MI VS RCB – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 14th match of IPL 2018 between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians have started off their VIVO IPL 2018 campaign in the same manner as their skipper Rohit Sharma does early on in his innings with a pinch of lazy elegance. They are placed at bottom of the table, having lost each of the three games so far.
The Kolhi-led Bangalore, on the other hand, have managed to sneak out a solitary victory against Kings XI Punjab. Although they lost the previous fixture against Rajasthan, Mandeep Singh and Washington Sundar propelled RCB close to the 217 posted by Rajasthan Royals.
The two sides are all set to lock horns in what would be a high voltage encounter at the Wankhede stadium on 16 April.
Mumbai Indians Team News
Carving out the positives from the last game, the move to promote Surya Kumar Yadav in the MI batting line up paid off well. Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan also provided a solid foundation to the team in the top order.
Besides, Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya had an off day conceding well over 40 runs in his four overs. Also, Hardik Pandya and Mustrafizur Rahman were equally hammered by the Delhi batsmen.
Skipper Rohit Sharma is yet to fire with the bat, while Kieron Pollard hasn’t yet added value to the team either. New Zealand seamer Adam Milne has joined the Mumbai camp as a replacement for injured Pat Cummins. He is expected to be the fourth seamer alongside Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman and Hardik Pandya.
Playing XI (Last Match): E.Lewis, Rohit Sharma (C), I. Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, K. Pollard, Hardik Pandya, M. Markande, J. Bumrah, A. Dananjaya, Mustafizur Rahman.
Royal Challengers Team News
All the RCB bowlers, except or Yuzvendra Chahal, were hammered brutally by Sanju Samson in the previous contest against Rajasthan Royals. Umesh Yadav was given a harsh treatment as he gave away as many as 27 runs in the final over.
Skipper Virat Kohli struck a brilliant half-century but soon succumbed to pressure while chasing 218. AB de Villiers too played a bit of a cameo with Mandeep and Washington stealing the limelight later on, though in a losing cause.
All-rounder Pawan Negi, who replaced Sarfraz Khan, couldn’t contribute much with both bat and ball. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme could replace Brendon McCullum who hasn’t looked in good knick. Parthiv might also make his way into the XI in place of Negi.
Playing XI (Last Match): Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock (wk),Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Top Funtasy Picks
Mumbai Indians: Surya Kumar Yadav – The right hander has been in tremendous form right throughout the tournament so far. Furthermore, his promotion up the order has helped him play his shots freely.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Washington Sundar – The sharp all-rounder batted magnificently against the Rajasthan Royals. Furthermore, his economical spells make him the top RCB pick on our list.
Punt Pick: Colin De Grandhomme – The Kiwi all-rounder might be drafted in the side of his New Zealand teammate Brendon McCullum. He could well serve RCB with his all-round propensity.
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