Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Match 41 at Bengaluru: Likely XI for MI

Source By cricketcountry…

With just 10 points from 10 games, MI will need to find consistency in the final four matches in order to qualify for the play-offs

As the tournament gets to its business end, the picture regarding top-4 teams for playoffs is getting clear. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s last night win over Rising Pune Supergiants has all but assured the qualification of the former. And today’s game between Royal Challengers Bangaloreand Mumbai Indians at Bengaluru may just be the most important fixture for both teams this season. Languishing at 5th and 6th respectively, both the sides have had ordinary campaigns, according to their standards. The repercussion of a loss in this game may well be a knockout from the tournament for one the teams. FULL SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Match 41 at Bengaluru

As the Champions of 2015, MI had a mixed start to their title defense. With just 10 points from 10 games, they will need to find consistency in the final four matches in order to qualify for the play-offs.The biggest issue with MI’s side has been the struggle of batsmen. The top order has contributed quite a lot, but the middle order is yet to really fire. In a game of such high magnitude, we try to figure out the MI’s XI which can sen RCB’s season packing.

Top Order: In a season of captain leading from the front, Rohit Sharma has been up there assuming his responsibility. 388 runs from 10 innings clearly indicates no struggle from his side, but he will hope to get way more runs than what he scored in the last game against SRH. His opening partner throughout the tournament, except the opening game against RPS, has been the diminutive Parthiv Patel. How he is still playing in the team is very questionable, but there has been huge faith showed on him by the coaching staff. And he must do a lot good to improve on his 176 runs from 9 innings.

At No.3, MI have got a gem of a player in Ambati Rayudu. Capable of playing a controlled innings, as well as an aggressive knock, Rayudu has only been second to skipper Rohit in terms of batting display. While 277 runs from 10 innings isn’t exactly outstanding, his consistency has been second to none in IPL 2016. Expect MI to heavily depend of him for runs.

Middle Order: The Englishman Jos Buttler had shown world’s promise for his national side in the past year, especially in the T20 World Cup 2016. But strangely for some reason, he has failed to deliver for MI till now, barring a 41 against Kolkata Knight Riders. A very dangerous batsman on his day, Buttler will need to repay the faith shown on him by the coaching staff. Next up at No.5 will be Krunal Pandya. The elder of the two Pandya brothers, Krunal has been more than handy with both both bat and ball. He looks very composed while batting, and also has the ability to change the game with aggressive intent.

The might West Indian Kieron Pollard comes next, despite clearly not having completely recovered from a injury which ruled him out of T20 World Cup 2016. While his performances haven’t been breathtaking, he had shown flashes of brilliance against KKR and RCB early in the season. His inclusion in the side has potentially kept out Corey Anderson from the squad, and he will need to make a real statement of intent. The final slot in the batting order has been given to Hardik Pandya. Given a chance to show his talent with both bat and ball, Hardik has been abysmal. What reasons have kept in the team is beyond logic, and such questions will further grow if he doesn’t produce moments of brilliance against RCB.

Lower Order: The only area where performances have been regularly delivered, MI’s bowling has been more than acceptable. The pace trio of Tim Southee, Mitcell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah have regularly delivered with ball. With 32 wickets between them, the trio have done a commendable job for their side. While the batting weakness is clearly at view, Corey Anderson coming in for Southee may well be a possibility, considering the former’s all round ability. The only spinner in the side, Harbhajan Singh has been decent. Not really great or poor, Harbhajan has quietly gone about his business. 7 wickets from 10 games may not speak volumes of his good performance, but his bowling against SRH in last game showed he means business.

Mumbai Indians likely XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Parthiv Patel(wk), Amabati Rayudu, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Corey Anderson/Tim Southee, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah

Read more…