IPL 2014 Preview: Confident Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) takes on shaky Mumbai Indians (MI)

 

IPL 2014 Preview: Confident Royal Challengers Bangalore takes on shaky Mumbai Indians

The action in Indian Premier League now moves to the third venue which is Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Here confident looking Royal Challengers Bangalore will pit against the shaky Mumbai Indians. RCB had the start they wanted to and with return of Yuvraj Singh’s form things look better in their camp while MI could not be their best in the opening game and will look to bounce back quickly.

Power Punch: RCB missed the services of Chris Gayle in their opening game, but thankfully that did not proved much costly as Bangalore comprehensively defeated Daredevils from Delhi. Nic Maddinson replaced Gayle but he perished soon after hitting a boundary off his first ball in IPL. So, Gayle will come straight into the team, opening. MI batsmen looked out of sorts against Kolkata Knight Riders despite that the team won’t tinker much with the playing XI. Rohit Sharma needs to promote himself up and make most of his talent.

 Weak Point: RCB had a decent outing the other night, bowlers looked in good shape and batsmen did no wrong, thus sealing a comfortable win but Ashok Dinda who is a death bowler specialist in RCB side was taken for cleaners, giving away 51 runs from his four overs. Seems bowling Coach Allan Donald has some work to do. Mumbai Indians did well against Kolkata Knight Riders until the first strategic time-out. After that they let loose the duo of Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey to build a match winning partnership. Barring Lasith Malinga and Zaheer Khan no other bowler had an impact. Spin pair Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha have to come back strong to restrict hefty RCB batting.

Desi Touch: Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal showed his grace by spinning the ball both ways; rookie seems to be a good prospect and can once again shower his magic with the ball. Veteran Zaheer Khan looked in good shape with his line and length. Khan can be lethal especially bowling to left handers. With two left handers Parthiv Patel and Chris Gayle as openers, he can be hard to negotiate early on.

SQUADS:

MI: Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ambati Rayudu, Pragyan Ojha, Aditya Tare, Jasprit Bumrah, Jalaj Saxena, Pawan Suyal, Sushant Marathe, C.M. Gautam, Apoorv Wankhade, Shreyas Gopal, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson, Josh Hazelwood, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie, Ben Dunk.

RCB: Virat Kohli (c), Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Vijay Zol, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, An Ahmed, Harshal Patel , Shadab Jakati, Sandeep Warrier, Tanmay Mishra, Yogesh Takawale, Sachin Rana, Yuzvendra Chahal. Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ravi Rampaul, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Nic Maddinson.