Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets and with one ball to spare. The Mumbai Indians return home at the Wankhede Stadium to take on the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 38th game of the Indian Premier League. The match will be played on May 1.
Time: 4 pm local (10.30 am GMT)
Life has been a struggle for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in this edition of the Indian Premier League. So much so that 10 games into the competition, they not only seem knocked out of the 2017 IPL but also look distraught and broke. On the other hand, hosts Mumbai Indians have seen a lot of momentum go their way as they have registered seven wins from nine games and are currently second on the table – tied with the table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders with 14 points. They are all but through to the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians had brought in Lasith Malinga in the previous game to replace the ailing Mitchell Johnson. And Malinga did a good job of it. The question now is whether they allow Johnson to regain his spot or have Malinga continue even if the Aussie quick is fit. The other option is to drop McClenaghan and fit in both of them.
Mumbai Indians’ expected playing XI:
Parthiv, Buttler, Nitish, Rohit, Pollard, Krunal, Hardik, Harbhajan, McClenaghan, Malinga, Bumrah
Bangalore have been make changes galore in every match and to pick their playing 11 ahead of a game is akin to putting your money on a number on a roulette table. Very long odds we get it right but let’s try it anyway! We think it could be time Shamsi gets a game.
Bangalore’s expected playing XI:
Kohli, Harpreet, de Villiers, Kedar, Baby, Binny, Negi, Chahal, Aravind, Mills, Shamsi
Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore head to head:
They have played each other a whopping 22 times in the past and Mumbai Indians lead the head to head 14-8.
Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore Result:
Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets.