The IPL 2018 14th Match between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore will commence on Tuesday (April 17, 2018), at precisely 8:00 PM. RCB need a stable opening pair, one which can lay a good foundation for the middle order and take some pressure off them.
Though the statistics prove to be in favour of MI this match will be a duel worth to be seen with both teams having impressive bowling and batting potential. While in the opening game Bangalore were subjected to some ruthless batting from Sunil Narine of the Kolkata Knight Riders, in their last game it was Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson who punished the RCB bowlers. Brendon McCullum is out and Corey Anderson comes in.
With only two fifties among the famous four in three matches so far, RCB batsmen would know how important it is for them to make most of the batting conditions at the Wankhede as their bowlers have done a decent job so far. But this time with three last ball/wicket defeats, Mumbai won't be in their highest spirits. But the 24-year-old's ability to contribute as batsman, bowler and fielder is enormous.
Hello and welcome to the MI-RCB match from 2018 IPL.
McCullum scored 43 in the first match and scored 4 in the next 2. Young Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan are given this responsibility but they are too inexperienced to do this in every match. His two overs have leaked 32 runs so far. He could be the differential pick in your team. Rahman has bowled superb bowling in the last match. I will not include him in my team till he comes back into form.More news: NJ woman fatally stabs wife, injures husband in apartment attack
A lack of a match-winning performance - the 24-year-old missed a game owing to an ankle injury he suffered during the tournament-opener - can be attributed to Pandya's dodgy fitness, but MI will be hoping that Sharma gets into his groove after a relatively timid start.
Kieron Pollard, MI all-rounder: "I'm always hungry to perform". His weakness against leg-spin should come against the scanner against Yuzvendra Chahal, one of the best in the business.
In First over Umesh Yadav's fiery pace rocked.
Virat Kohli should be your pick here due to his ability to score big (The player who scores double the points is known as power player). But all of that might change as Rohit Sharma and Co gear up to welcome Virat Kohli's men at Wankhede tonight. You can create your StarPick team here.