IPL 2018: Match preview of Mumbai vs Bangalore

A file photo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Apr 17, 2018, 11.40 AM (IST)

Mumbai surely had their worst beginning to their defending campaign as they got defeated thrice in a row in the ongoing in Indian Premier League 2018.

Rohit Sharma’s 'blue paltan' will look to get the first point of the season when they face beleaguered Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium today. 

Both the games played at the Wankhede so far have gone down to the wire and on both occasions, Mumbai have had their chances to register a victory but failed to do so.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli-led Bangalore is having a roller coaster ride in the tournament with two defeats punctuated by a win. 

Both teams will honestly look to improve their run in this tournament for the top slots. 

Currently, Bangalore is at No. 6 while MI are languishing at the bottom of the table.

If seen their previous records, both the teams have faced each other 21 times in the IPL since 2008, with MI winning 13 as against RCB’s 8.

Mumbai have won the last four encounters played in 2016 and 2017.

The Kohli-led side started their season on the losing note to Kolkata but managed to register a convincing victory over Ashwin-led Punjab at home.

However, they again lost a high-scoring game to Rajasthan at home on Sunday but had put up a breathtaking performance.

The team's bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav broke the back of Punjab with a three-wicket burst in one over. 

However, he went for plenty against the Rajasthan who set up the highest total so far of the season, 217.

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Meanwhile, Mumbai posses a strong batting line up that threatened to score over 200 in their previous game before Delhi restricted them below that threshold.

And therefore, Virat Kohli needs to set right their bowling woes.

Mumbai's batting failed to rocket off in the first two games. Only two players including Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have displayed consistent performance to help Mumbai set decent targets in all the three games. 

The move to promote Suryakumar has been a success but their best batsman, skipper Rohit, is yet to make a big contribution with the bat.

The Pandya brothers Hardik and Krunal along with giant West Indian Kieron Pollard too have not made big impacts in the first three games.

So overall, Kohli's side will be tough to defeat despite Mumbai playing at their home ground but if past results are considered then it Mumbai may open there this year's account. 

Playing XI (TBC):

Mumbai: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahma

Bangalore: Quinton de Kock, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Yuzvendra Chahal