IPL: RCB win toss, elect to bowl against MI

Wednesday, 18 Apr, 2018

It can't hurt to win now, though, and both teams have some pressing concerns they need to address.

It was MI's first score in excess of 200 in four games this season. MI got off to a horrific start after being 0-2 after the first 2 balls of their innings. It was yet another challenge to the claim of this being their most balanced team. With RCB depending on skipper, Virat Kohli who recently impressed the RCB's fans with exceptional strokes. Will it be Rohit, McClenaghan, Markande? or nemesis Kohli, Chahal, Anderson? But Mumbai Indians haven't yet won a single match this season, to prove its prowess. All of these three are lower middle order pinch-hitters who can also give you four overs with the ball. There will be so much pressure against RCB.

After enjoying a 32-run partnership with Kohli, Chris Woakes was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah for 11 runs, bringing Umesh Yadav in at number nine. Judging on that performance, we are going to see a lot more of the Englishman.

RCB too have their bowling to blame for their two losses this season. So, bowling was the only solution for them. The aggressive style batsman still has to get his touch back.

Against a side packed with power-hitters like Kohli, A.B. De Villiers and Brendon McCullum, Sharma's exploits with the bat could prove to be the deciding factor. Just after that, Mandeep also got run out in the same over. Another one for Yadav! If he breaks free, Mumbai will have a tough time controlling the runs.

That stoppage did little to affect Kohli's concentration, as the captain continued his one-man assault on the Mumbai attack. He finished the series with another failure in the last match in Centurion.

Rohit Sharma slammed a 52-ball 94 as he launched a remarkable recovery for Mumbai Indians who had been reduced to 0/2 off the first two balls of their innings. All of this makes Mumbai very top heavy, tapering off after Sharma at 4. Two in tow for Umesh Yadav. Despite one failure, both bowlers are still lethal threats for the oppositions. They have tried playing McClenaghan, Cutting, and now Dananjaya, and it has not worked. All in all, KKR will need more than one player to perform against the Delhi Daredevils today, if they want their second victory of the tournament. The run chase was anchored by two South African batsmen, AB de Villiers (57) and Quinton de Kock (45) as they added 54 runs for the third wicket. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians would be hoping for Ishan Kishan to recover from the nasty blow he suffered in the face owing to a throw by Hardik Pandya which bounced awkwardly from the ground.

Rohit termed it as a ideal game for them. The last time Bangalore won against Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium was in 2015, where the head to head record stands at 4-3 in Mumbai's favour.