Both teams have been struggling this season to play cohesively.
That makes this head-on clash critical to the fortunes of both the teams.
A furious Kohli minced no words on his team’s lacklustre show on the field against Kolkata and said such performances won’t let the team win.
Mumbai Indians have a great bowling record against RCB.
Mumbai, however, have rejigged their middle order, with JP Duminy and Ben Cutting featuring in the starting XI in the side’s last game against Super Kings.
Popular betting site, Bet365 too gives RCB the slight edge as they have an odds of 4:5 stacked against them while Mumbai Indians will come to Bengaluru with the odds of one.
Put into bat, Bangalore started on a cautious note as openers Manan Vohra and Quinton de Kock added 38 runs for the opening wicket in five overs. In the 10th over, he dispatched two full-tosses for consecutive sixes, the first of them a no-ball, and then struck the fourth legitimate delivery, a knuckleball, through the covers for four.
Royal Challengers’ bowlers did exceptionally well job in defending the target.
“In the last game, he came up and shouldered the responsibility”. They were 123 for 3 with Kohli on 29 and five overs to go, easily set for 175.
Stadium Pitch Report: The pitch here is known to assist the batsmen with the ball coming nicely onto the bat and the smaller boundaries helping them clear the ropes much more easily. Since the start of the 2017 season, RCB have won only three of their 11 matches here. Flurry of wickets towards the back end of the RCB innings had once again tilted the balance in Mumbai’s favour.
OVERS 8: The ball is turning and bouncing.
Fantasy Picks: The top four. While Mayank Markande and Krunal have shone in the spin deparment, Jasprit Bumrah, their strike bowler, has blown hot and cold so far.
But then he worked himself back in, first with a run out and then a watchful half-century, his sixth in T20 cricket, that brought his side to the cusp of victory. They’ve already won their home fixture against RCB. They have simply not received the support they need to explode, and it has hurt the side. Add their bad fielding against KKR, and it is a ideal recipe for failure. He has picked up his third wicket in the over as Washington Sundar tries for the maximum but can not clear the midwiket fielder to be caught for 1. He mixed up his bowling really well considering RCB batters were in flow.