- Mumbai Indians can continue with their momentum against a down and out RCB side.
- Kohli and co. will look to salvage some pride as they are virtually out of playoff contention.
Mumbai Indians (MI) will square off against a low-on-morale Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match no. 38 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. It is their second 4pm game at this venue and the humidity level is going to be on the higher side.
The surface has always assisted the batsmen and it is likely to remain the same for the MI vs RCB game as well. Also, this is Mumbai's penultimate home game and they would want to make opportunities count in order to claim one of the top two spots in the IPL 2017 points table.
Meanwhile, RCB are down and out. They cannot make it to the IPL 2017 playoffs but they surely can spoil a number of parties starting from today. Virat Kohli and co. would look to salvage some pride after they have been humbled by most of the teams in IPL 2017.
Mumbai Indians suffered a super over scare in their last game against Gujarat Lions. It was indeed a nerve-racking game but Rohit Sharma's men held their nerves and got over the line. They will not make any changes to their lineup until there's a forced injury case.
Kohli, on the other hand, should ideally let go off Stuart Binny from the playing XI. Vishnu Vinod is probably a better option. Chris Gayle too should not be an option for Kohli as he can bring Shane Watson back into the side. However, Travis Head did not impress either. So Kohli will have to be cruel and realistic about his playing XI.
Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma (c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle/Shane Watson, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:31 PM IST