As we are heading into the crucial stage of the group matches, Mumbai Indians have strengthen their points on the table, as they are placed at number two spot on the chart with 14 points in nine matches after winning seven games and losing out on two, whereas, Royal Challengers Bangalore need a miracle to fancy their chances for playoffs which are further highly improbable.

Piling more miseries after their star-studded batting line-up misfired; the Men in Red are languishing at the seventh position on the IPL points table with just five points to their name in 10 matches they’ve played so far.

Overview:

In their previous game against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot, Mumbai Indians pulled a sensational win in super over which was overall seventh in the IPL history, thanks to Jasprit Bumrah, who held his nerve to defend twelve runs in an over against swashbuckling batsman Brendon McCullum and Australian recruit Aaron Finch.

The match was tied after Ravindra Jadeja pulled a remarkable effort to find Jasprit Bumrah short of his crease at the striker’s end, as the score was tied at 153 in 20 overs.

However, on the other side, struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore have gone through a barren patch after losing three matches on the trot if we take out their match which was washed out against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

In their previous match against Rising Pune Supergiant, Royal Challengers again witnessed embarrassment as their batsmen didn’t cross past the double-figure mark except for skipper Virat Kohli, who smashed a fifty to further find wickets falling at regular intervals at the other end.

Interestingly, if they will still win four matches on the trot, the Virat Kohli-led side will collect overall 13 points and at the point in time which seems highly unlikely for the side which is going through a dismissal show both with the bat and a ball.

Tracking the Strength:

Mumbai Indians: While talking about the hosts Mumbai Indians, they have played as a unit in this ongoing edition, as bowlers have offered a compliment for the batsmen in the form of crucial wickets.

The secret of mantra for the two-time IPL champions have been their youngsters clicking both with bat and a ball to lend their support to the IPL franchise.

Shredding the tag of slow starters, Mumbai Indians are banking on their boys in the form of Parthiv Patel, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Pandya brothers.

Their bowlers have done splendid homework by giving best on the field which further includes Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya and Harbhajan Singh.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: The batting-heavy side has nothing much to boast about in this season of Indian Premier League following their worst performance.

Given to the short-paced tournament, the stage was set for the trio which includes Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle have failed to leave an impact except for some individual performances on their backs.

It seems more like a gamble when they will step on the gas, but given to their ability, they’ve the capability to thrash any best of the bowling line-up on their given day.

Interestingly, they have set the highest total of 213 for two in this season against Gujarat Lions which further shows how capable their batting line-up is.

Having the leg-spinners in the line-up in the form of Yuzvendra Chahal and Samuel Badree, Royal Challengers would be aiming to rely on them, as the slow bowlers which further saw this genre have had enough success during this edition of IPL.

So far, Chahal has claimed ten wickets in nine matches, whereas, Badree has picked nine wickets in five matches, which further include a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians, his first though in this lucrative league.

Match Prediction:

During this edition of IPL, both the sides have met once in which Mumbai Indians claimed the win by four wickets while chasing down the target of 143 in 18.5 overs.

In overall head-to-head contests, both sides have played 20 matches in which Mumbai has registered 12 wins, whereas, Royal Challengers won eight matches.

We’re betting on Mumbai Indians could win this came, as they’re having a formidable unit, as they game would be equally poised for both the teams considering the fact that it is a 4:00 PM game. It’s expected to be a close encounter.

One can’t write-off Royal Challengers Playing XI, who would definitely try to come harder at Mumbai – to take home revenge which they eventually lost by four wickets on April 14 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

The team which will call right at the toss time will bat second. It could be predicted that we might witness 185 on the board and batting second will emerge as winners.

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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