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After maiden win, RCB look to spoil Mumbai's party

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Fresh from a much awaited victory, will be aiming to maintain winning momentum and spoil Indians' party when the two sides face-off in the here Monday.

After a string of losses where nothing worked in their favour, fifties by and ever-reliable Ab de Villiers, helped RCB register their maiden win of the season on Saturday night.

The team is heavily reliant on Kohli and de Villiers and both would be keen to recreate their magic in front of a capacity crowd in Mumbai, on a day when the Indian team for the upcoming is scheduled to be picked.

Despite the win against KXIP, RCB remain at the bottom of the points table and remain to win all their remaining league games to have any hopes of progressing in the tournament.

Apart from Kohli (270 runs from 7 matches) and ABD (232 runs from 7 matches), RCB's other strength has been the pint-sized wicket-keeper batsman

Despite his father being in the ICU, Patel has shown commitment and amassed 191 runs in seven games.

However, the likes of Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, and should score heavily.

On the front, RCB's biggest asset has been Yuzvendra Chahal, who is the second on the most wickets list with 11 scalps. Chahal would be key on a slow Wankhede track and has the potential to dismantle Mumbai's strong batting line up.

But he would need support from (6 wickets), (4 wickets), Moeen (3 wickets) and a profligate Umesh Yadav (2 wickets). The arrival of veteran pace is also a massive boost for RCB.

On the other hand, after suffering a four wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals, would be aiming to get back to winning ways.

The good sign for them is that (165 runs), who made a comeback after missing out a game due to and South African (238 runs), have got runs under their belt along with Hardik Pandya.

The others Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav (154 runs), Kieron Pollard (185 runs) and Krunal Pandya (92 runs) need to be consistent with the bat.

The bowlers would want to forget the hammering by Englishman and come up fresh.

Also a word on West Indian pacer Alzarri Joseph, who sustained a while fielding in the last game, is awaited from the team management.

Teams (From):

Indians: (C), (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Alzarri Joseph, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: (C), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, and

Match starts at 8 PM.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 12:25 IST
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