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Royal Challengers Bangalore have picked up some form with two back-to-back wins against Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab and will be keen to continue the momentum when they face Mumbai Indians at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday (11 May) as they chase a place in the playoffs. The Virat Kohli led team are coming off a disastrous run, which saw them lose three consecutive games due to which their remaining five games are a must win to have a good chance to progress to the next stage.
Their win over MS Dhoni's team was a Kohli master-class, as the captain scored his second IPL century to lead his team to victory, but their triumph over KXIP was a last ball thriller, which they won by one run and that could give them a big confidence boost going into the match against the Indians. RCB's bowling, however, still looks suspect and is incapable of defending totals even as high as 180. Any team winning the toss is likely to put them to bat first following their poor performances with the ball thus far this campaign.
Mumbai Indians, meanwhile, are coming into the game following a humiliating 85-run loss at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad at their new home in Visakapatnam. Rohit Sharma's team were chasing 177 but their batting completely collapsed with Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur picking up three-wickets each. It is unlikely to happen again but they are likely to be extra cautious when they take on Bangalore.
Sharma has been leading the way in the batting department with Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu pitching in occasionally. In the bowling department, it has been their pace attack that has been doing the job, with New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan leading the way with 14 wickets, with Jasprit Bumrah and Tim Southee playing the supporting role.
Mumbai lead the head-to-head 10-8 in their favour and it is one of the most anticipated clashes of the tournament due to the popularity of the teams and the number of high profile players in both sides. RCB can pip MI to fifth place on the table with a win, while the latter can displace Delhi Daredevils from fourth place.
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win
Betting odds (betfair)
- RCB to win: 3/4
- MI to win: 1
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Possible XI: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Chris Jordan, KL Rahul (wk), Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Abdullah, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Chris Gayle, Sreenath Aravind.
Possible XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Krunal Pandya, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.