Mumbai Indians vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore: 31st IPL Match Preview
Mumbai Indians vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore: 31st IPL Match Preview

RCB finally got a win under their belt after six losses in a row, and that will give them confidence as they face Mumbai Indians, who are coming after a loss to Rajasthan Royals. The track at the Wankhede has always been a belter and with short boundaries on offer, the big-hitters from both sides will be fancying their chances.  

RCB will need to win all their remaining games in order to qualify for the top-four, while MI are placed third with eight points from their seven games. They have a better bowling attack with the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah, but on these kind of pitches, the bowling is often reduced to nothing, with the batters taking them apart.  

As far as the playing XI goes, RCB might go in unchanged, while MI might ponder replacing Jason Behrendorff with Lasith Malinga, who has returned and is available to play the rest of the tournament for them.  

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Wicket-keeper: Parthiv Patel (8.5 credits) 
Though Quinton de Kock from MI scored a fifty in the last game, he is worth more credits, and as I want to have both AB de Villiers and Kohli in my team, I have to overlook Quinton for Parthiv Patel. The RCB keeper is not having the worst tournament either, scoring 191 runs at a strike-rate close to 130. The small ground at the Wankhede will work in his favour and he would be eager to give

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