Battle of equals as RCB host Mumbai

With just one point separating the two teams,there will be plenty to play for

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 14, 2012 1:31 am

Crunch Game: With just one point separating the two teams,there will be plenty to play for. A victory for the Mumbai Indians will get them to second position — or cement the third spot,depending on the result of the second match — while also denting Bangalore’s playoff chances. Victory for the orange and gold brigade will leave Mumbai to fight off Rajasthan,Chennai and Punjab. Mumbai have just lost one away game,to the Delhi Daredevils,this season while Bangalore too have been on a roll of late. When the two teams faced off previously in the league,Bangalore had won comprehensively.

IN FOCUS — Lasith Malinga: The Sri Lankan pacer will be keen to wear the purple cap — a testimonial of his abilities as a quality new-ball bowler,and the most feared death-over specialist. Malinga,who was put in the ‘A’ category central contract list by the Sri Lankan Cricket on Sunday,has 20 dismissals to his credit in Season 5,one behind leader Morne Morkel,and shares the best economy rate with Sunil Narine.

WOOD VS LEATHER: It’s a perfect contest between bat and ball — between Mumbai’s famed bowling attack and Bangalore’s feared batting order,and vice-versa. Mumbai’s bowling attack of Malinga,Pollard,Munaf,Ojha will be keen to pull their weight against Gayle,Dilshan and AB de Villiers,the three in-form batsmen. Bangalore’s attack of Zaheer Khan,R Vinay Kumar,Muttiah Muralitharan,KP Appanna have redeemed themselves in the last three games,bowling as a tight unit and will be tested against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar,Rohit Sharma,Dinesh Karthik and Pollard. And with Herschelle Gibbs cementing his place at the top of the order,the Mumbai batting seems to be finally set in stone.

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