IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore preview and possible lineups

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

Mumbai Indians take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 14 of the Indian Premier League 2018 on Tuesday (April 17) with the hope to get their campaign on the right track.

The batting department of the hosts failed in the first two games, and when they clicked bowlers lost the control.

The story for MI, however, has been a thrilling, yet disappointing one as all their matches went down till the last over. Umesh Yadav has already proven to be a match-winner in his own right and it is only a matter of time before Chris Woakes and Kulwant Khejroliya turn up for RCB. And the bowling does not haemorrhage a flood of runs, like it did in their previous match against Rajasthan Royals, where they lost comfortably despite posting almost 200 in the chase.

Coming to the batting, everyone except their skipper has been amongst the runs, with youngsters Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan leading the charts for the side. With scores of 15, 11 and 18 so far, Rohit Sharma's form has been underwhelming; Kieron Pollard has done little to shore up the lower order. Their last match against Delhi Daredevils was a repeat of their opening match as they couldn't defend a total of 194 runs. KKR also dropped catches of Sam Billings and Ravindra Jadeja which costed them the match as they went on to win the game for CSK.

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With a batting line-up boasting of Brendon McCullum, Kohli and AB de Villiers, no target will look insurmountable for the visitors, and three-time champions MI will be aware of this. Apart from Yuzvender Chahal and Washington Sundar, no other bowler can boast off a good economy rate or even consistency. "After two games, it is easy to say 'Pick this one, drop this one.' If you keep doing that, what would you have to select your team from?" he asked. And it is going to be humid. "We were pleased to have had that one home game, and had a win, but that was going to be a big part of our strategy this year", Fleming said as quoted by Cricbuzz. The only difference is that IPL being a T20 tournament, the biggest T20 tournament in the world, the expectations are high.

Mayank Markande of Mumbai Indians. Rohit will probably look at Mitchell McClenaghan to strenghten the fast bowling arsenal or bring in the experience of JP duminy who provides options with both bat and ball.

Royal Challengers, on the other hand, started the season with a defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders. For SRH, only likely change to place will be their star bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar returning back in place of Sandeep Sharma who missed the last game due to sore back.

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