The Mumbai Indians will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 16 of Pepsi IPL 2015 on Sunday at 8 PM IST at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, each vying to climb up the ladder from the bottom two position.
Otherwise, with one away win and one loss on home turf, hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are sweating out for a victory over Mumbai Indians today. “In T20 format, both teams stand a good chance to win. Mumbai has got some match winners. We can’t take them for granted. We need to execute our plans well to win over them,” RCB all-rounder Daren Sammy told reporters on Saturday.
With four defeats on trot, Mumbai Indians are desperate to register their first win in the tournament’s eighth edition. After a dramatic three-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata on April 11, RCB lost to Sun Risers Hyderabad by 8 wickets on April 13.
Observing that RCB would have an edge playing on the home ground with the support of its die-hard fans, the West Indian said, “If we want to win, the team has to perform as a unit and every player’s role is important. We can’t be depending only on (Chris) Gayle, (Virat) Kohli and AB (de Villiers) or one or two bowlers to deliver every time.”
Admitting his poor performance, Sammy said he was confident of proving his ability to bat, bowl and field far better today. “I am here to impact the team and help RCB win matches. No better time to kick-start than tomorrow (Sunday). We have another big game coming in succession here on Wednesday against Chennai Super Kings,” Sammy said.
With Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc joining team on Sunday, Sammy said, “He is decent and in good form, which is a plus point. He has had good year, especially with the white ball. To have him here to lead the attack would be a massive advantage to us.”
Where to Watch Live
The match today between RCB and Mumbai Indians will start at 8 pm IST (3.30 pm BST, 10.30 am ET) and the live broadcast is is available in five languages in India on Sony Six (English),Sony Max (Hindi), Sony Kix (Tamil and Telugu) and Sony Aath (Bengali). For those online, free live streaming will be available atHotStar.
For UK cricket lovers of IPL, it is on Sky Sports, while the online live streaming will be available at Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports. Viewers in the Gulf or the Middle East can catch it on OSN TV channel, while those who want to watch the live-streaming can access the match on OSN website at OSN Play.
Elsewhere in the US, cricket fans, mostly Indians can tune in to ESPN orESPN Cricket and those in Canada can watch the match on Sportsnet, while the online live streaming is available at Sportsnet World.
IPL broadcasting TV channels:
|Indian Sub Continent||Sony Max & Six|
|Middle East & North Africa||OSN Cricket|
|South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa||SuperSport|
|UK & Europe||Sky Sports|
|HongKong||Now TV (PCCW)|
|Singapore||StarHub & Singtel|
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RCB have played the fewest matches of all teams at this stage – two – and have two points to show from their win against the Kolkata Knight Riders. They lost their first home match of the season to Sunrisers Hyderabad despite posting 166 runs on the board and will need to address the problems in the bowling department. There is enough firepower in the batting department and one can bank on one of the big guns to fire every time, but the quick bowlers have come in for plenty of stick – leaking runs at 9.72 runs per over and that is an area that calls for an immediate fix. Mitchell Starc, the Player of the World Cup 2015, is expected to join the team and his addition could be huge boost to the RCB bowling lineup.
Mumbai Indians have problems galore. From problems with the opening pair, to batting well in the first six overs, to some of the tactics used, MI need to revisit the drawing board to get things in order. Areas to fix include: getting their batting order right, for the opening pair to get runs (the team has had opening partnerships of 8, 0, 27 & 1) and batting well in the first six overs (scores of 37-3, 17-3, 31-1 & 31-3 in the first six overs). The positives the team could look at are: the form of Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma, posting a century partnership in three of their four matches, and posting totals of 168-3, 159-7, 164-5 and 183-7 despite the poor starts.
No batsman has top-scored for the Royal Challengers Bangalore more than Chris Gayle; off the 53 occasions he has batted in the RCB jersey, Gayle has finished innings top-scorer on 25 occasions. No batsman knows the T20 format better than the Jamaican, who holds the record for the most runs, most hundreds and most sixes not.
In the Mumbai Indians ranks, one doesn’t have to look beyond captain Rohit Sharma. The 27-year old has had a mixed tournament; he scored an unbeaten 98 in the season opener, which was followed by two Ducks. In his most recent outing against the Chennai Super Kings, he came good once again with a classic innings of 50. MI have had problems aplenty and it is therefore imperative that the captain bats in the top three and gives himself the chance to bat as many deliveries as possible.
Chris Gayle has never been dismissed by Lasith Malinga so far in the IPL. The Mumbai Indians’ spearhead – the top wicket-taker in the IPL – will be looking to set that record straight come Sunday.
Batsmen dismissed by Harbhajan Singh so far in Pepsi IPL 2015: Manish Pandey, Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith. Which of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli or AB de Villiers will he add to that list?
The head-to-head in IPL matches between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians reads 7 wins to RCB and 8 wins to MI.
Interestingly, MI have the best record against RCB among all the visiting teams in IPL matches at Bengaluru; they have won 4 off their 5 matches against RCB at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have now won only one of their last five matches at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. In the nine matches preceding that, they were victorious in eight.
The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, the world’s first solar-powered cricket stadium, has played host to the most IPL matches – 45.
In his last outing at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru – on 2 November 2013, Rohit Sharma scored 209 in an ODI against Australia.
The Mumbai Indians have used as many as 17 different players in their four matches so far.
Lasith Malinga has gone wicket-less in six of the 11 IPL matches he bowled in against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Prediction: RCB may win today with stronger players getting the message to show their mettle or fade off.
GERS BANGALORE: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Harshal Patel, Vijay Zol, Abu Nechim, Sandeep Warrier, Yogesh Takawale, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rilee Rossouw, Iqbal Abdulla, Manvinder Bisla, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Subramaniam Badrinath, Darren Sammy, Sean Abbott, Adam Milne, David Wiese, Sarfaraz Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Shishir Bhavane.
MUMBAI INDIANS:Rohit Sharma (C), Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu (W), Harbhajan Singh, Corey Anderson, Aditya Tare, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Marchant de Lange, Pawan Suyal, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Aaron Finch, Pragyan Ojha, Mitchell McClenaghan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Aiden Blizzard, Akshay Wakhare, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Hardik Pandya, Jagadeesha Suchitch, Unmukt Chand, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel.