The teams: Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rohit v Virat. Before the season started, these were the top two sides on paper, packed with superstars, and yet here we are. After 4 matches, MI is languishing near the bottom of the table with just one win against KKR, while RCB are recovering from a demoralising, unexpected loss to DD. MI continue their trend of starting the IPL slowly, much to the frustration of their fans. RCB has batted well despite Gayle’s failures, but their bowling in the absence of Badree remains the weak link.
The Venue: The Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Usually a great batting track, the last couple of games here were atypical for this wicket – there was pace, seam, spin and bounce and the scores were in the 120-140 range. The team batting second has won each game played here this IPL.
Our picks for your fantasy cricket team
AB de Villiers – 2 RCB matches, 2 ABdV specials. First he spanked 82 off 42 balls against a strong SRH attack. Then he put together a more sedate 55 off 33 balls against DD, including a 15 run over against Zaheer Khan. He will look to use the small Wankhede boundaries to his advantage against MI’s pace-heavy attack.
Rohit Sharma – The Mumbai captain has a lot riding on this game after the reigning champions have made an abysmal start to 2016. Rohit has the ability to single-handedly take MI across the finish line, and he will need to replicate Quinton de Kock’s match-winning innings here on Wednesday. The Hitman will look to go one-up on Virat by targeting the weak RCB bowling attack.
Sarfaraz Khan – Although he missed out against Delhi, he was run out only thanks to a moment of brilliance by Shami in the field. Sarfaraz continues to be our wildcard pick for RCB. Gayle misfiring at the top might actually give Sarfaraz more time in the middle and a quick cameo from him could help you get ahead of others in the fantasy league.
Best fan comments of the day
Lakhan Rock says: “are Yusuf pathan ko chance do ……wo roti bnaane ke liye nhi hai team main”
Rahul KD responds : “arre pathan to roti banane k layak v nhi hai….wo team pe ek bojh hai…10 mese kahi jake 1 match m 20/30 run krta hai WO v bohut muskil se…”
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