Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore must be feeling like they are having a bad dream. The team with the most deadly batting lineup in the IPL has done miserably so far.
This is one of their worst campaigns in IPL history and barring some mathematical probabilities, RCB are out of the competition. Today they travel to Mumbai as they take on a side which is brimming with confidence.
Mumbai Indians won an exciting game in the super over against Gujarat which kept them second in the league table. A win today will propel them to the top spot as barring Pune, no other team has been able to stop Mumbai's juggernaut.
Though they have had to endure close finishes in their last three games, Mumbai have a healthy record against RCB and lead 14-8 in all meetings. At the Wankhede, the score is tied at 3-3, which may give the Royal Challengers a glimmer of hope going into this game.
Here, we statistically compare the two expected starting lineups of both the sides in order to find a favourite for this encounter. The comparison made is only based on the IPL career stats with the internationals not being counted for this head to head comparison. (*Players who have played less than 15 matches are not included in this face off)
|Mumbai Indians||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Who’s better?|
|Jos Buttler||Chris Gayle||RCB|
|Runs- 494, Avg- 24.7, SR- 145.29||Runs- 3578, Avg- 42.09, SR- 151.8|
|Rohit Sharma||Virat Kohli||RCB|
|Runs- 3991, Avg- 32.71, SR- 130.85||Runs- 4329, Avg- 37.97, SR- 130.04|
|Parthiv Patel||Kedar Jadhav||MI|
|Runs- 2166, Avg- 21.66, SR- 116.26||Runs- 839, Avg- 24.68, SR- 136.2|
|Nitish Rana||AB De Villiers||N/A|
|Runs- 389, Avg- 35.36, SR- 135.07||Runs- 3410, Avg- 38.75, SR-148.07|
|Hardik Pandya||Sachin Baby||MI|
|Runs- 293, Avg- 19.53, SR- 143.63||Runs- 125, Avg- 17.86, SR- 134.41|
|Kieran Pollard||Stuart Binny||MI|
Runs- 2172, Avg- 28.58, SR- 146.07
Wkts- 56, Avg- 31.61, Eco- 8.86
Runs- 766, Avg- 20.16, SR- 126.82
Wkts- 21, Avg- 32.43, Eco- 7.57
|Krunal Pandya||Pawan Negi||MI|
Runs- 371, Avg- 33.73, SR- 167.87
Wkts- 14, Avg- 27.36, Eco- 7.07
Runs- 279, Avg- 16.41, SR- 127.98
Wkts- 22, Avg- 32.68, Eco- 7.82
|Mitchell Mclenaghan||Samuel Badree||N/A|
|Wkts- 47, Avg- 24.49, Eco- 8.44||Wkts- 11, Avg- 24.09, Eco- 7.16|
|Lasith Malinga||Sreenath Aravind||MI|
|Wkts- 149, Avg- 18.48, Eco- 6.86||Wkts- 44, Avg- 22.25, Eco- 8.05|
|Harbhajan Singh||Yuzvendra Chahal||MI|
|Wkts- 124, Avg- 26.57, Eco- 6.93||Wkts- 66, Avg- 21.95, Eco- 7.9|
|Jasprit Bumrah||Tymal Mills||N/A|
|Wkts- 37, Avg- 33.76, Eco- 8.35||Wkts- 5, Avg- 30.6, Eco- 8.58|
Mumbai Indians 6-2 Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB’s problems can very much be summed up from this table as the trio of Kohli, Gayle and AB De Villiers are the only players who come up on top against a balanced Mumbai Indians side. The 4 pm match guarantees runs at the Wankhede as there can’t be a better venue for RCB to give something back to their fans.