|Match Date:||15th April, Monday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 pm|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||30,000|
|Match Venue:||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
The Match 31 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Mumbai Indians welcome the last-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai Indians unbeaten run of three games came to an end after the 4 wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals.
On the other hand, the Royal Challengers Bangalore dugout was a happy place to be with the team securing their first win of the campaign. The 8-wicket victory will be a huge booster for RCB, especially considering the tough challenge that lay ahead.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL match:
|Key Players in form||MI – Quinton de Kock|
RCB – Virat Kohli
|Weather Conditions||32℃, 61% humidity, Winds up to 27 km/hr.|
|Toss Advantage||Team batting second has won in four out of seven times last season. However, this year, chasing teams have won majority of the games played here. Thus, choosing to bat first would be more appropriate.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, Batting-Friendly. Wind is expected to offer help to pacers.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 167|
Highest Total (2018): 186/6 (MI)
Last Match: MI 187/5 | 188/6 RR
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 69 m, Straight Boundary: 85 m|
|Injury Updates||MI – Adam Milne (Heel). Alzarri Joseph sustained a serious shoulder injury against RR and is predicted to be out for the season. Malinga is also expected to be absent.|
RR – No major injuries.
|Home Advantage||Mumbai Indians|
|Head-to-Head||MI 11 – 9 RR (1 Draw)|
|Playing11||Mumbai Indians Playing11|
Quinton de Kock (Wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal.
|Impact Players||Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli|
MI vs RCB Preview
Mumbai Indians’ title march came to a standstill after Rajasthan Royals stunned the hosts by 8-wickets. Riding on Quinton de Kock’s 81-run knock along with skipper Rohit Sharma’s 47, Mi had reached a defendable total of 187.
However, it was their bowling that failed Mumbai. Their incapability to stop Jos Buttler (89) early on proved costly. Although they did scalp wickets later in the contest, reducing RR to 174/6, it was probably too late by then.
Mumbai Indians badly miss a quality death bowler, someone in the mould of Lasith Malinga. Hardik Pandya is failing to keep his economy-rate under control and he is, thus, not the best candidate to finish the innings.
Royal Challengers Bangalore can take a leaf out of RR’s triumph over MI and repeat the same. In their previous match against KXIP, everything clicked for them. Although they failed to dismiss ex-player Chris Gayle (99*), the bowlers managed to restrict the hosts to a modest total of 173/4.
The batsmen, led by Virat Kohli (67), then ensured a smooth finish to the squad. Apart from the captain, AB de Villiers (59*) and Marcus Stoinis (28*) too played crucial part in the chase. Nonetheless, the road only gets tough from here. If RCB rear the ambition of making it to the top 4 of the league table, they will have to win most of their remaining 7 games. Converting the first victory into momentum will, thus, be the key here.
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 13, 2019
It will be tough to predict a winner, but MI has the required arsenal to make past the finish line. However, don’t be surprised if RCB make the cut in this fixture.
Considering that the Wankhede pitch has a high scoring surface, choosing upto 4 batsmen would be suitable. All-rounders will also have a big role to play.
MI vs RCB Dream11 Team 1
Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar.
MI vs RCB Dream11 Team 2
Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah.