo spinner. Gautam &Tare will be the WK candidates will have to play. Rest of the team is rather weak in batting with Rohit Sharma & Rayudu the only 2 experienced bats up front. The last spot is a toss up between Gopal & Ojha. So the entire team is rather weak & relies heavily on Pollard Anderson to be real all rounders. Hussey cannot find a spot because of bowling deficiencies require 2 Pros. as bowlers + 2 as all rounders. MI squad composition is unbalanced & egs the question what were the administrators thinking when they got rid of Maxwell & Johnson.RCB is well balanced strong team albeit little suspect in bowling. MI's best chance is to put up 200 & hope RCB collapse!

  • Android on May 6, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    MI may have the last chance to save the nominee of playoff against strong RCB

  • Android on May 6, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    mumbai will lose. poor batting team

  • Android on May 6, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    M I indians holds the home ground advange but don't forget gayle strom is coming soon it doesn't matter which opponents and ground ...

  • Android on May 6, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    toss will be important roll in this match. u won the toss and select the bowlling first.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Then what is the best possible solution? You have tried every possible combination yet you have failed, therefore leave this opening batsman dilemma and concentrate on the middle order. Another would be open with harbajan& rayadu. They get out early won't cost too much.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Hope MI win.... because well talented batsman there.

  • Android on May 6, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    my mi xi is 1.tare 2.c.gautam 3.Corey 4.rohit 5.rayudu 6.pollard 7.harbhajan 8.malinga 9.stankoie/hussey 10.suyal 11 ojha

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