Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers: Preview

Published: Friday, May 27, 2011, 13:29 [IST]
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Heavyweights clash for final pass

There are no clear-cut fvourites for the match and going by the form-book it is Roal Challengers who have their mose ahead of the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians, who after an emphatic start to the tournament that carried on till the very end but lost steam in the last five matches, are still the team to beat in the IPL. And if they get their act together, then Bangalore will have a hard-day at office.

Going in to the match, all attention will once again be on the prized clash, which for a change is not going to involve Sachin Tendulkar. Expect fireworks when Orange-cap holder Chris Gayle takes guard against the man with the purple head-gear, Lasith Malinga. Interstingly, the two sides, it seems are over reliant on the two players who seem to form the bulwark of their respective departments.

Mumbai, will expect Malinga to end Gayle's dream run in this IPL, so that their bowlers, who barring a couple of occasions have been exceptional in the tournament can get a chance to run through Bangalore's brittle middle-order.

True, Kohli has been good, but he somehow still isn't that effective to take a game-away from the oposition. de Villiers, Sourabh Tiwary and Md Kaif haven't impressed either and thus Munaf and Harbhajan would be licking their lips if Malinga snares Gayle early-on.

Coming in to Mumbai's batting they seem to have all the fire-power on earth but seem a bit too over-dependent on Sachin Tendulkar. This extra pressure on the maestro has certainly affected his strike-rate but nevertheless he remains as effective as ever. Crtics are pointing out his not-so-impressive strike rate in this edition of the IPL, but it must be taken in to consideration that the middle-order after not getting the opportunity to bat in the first few matches have failed big times except the likes of James Franklin and Ambatti Rayudu. While Frankin has won the Mumbai Indians two matches on the trot and Rayudu continues to be as impressive as ever, the onus now rests on Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard to prove their woth.

Suman, another much-talked about Indian youngster hasn't done anything of yore in this edition of the IPL, but is still likely to retain his place. On the other hand, Andrew Symonds after appearing rusty in all his appearances for the Mumbai Indians will continue to warm the bench unless of course Mumbai give the boot to Pollard.

Blizzard is most likely to retain his place in the Mumbai Indian team. For Bangalore, the team is most likely to remain the same as the one that played against Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai, will aim to proceed to the finals and get a chance to avenge their loss to Chennai Super Kings in the 2010 title clash. Bangalore, on the other hand will aim to seek their first IPL title after putting up a fine performance in the league stages.

OneIndia Cricket

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