DUBAI – A disciplined bowling performance by the Royal Challengers Bangalore restricted Mumbai Indians to 115/9 in 20 overs after being inserted in to bat first.
The ease with which the RCB won their previous encounter against Delhi Daredevils has surely sent a statement of intent to the rest of the Indian Premier League sides, and in their second game of IPL 7.
Mumbai Indians – the defending champions – lost their first match to Kolkata Knight Riders, and Rohit Sharma hopes that he can lead his side back to winning ways against Bangalore. In contrast, Kohli's men eased to an eight-wicket win over Delhi to start their campaign after the bowlers did a fine job restricting Delhi. Besides Kohli, Parthiv Patel and Yuvraj Singh played fine knocks to chase down the total in just 16.4 overs.
Bangalore's foreign recruits have always been their strength, especially Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers. They also have Albie Morkel and Mitchell Starc in their ranks this time around. Starc did not have the best of debuts in the IPL against Delhi but will most likely retain his place today against Mumbai.
On the other hand, Mumbai will have plenty of work to do both in batting as well as bowling departments after their 41-run loss to KKR in the tournament opener. Barring Zaheer Khan and the ever-reliable Lasith Malinga's four-wicket effort, Mumbai's bowling performance against KKR can be termed as pathetic.