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Mumbai seek to avoid fourth consecutive failure as they take on top-flight Bangalore


Mumbai (MI) Indians need to recover quickly from the blows inflicted by Pat Cummins in their last outing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as they seek to avoid a fourth loss on trot this season. However, it will be a daunting task for Rohit Sharma and his team as they face a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Saturday, April 9.

RCB got off to a good start this season by overcoming a 5 wicket loss in their first game with back to back wins over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Mumbai, meanwhile, have lost all three games this season, against Delhi Capitals (DC), RR and KKR.

RCB’s most recent outing was an impressive win from behind to hand Rajasthan their first defeat of the season. The Royals posted a tough total of 169/3 and had RCB exactly where they wanted at 87/5, however, Dinesh Karthik (44* from 23 balls) and Shahbaz Ahmed (45 from 26 balls) teamed up to script a turnaround unlikely.

Bangalore have been in dominant form this season and seem to have found an impressive balance in the team. Faf du Plessis with 122 points in 3 games, provides solid starts, while Karthik has 90 points at a strike rate of 204.54 as he embraces and fills the finisher role to perfection.

In the bowling department, the versatile Wanindu Hasaranga has already picked 6 wickets while Harshal Patel (4 wickets) has looked more and more impressive with each passing game.

Meanwhile, Mumbai come into this game after a crushing loss as Pat Cummins announced his arrival in style. The Aussie, playing his first match of the season, smashed a 50-14 ball as KKR chased MI’s tally of 161/4 with 4 overs to spare.

Mumbai had some bright spots in this game, as Suryakumar Yadav scored on his return from injury with a 52 from 36 and youngster Dewald Brevis scored a quick 29 from 19 on his debut. Tilak Varma has also looked solid with the bat and has already amassed 121 runs in 3 games.

However, Basil Thampi and Murugan Ashwin were expensive with the ball and need to step up and it remains to be seen how Daniel Sams reacts after being hit for 35 points in one by Cummins in the last game.

RCB vs MI Team News:

News from the RCB team: The Aussie trio of Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff should once again be available for selection and it remains to be seen which of them RCB will bring to the Playing XI.

MI Team News: Jofra Archer remains the only player unavailable as he is expected to miss the whole season with an elbow injury.

RCB vs MI Presentation Report: Mumbai has the advantage of having played its previous match at this venue. It must be said that hitters like Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma had trouble getting used to the rhythm of the surface but Pat Cummins had no such worries. A score between 170 and 180 should be a tough total to hunt.

Where to watch live: The match begins at 7:30 p.m. IST on Saturday, April 9 with the draw scheduled for 7:00 p.m. IST. The match will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can also tune in to the action via Disney+ Hotstar

RCB vs MI Top Fantasy League Picks:

Best batting picks: Ishan Kishan has made a stellar start to this campaign showing why MI made him the most expensive player in the auction of 2022. He has 149 points in 3 games and looks deadly every time he fate. Faf du Plessis is another player to get off to a fast start with the RCB captain scoring 122 in 3 games.

Top All-Round Picks: Wanindu Hasaranga is the main wicket taker for RCB with 6 scalps to his name and the Sri Lankan is also capable of playing big shots with the bat. Glenn Maxwell, if chosen by RCB for this game, could be another added value with his ability to contribute in both departments.

Best Bowling Picks: Bumrah has only picked up 3 wickets so far and will be keen to improve on those numbers against RCB. Bumrah has 24 wickets in 17 games against RCB, his most against any IPL opposition. Harshal Patel is looking back on his best form and his death bowling could bring in a few wickets as batters look for quick runs.

RCB vs MI Probable Playing XIs:

Royal Challengers Bangalore (eleventh likely): Faf du Plessis (C), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Sherfane Rutherford, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammad Siraj and Akash Deep.

Mumbai Indians (likely XI): Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (WK), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, M Ashwin, Tymal Mills, Jasprit Bumrah and Jaydev Unadkat.

Full teams RCB vs MI:

Bangalore Royal Challengers: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj, Faf du Plessis (C), Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff, Suyash Prabhudesai, Chama Milind, Aneeshwar Gautam, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Rajat Patidar and Siddharth Kaul.

Bombay Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Ramandeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Tim David, Arjun Tendulkar, Basil Thampi, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Mayank Markande, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Tymal Mills, Arshad Khan, Daniel Sams, Dewald Brevis, Fabian Allen, Kieron Pollard, Sanjay Yadav, Aryan Juyal and Ishan Kishan.


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