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Toss Winner - Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to bowl first
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets
Desperate Mumbai’s search for first points in the fourth game
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium , Pune, India | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Mumbai Indians find themselves in a difficult spot as they meet the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 18th game of the Indian Premier League 2022. Mumbai’s bowling attack was torn into pieces by Kolkata Knight Riders in the last game suffering another big loss. Royal Challengers Bangalore comes into this contest with back-to-back wins and the side is enjoying a confident run.
Mumbai Indians have lost all the three games they have played so far. They haven’t had it this bad since the 2015 season and this is likely to affect their confidence. A loss here might seal their fate for the rest of the tournament. RCB come here riding good form and it will be interesting to see if Mumbai can turn the tables around and earn their first points of the season in this game.
It has been two consecutive wins for Faf du Plessis’ team. The side comes here with a 4-wicket win against the Rajasthan Royals where they nearly threw it away before being rescued by the lower middle order. RCB skipper would be aware of the shaky start Mumbai has got and shall look to exploit it and improve his side’s position on the points table.
Faf du Plessis has been in good form and he will look to build a partnership opening the batting with Anuj Rawat. Middle-order is an area of concern for the side as Virat Kohli has struggled and the team would want him to add runs with Sherfane Rutherford and Glenn Maxwell who is expected to join the side in this game. Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik set up a match-winning stand in the last game and add strength to this line-up.
Mohammad Siraj has to show consistency with the new ball and support Maxwell who brings experience to the attack. Wanindu Hasaranga has his stocks high bowling good spells in most games. Harshal Patel is growing with experience and the side would like him to excel in this game and keep scoring under check.
Top Batsman – Faf du Plessis
Top Bowler – Wanindu Hasaranga
Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj, Anuj Rawat, Shahbaz Ahmed, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Faf du Plessis, David Willey, Akash Deep, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Wanidu Hasaranga
Three losses have hurt the campaign for Rohit Sharma’s side. They are low on confidence, and this was on display in the last game against KKR which they lost by 5 wickets. They blew it away with poor bowling towards the end. It is a straight equation now and they must win this game to improve their prospects for a place in the playoffs and Sharma needs to lead from the front.
Rohit Sharma has struggled with his form, and he needs to protect his wicket as he opens the batting with Ishan Kishan. Dewald Brevis and Suryakumar Yadav did well in their first game of the season, and they make the middle order strong with Tilak Varma. Kieron Pollard will be tasked to free his arms in the final overs as the side doesn’t have much depth in the lower middle order.
Their bowling attack was torn apart in the last game, and it was more than the one poor over Daniel Sams bowled. The side would desperately need early wickets from Basil Thampi and Jaspreet Bumrah. Jaydev Unadkat and Mayank Markande are likely to get an opportunity in this game and the side would expect a strong show from them. Tymal Mills had a poor outing against KKR, and he has to deliver the goods here.
Top Batsman – Rohit Sharma
Top Bowler – Jasprit Bumrah
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Jaydev Unadkat, Dewald Brevis, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi
Ramandeep Singh, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Dewald Brevis, Rohit Sharma, Murugan Ashwin, SA Yadav
We would see a warm evening at Pune on April 9 and the wicket is expected to be flat where batsmen will be able to play their strokes freely. There would be little assistance for the bowlers here. The side that bats first would have to target a score around the 180-run mark to win here.
MCA Stadium, Pune is known for being a batsman’s paradise as the surface here is flat and the outfield lightning fast and this allows batsmen to score runs freely. Fast bowlers haven’t fared well here in the past as the surface has very little for them. Spinners have done well since the ball can turn sharply on occasions.
It is a high-scoring venue where the flat surface allows batsmen to score runs easily. Teams have chased big scores at this venue in the past as setting one remains a big challenge for the side batting first. The side winning the toss here would like to bowl first and try and restrict the opposition to a small total.
Mumbai Indians face the toughest battle they have had in years. Three losses in a row have exposed their weakness, especially in the bowling department. The side has also struggled with the inconstancy of their batsmen. They must put all this behind them to win this game. RCB has momentum on its side a good bowling attack and they shall start slightly ahead of Mumbai in this game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win
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