Bangalore: Two extremely popular sides Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians yet fighting for survival, will come up against each in Match 31 of VIVO IPL 2018. Both teams have played seven matchesso far, with returns of two wins and five defeats each.
After suffering two back-to-back home losses against Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore welcome Mumbai Indians now. RCB were forced to make quite a few changes in their playing XI for their encounter against KKR as AB de Villiers had to sit out due to a bout of viral fever. In this match, however, the South African batsman is expected to make a comeback.
Kohli would be keen to produce another special knock in this crunch situation, especially after getting two unbeaten knocks of 92 and 68 against Mumbai and KKR, respectively.
Umesh Yadav, who has had extremely good days or awfully bad days, is RCB’s top wicket-taker this season; the pacer has had four exceptional matches, one modest outing, and two poor matches. The only RCB bowler who can claim to possess an economy rate of under 8 this season is YuzvendraChahal; the leg-spinner has 7 wickets from as many matches and an economy rate of 7.92.
Mumbai Indians, who have the additional burden of being the defending champions, will feel they have been hard done by after finishing on the wrong side of several last over finishes. MI though will take plenty of confidence from their performance in the previous match; the bowlers were disciplined and restricted the then table-toppers Chennai Super Kings to 169, after which the top order got firing and sealed the run-chase. MI have some kind of momentum after the win in Pune.
Mitchell McClenaghan has an impressive record against Virat Kohli –4 dismissals in 38 balls, while Krunal Pandya has AB de Villiers’ number, having dismissed him in 4 of the batsman’s last 5 innings against MI. More recently, when the Indian team visited South Africa earlier this year, JaspritBumrah (3) and Hardik Pandya (2) between them accounted for 5 of AB de Villiers’ 9 dismissals across the various formats.
This is already Suryakumar Yadav’s most successful season in IPL; he has an aggregate of 274 runs in 7 innings so far. His previous best season aggregate was 182 runs (2016).
RCB: Virat Kohli(captain), Quinton de Kock(wicket-keeper), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan.
MI: Rohit Sharma(captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne.
The match starts at 8 PM IST.