IPL 2017 | Match 38: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

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IPL 2017 | Match 38: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

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SportsCafe Desk

05/01/2017

Mumbai Indians will host an out-of-form Royal Challengers Bangalore tonight with the former on a winning spree after emerging on top in seven out of 9 matches so far this season. RCB, on the other hand, will be playing for pride after going out of contention for a spot in the playoffs.

MI have been outstanding this season with both bat and ball and it won't be a surprise if they outclass RCB, who have managed to win just two games out of 10. RCB skipper Virat Kohli has been vocal about his team's poor form with the bat but would definitely want to win against strong Mumbai to end their campaign on a high note.

Head to Head:

MI lead 12-8. 

Last Meeting:

MI won by 4 wickets in their first meeting of IPL-10 after Kieron Pollard struck a brilliant 70 and the bowlers displayed pinpoint precision.

Predicted XI:

MI:  Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma (C), Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell Johnson.

RCB: Virat Kohli (C), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Samuel Badree, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Key Players:

Parthiv Patel (MI): The wicketkeeper-batsman has got his side off to a flyer throughout the tournament. Nothing less is expected and Patel would definitely be the key wicket that RCB would want to start off with.

Pawan Negi (RCB): The left-arm spinner has been both economical and among wickets and RCB would definitely be counting on him to deliver again.

Time: 4 pm

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

TV Listings: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Set Max, Sony ESPN

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