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Crunch time as Mumbai meet Bangalore on Wednesday

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Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 14:58 [IST]
 
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It's Malinga vs Gayle at Wankhede

Mumbai, May 8: Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to clinch the fourth spot in the points table when they take on Mumbai Indians in crucial tie at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday, May 9.

Mumbai have so far been on a lucky winning spree after claiming two last-ball thriller games against Pune Warriors and Chennai Super Kings. With three wins in a row, Mumbai are on third spot in 11 matches with 14 points.

With a win in their previous match against Deccan Chargers, The Royal Challengers are on fifth with 11 points.

Both teams have produced dramatic wins in their previous encounters. AB de Villiers brilliant 17-ball 74 knock sealed a victory for Bangalore while West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith snatched a last-ball thriller against defending champions Chennai Super Kings.

Despite several changes made by Bangalore in their playing XI, in the end it was De Villiers heroic knock which proved to be the match-winner.

Skipper Daniel Vettori made way for spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, P Parameswaran, who replaced S Aravind for the rest of the season, played his first game for RCB in place of Vinay Kumar, was the most expensive bowler.

Yet again overseas players like Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB devilliers are proving game changers for the southern giants. RCB has been criticised for their overdependence on foreign players after dreadful middle-order batting performance from stand-in skipper Virat kohli, Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal.

Bowling attack led by pacer Zaheer Khan has not played to their potential. Skipper Vettori has claimed only five wickets in nine matches but with good economy rate of 6.71.

Mumbai Indians face similar problems with the bat, iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar seems to have found his touch back along with in-form Rohit Sharma, but the major problems they face are the inconsistency in the middle.

Despite their star-studded line-up, none of the Mumbai batsman have crossed the average of 35.00.

Purple cap holder Lasith Malinga turned the game around against Pune Warriors while Dwayne Smith scored the winning runs against Chennai.

Last two games have gone in favour of Mumbai with the help of a world-class bowler and an all-rounder while Bangalore may yet again depend on the duo Gayle and De Villiers.

Squads:

Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim, Amitize Singh, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Y Chahal, Clint McKay, Herschelle Gibbs, Davy Jacobs, Richard Levi, Rahul Shukla, Dinesh Kartik, Dhawal Kulkarni, K Yadav, Lasith Malinga, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Robin Peterson, Sujit Nayak, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaydev Shah, Rudra Pratap Singh, T Suman, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Apporva Wankhe.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (captain), Mayank Agarwal, KP Appanna, Prashanth Parameswaran, Arun Karthik, Raju Bhatkal, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Kaif, Abrar Kazi, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Charl Langeveldt, Andrew McDonald, Abhimanyu Mithun, Muttiah Muralitharan, Karun Nair, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Ninan, Harshal Patel, Asad Pathan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rilee Rossouw, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad, S Thiyagarajan, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar, Vijay Zol.

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