All but out of contention for the play-offs, the Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to salvage a difficult season by sorting out their batting woes when they take on Mumbai Indians at Mumbai on Monday.
Mumbai are on the second spot in the IPL standings with 14 points, while Bangalore are second from bottom after having won just two of their 10 games.
Mumbai Indians have won seven of their nine games so far and are in contention to make it to the play-offs.
When the two sides meet at the Wankhede stadium, the hosts will have a distinct upper-hand as they have just lost one game at the venue.
The form of opener Parthiv Patel, who scored a 70 against Gujarat Lions on Saturday, will please the Mumbai Indians management.
Parthiv will like to continue from where he left off in the last game and he, along with Englishman Jos Buttler, would like to give the team a flying start.
Mumbai won their match against Gujarat Lions in a super over after both the teams were tied at 153, and they would like to dominate Royal Challengers Bangalore right from the word go.
They would expect their batters Patel, Buttler, skipper Rohit Sharma, Nitesh Rana and the Pandya brothers – Krunal and Hardik – to fire in unison.
Mumbai will also like to get back into winning ways at the Wankhede as they lost their last match against Rising Pune Supergiant.
As far as their bowling is concerned, the comeback of Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga, who picked up two wickets last night, will please coach Shane Bond.
The biggest positive for Mumbai has been their death overs bowling, courtesy Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya.
Krunal and seasoned off spinner Harbhajan Singh have been effective and the team management would like all these bowlers to restrict the RCB batting line-up.
For RCB, their batters, some of the best in the world on paper, have failed miserably in this tournament.
Skipper Virat Kohli's half-century in the previous match against Rising Pune Supergiant was the only bright spot of their performance on Saturday.
But if RCB have to score big on a batting-friendly Wankhede pitch, the likes of Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Kohli, AB de Villiers and Kedar Jadhav will need to come up with the goods, which hasn't happened so far.
RCB would also need their key spinner Samuel Badree to execute his plans well to stop the formidable Mumbai line- up.
And the likes of Srinath Arvind, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Milne, and Aniket Choudhary will have to provide support from the other end.
For RCB, their bowling is not a big problem, but their batting is certainly a big worry.
(With inputs from PTI)
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