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IPL 2019: After 1st win, Virat Kohli's Bangalore to face Mumbai at Wankhede

File photo of Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli (L)and Mumbai's Rohit Sharma and Alzarri Joseph. Photograph:( IANS )

WION Web Team Wankhede Stadium, Vinoo Mankad Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Apr 15, 2019, 01.53 PM (IST)

After registering their maiden victory, Virat Kohli-led Bangalore will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive when they face Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium.

The last time these two teams met in the season, it was a game marred by controversy as umpire failed to spot a no ball and AB de Villiers' effort went in vain for Bangalore.

Meanwhile, Mumbai will be looking to regain momentum after going down to Rajasthan in the previous game with the race for the playoff spots getting closer by the game. 

The home team have little worries as captain Rohit Sharma is back in form and will be leading from the front. 

He got off to a brilliant start against Rajasthan but was dismissed for 47. He is yet to register a half-century this season.

Bangalore’s dependency on AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli is no secret. Getting them early will be key for Mumbai to succeed but both the players have an impressive record at Wankhede. 

The toss might well play a key role with Kohli preferring to chase rather than set a target.

For Mumbai, Lasith Malinga might return for the home team, especially after Alzarri Joseph leaked 53 runs in three overs in the last game and also looked to have hurt his shoulder during fielding. 

Jasprit Bumrah will be the bowler to watch out for and especially his deliveries to Kohli will be something everyone will keep an eye on.

Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal have been the only bright spark in an otherwise disappointing bowling line-up. 

Dale Steyn might join the squad today and that should help the men in red.

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The last time these two teams met in the season, it was a game marred by controversy as umpire failed to spot a no ball and AB de Villiers' effort went in vain for Bangalore.