Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Mumbai Indians in the second of two games to be played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday. The game will be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The reverse fixture saw Bangalore win a dramatic match, with only two runs the difference.
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Play starts at 3:30pm BST. Live coverage will be available on ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD. Follow the match live, via text updates, on ESPN Cricinfo.
Mumbai come into this game after beating defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the final over of a tense game. They were chasing 160 to win and needed a six from Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh to cross the finish line. The chase was propped up by a measured 62 from 45 balls from opener Dwayne Smith, after Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar flopped again. Rohit Sharma (34 off 28 balls) and Kieron Pollard (33 off 24 balls) provided the middle order impetus.
The win means Mumbai are sixth in the IPL, with eight points from six games. The top four qualify for the knock-out stages and Mumbai are tied with Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab for the final spot but they trail both sides due to an inferior Net Run Rate.
Bangalore enter this game with memories of Chris Gayle's brutal 67-ball 175 fresh in their memory. The West Indian powered Bangalore to a mammoth 130-run win over a hapless Pune Warriors and if he can re-create even half that kind of power hitting in this game, Mumbai are in for a very difficult night.
Gayle pushed Bangalore to 263/5 in that game, with an equally destructive late-innings push from South African AB de Villiers (31 off eight balls) ensuring an immense total. Pune batted gamely and were led by Steven Smith's 41 off 31 balls but in the absence of a Gayle-like innings, the Warriors were never going to trouble Bangalore. They lasted 20 overs though, finishing 133/9.
Bangalore lead the table with 12 points. They are tied with Chennai Super Kings but, thanks to Gayle, boast a vastly superior Net Run Rate.
- Last Five (most recent first): W L L W W
- Last Result: Kolkata Knight Riders lost to Mumbai Indians by five wickets
Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Last Five (most recent first): W W W L W
- Last Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Pune Warriors India by 130 runs
West Indian Dwayne Smith will probably retain his place after a solid knock in the last game. If he can continue in that vein then at least one half of Mumbai's openers dilemma will be solved. Tendulkar has struggled for form but such is his reputation that he is unlikely to be dropped. Australian Mitchell Johnson and Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga form an impressive pace duo and Pollard will probably be joined by Australian Ricky Ponting to complete the quota of four foreign players.
It is difficult to see Bangalore making any changes. Indian seamer Zaheer Khan is the only person who could maybe have been introduced but he is unfit. So West Indian Ravi Rampaul and Indian Vinay Kumar will lead the bowling, with the spin of Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha backing them. All eyes, though, will be on Chris Gayle.