Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, XI Players, May 1, 4:00 PM


Royal Challengers Bangalore Probable XI:

Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle/Shane Watson, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Mumbai Indians Probable XI:
Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma (c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah

What to expect: This is Mumbai's sixth home match of the season and their second 4:00 PM game at the Wankhede. The pitch has mostly favoured the batsmen, as has been the case here over the years. With MI having chased down 170-plus targets twice at home, once during a late afternoon game, and having won three out of four times while batting second, it wouldn't be hard to guess what's the best option after winning the toss. The dew factor also won't come into play since this is an afternoon game.

Team News:

Mumbai Indians: 

After their nerve-wracking thriller against Lions, MI did not practiceon Sunday, happy to take a much-deserved break. They are likely to stick to the same eleven for the match against RCB.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Looking at their campaign so far, and the poor form of most of the batsmen, it's only fair to say RCB do not know which team to pick, and it may even boil down to a lottery. Travis Head has failed to impress, Mandeep Singh, Vishnu Vinod, Sachin Baby and Stuart Binny haven't done much, Kedar Jadhav hasn't lived up to his reputation while de Villiers and Gayle too have cut a sorry figure apart from a couple of half-centuries. Shane Watson and Gayle are a couple of options if RCB plan to leave out Head for the MI fixture.

What they said:

"It's hard for a captain to stand here and talk when the team is performing like this. Just got take it in my stride, got to move forward and learn from these kind of games. We are trying hard, but it's the lack of intent. Guys are fearful of getting out and failing," Virat Kohligives a straightforward answer for RCB's woes.

Did you know?

RCB have a 3-3 win-loss record against MI at the Wankhede. However, MI have a 3-1 advantage here in the matches played since 2013.
RCB average 18.58 per wicket in this IPL. In the ten editions of IPL, only RR in 2009 season has averaged lesser (17.96).
Spinners concede at 6.71 per over in the matches at the Wankhede this season - the lowest at any venue. Harbhajan Singh has an economy rate of 5.87 this season and hasn't conceded over 30 in any of the matches so far.

Mumbai Indians (From):
Parthiv Patel(w), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Karn Sharma, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya

Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Travis Head, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav(w), Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Adam Milne, Samuel Badree, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal, Chris Gayle, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Shane Watson, Iqbal Abdulla, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Praveen Dubey, Aniket Choudhary, Billy Stanlake, Vishnu Vinod, Harpreet Singh

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