A determined, well-paced and a statement knock of 70 from Kieron Pollard helped Mumbai Indians (MI), the hosts of match 38, beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by four wickets in the earlier meeting between these two sides at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Form guide: MI vs RCB
Mumbai: WLWWW (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 2nd)
Bangalore: LLNRLW (current position on the points table: 7th)
MI vs RCB Head-to-head
Mumbai lead the head-to-head record against Bangalore by 14-8 in 22 matches so far. RCB have won three and lost three at the Wankhede Stadium, where match 38 of IPL 2017 will be played.
Match 38: MI vs RCB Playing XI
The batting line-up has faltered a touch in their last couple of matches, with Mumbai struggling to chase down 161 against Rising Pune Supergiant and 154 against Gujarat Lions. But for a majority of the ongoing campaign, the two-time IPL champions have fired as a unit.
They are one of the teams who are likely to reach the playoffs and a win in this evening’s home match against Bangalore will take them a step closer to sealing their place in the last four.
Despite the batting line-up putting in two slightly underwhelming performances, the team management is unlikely to make changes to the playing XI from the super over win over Gujarat. Unless a player has picked up an injury or is down with illness, Mumbai’s playing XI is expected to remain the same.
MI’s probable playing XI vs RCB: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Mitchell McClenaghan, 10. Lasith Malinga, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah
Actual playing XI for Mumbai: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Karn Sharma, 9. Mitchell McClenaghan, 10. Lasith Malinga, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah
Update: Harbhajan Singh is out with an injury.
Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers could not have had a worse season. They have floundered as a unit whose key personnel have significantly failed to contribute to the team’s cause. The fact that a player of the stature of Chris Gayle has been dropped for a handful of matches tells you how unstable the team is and why they are languishing in seventh place, with only an outside chance of reaching IPL 2017 playoffs yet.
The team has so many underperformers, that the management might have to change at least more than half the personnel. But, as is always the case, RCB are unlikely to tinker with the spine of their line-up, which includes Kohli, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
The bowling attack came good against Rising Pune Supergiant, with the likes of Pawan Negi, Stuart Binny, Adam Milne, and Samuel Badree taking wickets and being hard to score off.
Because the spine is likely to be the same and the bowlers enjoyed a good match against Pune Supergiant, who look likely to make the playoffs as the fourth-placed team, the probable RCB playing XI vs MI is as follows: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Chris Gayle, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. Stuart Binny, 6. Harpreet Singh, 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Samuel Badree, 9. Adam Milne, 10. Sreenath Aravind, and 11. Yuzvendra Chahal
Actual playing XI for Bangalore: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Travis Head, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. Aniket Choudhary, 6. Mandeep Singh, 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Shane Watson, 9. Adam Milne, 10. Sreenath Aravind, and 11. Yuzvendra Chahal