Mumbai Indians eye first qualifying spot, While RCB playing for Pride.
The fortunes of the two teams competing in Match 38 of VIVO IPL 2017 are as different as day and night, as chalk and cheese; Mumbai Indians (7 wins, 2 losses) are sitting pretty in the top two places of the VIVO IPL 2017 standings, while Royal Challengers Bangalore lie closer to the floor of the table with just two wins from their ten matches.
MI must be riding high now, especially after their win against Gujarat Lions on Saturday night. It was a match that MI should have comfortably won, but to outclass two dangerous batsmen in a low-scoring Super Over just establishes how high on confidence the MI camp is. Complacency can very easily set in when a team is doing well, and hence that match against the Lions could just shake things up and remind the lads to not take things too lightly.
On the other hand, nothing has gone RCB’s way. They have kept on losing matches after matches and are now virtually out of the contention race for the playoffs. They will be playing for pride which might bring the best out of them. Their star-studded batting line-up has failed miserably in the last 3 matches and was shot out for the lowest ever IPL score against KKR very recently.
When & Where:
1 May 2017, 1600 Hrs IST @ Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Current Status in IPL 2017
MI: Matches – 9, Won –7, Lost – 2
RCB: Matches –10, Won – 2,Lost – 7, N/R – 1
They are unlikely to tinker with their combination after winning the super over clash against Gujarat Lions. Lasith Malinga who made a return in Mitchell Johnson’s place in the previous match is expected to retain his place after bagging a couple of wickets. He looked in good rhythm and finished with figures of 2/33 in 4 overs.
Predicted XI: Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McCleneghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB have a lot to think about and they can spring in a few changes for tomorrow’s dead rubber against Mumbai. With Chris Gayle in their ranks, he must be given a longer run given his reputation in the shortest format of the game.
Predicted XI: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Sachin Baby, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Yuzvendra Chahal, Samuel Badree, Aniket Chaudhary
Head to Head
Overall: Matches played – 20, MI Won – 12, RCB Won – 8
Since 2014: Matches played – 7, MI Won – 5, RCB Won – 2
Earlier this season, when these teams met at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, MI got out of jail after they recovered from a disastrous 8 for 4, which became 33 for 5 a little while later, to chase down 143. Kieron Pollard top-scored in the chase with a mature 47-ball 70. For RCB, Virat Kohli (62) and Samuel Badree (hat-trick and figures of 4-1-9-4) were the standout performers.
Our Prediction for the game:
Mumbai is the outright favourites to win tomorrow’s clash but RCB might spring in a surprise as they have nothing to lose.
Our Prediction goes with MI 45%– RCB 55%
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.