Date: May 9, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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In the match 54 of the Indian Premier League 2023, Mumbai Indians will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In their previous fixture, MI were comprehensively beaten by CSK in Chennai, while RCB got handed a big defeat by DC in Delhi. Currently, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore are equal on the IPL table with 10 points in 10 matches, so it's vital for either of the sides to find a way to win in their upcoming encounter and take a major step towards making the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians batting lineup has been a bit topsy-turvy in recent IPL matches, as they have chased down more than 210 total for a couple of times, while struggling to make around 150 runs in other matches. Suryakumar Yadav and Cameron Green have been two of the star batters for MI in recent round of games and they have been ably supported by the likes of Ishan Kishan and Tim David. In the bowling side of things, Mumbai have been very reliant on the veteran Piyush Chawla to curtail runs and pick up wickets, which has allowed their oppositions to put up big totals on the board on almost every occasion.
Royal Challengers Bangalore opening pair of captain Faf Du Plessis and Virat Kohli have been providing great starts to the team at the top of the order, but their rate of scoring has not been completely optimal at the same time. The middle order of RCB hasn’t set the stage alight in the IPL, but a couple of decent contributions in recent matches from Mahipal Lomror has given them a big boost. As far as the bowling goes, Mohammed Siraj losing the plot in their previous fixture against DC is not a good sign, but they can rely on the experience of Josh Hazlewood and Wanindu Hasaranga to get themselves back on track against MI in the upcoming match.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Nehal Wadhera, Tristan Stubbs, Tim David, Arshad Khan, Jofra Archer, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal (Potential Impact Substitute - Raghav Goyal for Suryakumar Yadav)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Faf Du Plessis (c), Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Anuj Rawat, Kedar Jadhav, Wanindu Hasaranga, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj (Potential Impact Substitute - Harshal Patel for Kedar Jadhav)
Grand League Team
Wicketkeeper: Dinesh Karthik
Batters: Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Virat Kohli, Faf Du Plessis
All-rounders: Nehal Wadhera, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers: Jofra Archer, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
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