Our prediction is Mumbai Indians to win the Match!
Host Royal Challengers Bangalore will be keen to make amends of their poor form when they take on Mumbai Indians in the 7th game of Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bengaluru on Thursday.
Virat Kohli-led unit will be keen to make a strong comeback after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Reigning champions Chennai Super Kings. The franchise will need to figure out their best combination to get back to winning ways.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians also lost their opening game of the competition against Delhi Capitals. Rohit Sharma and co. will need to make improvements with bat and ball in order to register their first win of the competition.
The franchise got off to a worse possible start to their campaign with a humiliating defeat suffered at the hands of Chennai Super Kings. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will certainly be hoping for better batting conditions after being dismissed for just 70 runs on a pitch that offered variable bounce.
Parthiv Patel was the only player in the batting lineup to reach double figures in the previous game played against Chennai Super Kings. Wicket-keeper batsman worked hard for his runs and scored 29 off 35 balls with the help of two boundaries.
The team will be depending on the likes of Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers and Shimron Hetymer to deliver runs with the bat. The batting trio failed to make an impression with the bat in the previous game. With the excellent batting conditions expected in Bengaluru, Kohli and De Villiers will be keen to deliver runs with the bat. All-rounders Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube and Colin de Grandhomme will need to improve their game with the bat and ball against Mumbai Indians.
On a sluggish surface in Chennai, Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal produced an excellent spell of bowling and conceded just six runs from his four overs. He also picked up the big wicket of Shane Watson, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj and Moeen Ali also bowled well in the opening game played against Chennai Super Kings.
Virat Kohli (c), AB De Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, Shimron Hetmyer, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav.
M Siraj, Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Dube, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, NA Saini
Three-time Champions also suffered a 37-run defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals in their opening fixture played at Wankhede Stadium. It all went wrong from start as Mumbai won the toss and opted to field first on a placid pitch.
Chasing 214 runs to win, openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock got the side off to good start and failed to go on to get a big score for the side. Sharma scored 14 off 13 balls with the help of two boundaries.
Mumbai will be hoping that Sharma can deliver runs with the bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore. De Kock looked good with the bat in his first appearance for the franchise. He also failed to capitalize on a good start and scored 27 runs in the opening game played against Delhi Capitals.
Yuvraj Singh was standout performer for Mumbai Indians in the batting department in the opening game played against Delhi Capitals. Left-handed batsman scored 53 off 35 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. Yuvraj will be keen to continue his good form in this game as well. Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya also got runs for the side in the opening game. Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Ben Cutting missed out on getting runs for the side against Delhi Capitals.
The bowling lineup will need to make considerable improvements after conceding over 200 runs against Delhi Capitals. Mitchell McClenaghan, Jaspreet Bumrah and Hardik Pandya will need to deliver better runs with the ball for Mumbai in their next clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Kieron Pollard, Yuvraj Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Cutting, Jaspreet Bumrah, Rasikh Salam.
Mitchell McClenaghan, Yuvraj Singh, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, JJ Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium will host all the home fixtures for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this year’s competition. RCB have a poor head-to-head record against Mumbai Indian as this venue. They have won two games out of nine played at the venue.
The side that wins the toss will look to bat first and put a mammoth score on the board. In the early stage of the league, both teams will be looking to put runs on the board in this game. Expect spinners to play a role in this game.
Both the teams have lost their opening fixtures and will be looking to get back to winning ways. We expect Mumbai Indians to win this game as they an excellent head-to-head record against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the competition. Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya showed good form with the bat in the previous game.
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru has been happy hunting ground for Mumbai Indians in the past. Expect Mumbai Indians to win this contest by a comfortable margin.
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