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This will be the Mumbai Indians starting XI against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Fresh from their victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, Mumbai Indians will lock horns with another superpower, Royal Challengers Bengaluru. Bengaluru was blown away by Maxwell's blitz in the last match despite AB de Villiers producing a stunning display of batting. Here's the probable eleven of the Mumbai Indians. 

Openers: 
Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler

The duo has given Mumbai Indians a great start and will be looking forward to doing the same again. Parthiv Patel, in particular, found ways to score boundary after boundary against a strong bowling attack. Buttler provided a promising start but couldn't capitalise on the same. With the Bengaluru's bowling lineup looking depleted, expect the openers to fire.

Upper Middle Order:
Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya
Rohit Sharma's lean patch continued as he was caught plumb in front of the wickets in the last match. He is yet to score a boundary and severely looks low on confidence. As the going gets tough, the tough gets going, they say. Rohit Sharma is a tough man and will definitely work his way up. 

 

 

Rana produced a blinder against Kolkata Knight Riders and was among the runs again when Mumbai completed an easy victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is the key man to the Mumbai batting lineup. 
Krunal Pandya came good with the bat with his 20-ball 37. His knock was studded with three boundaries and as many sixes. He is looking in good touch with both bat and ball at the moment.

Lower Middle Order:
Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Harbhajan Singh
Kieron Pollard failed with the bat yet again but his fielding exploits have saved Mumbai Indians a few runs. He will be looking to score well with the bat and with his unnatural gameplay, he might well be among the runs against the Bengaluru franchise. 

 

Hardik Pandya has been in sensational form with the bat, this season and has a good strike-rate as well. He will be keen on continuing the same form.

 

 

Harbhajan Singh was among the wickets with the ball and gave away just 23 runs in his 4-over spell against Hyderabad. He looked a different bowler, opening the attack with the new ball and might be asked to do the same with Gayle's struggles against offies well known.

Bowlers
Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah
Barring McClenaghan, both Malinga and Bumrah were exceptional with the ball and were economical as well. McClenaghan snared the key wicket of Shikhar Dhawan but went for 42 runs. He'll be hoping to replicate his form from last year and he will be looking to perform well against the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson.

Bumrah picked up 3 wickets and was awarded the Man of the Match for his impressive display. He rattled the stumps when he bowled a peach to Cutting. His death bowling was also good and conceded a mere 5 runs off the last over.

 

 

Malinga is finding his feet in this year's edition and has played an anchor role in the bowling attack. He has used his variations well and made a good comeback in the last match after leaking a few runs against Kolkata. 

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