Royal Challengers Bangalore clash with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday and both of these teams will need a strong second half of the tournament if they are to make the playoffs.
RCB were at home to the Knight Riders on Sunday and they went down by 6 wickets. Kohli’s unbeaten 68 was the top score in their bat first total of 175/4 but the home sides under fire bowling unit were once again unable to defend. RCB now have a record of 2 wins and 5 defeats and whilst both of their wins came in home fixtures, against the Kings XI and the Daredevils, they have also lost 3 times in front of their own supporters.
Kohli has 317 in 7 knocks for RCB and AB de Villiers, who missed Sunday’s game, has 280 in 6 outings. Umesh Yadav is leading wicket taker with 9.
Mumbai were last in action on Saturday and they came away from a visit to the in form Super Kings with a much needed 8 wicket win. Yadav (44), Lewis (47) and Rohit Sharma (56 not out) saw Mumbai chase down the 170 needed for victory with 2 balls to spare and they also have an overall record of 2 wins and 5 defeats.
The only other victory for Mumbai this season came at home to RCB in Match 14 when they recovered from losing 2 wickets in the first 2 balls to post 213/6 with Sharma hitting 94 and Lewis 65. That total was 46 too many for RCB despite Kohli finishing unbeaten on 92.
Suryakumar Yadav is leading Mumbai run scorer with 274 runs in 7 knocks and Mayank Markande has taken 10 wickets in their 7 games so far.
Head to Head
Matches 24, Mumbai Indians wins 16, Royal Challengers wins 8
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Royal Challengers Bangalore 8/10
Mumbai Indians evens
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Although he didn’t take a wicket on Sunday Chahal bowled well and I thought he was the pick of an RCB bowling unit which has been a let down all too often this season.
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