IPL 2016: Struggling Mumbai Indians eye comeback against Gayle-less RCB

first_imgUnder-confident Mumbai Indians will aim to get back to winning ways when they come up against an explosive batting power of Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium today.After getting off to a losing start to their campaign against Rising Pune Supergiants, defending champions Mumbai came back strongly with a thumping win over Kolkata Knight Riders, but suffered two consecutive loses against Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad to have them tottering in the seventh position in the points table with just two points from four games. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Failure to get their team combination right has resulted in a series of losses for Mumbai.On the other hand, the Virat Kohli-led Bangalore have only played two games, winning convincingly against Hyderabad but losing to Delhi Daredevils in the last match and sit fourth with two points from as many games.But on Wednesday, it will be a fresh start for both the sides and Mumbai will look to make the best use of the home conditions and get their third IPL title hopes back on track. New Zealand’s hard-hitting opener Martin Guptill who made his IPL debut against Hyderabad on Monday failed to make an impact as the right-handed batsman managed only two runs. (Why IPL 2016 is crucial for Virat Kohli )Except Rohit’s unbeaten 84 against KKR, the side has been inconsistent with the bat in all three games, failing to post competitive totals which resulted in giving their bowlers very less to bowl at.advertisementParthiv Patel, despite getting starts failed to convert it into big scores, while Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya has not been among the runs.The side’s batting has been too dependent on the skipper and the extra burden on his shoulders proved costly in most occasions this season. The absence of veteran pacer and death overs specialist Lasith Malinga is hurting Mumbai. The Sri Lankan has been ruled out of the tournament after knee injury.In the absence of Malinga, Mumbai has been too dependent on Kiwi pacers Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan to give the team an early breakthrough and this combination is expected to continue against RCB. (Gayle to miss Mumbai Indians game )Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will aim to get back his form in a ground where he does comparatively well.On the other hand, RCB will be without the services of Gayle, who has flown back home to be with his wife and new-born baby boy. But the Bangalore team won’t be that affected in Gayle’s absence, with Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson in top form.Bangalore will hope to get their bowling combination right against Mumbai after being hammered by Delhi opener Quinton de Kock, who scored the first ton in the ongoing tournament.last_img

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