We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Bangalore vs Mumbai Match at MCA Stadium Pune
Two out of three matches at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune have been won by the defending team. The average first and second innings scores at this venue are 180 and 156 respectively.
Probable Playing XIs for Bangalore & Mumbai
Glenn Maxwell will be available for selection. Sherfane Rutherford is likely to make way for the Australian star.
Probable XI for Bangalore: Faf du Plessis* (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell*, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga*, David Willey*, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep/Siddharth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj
Daniel Sams is likely to be dropped after costing Mumbai the game against Kolkata.
Probable XI for Mumbai: Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard*, Riley Meredith*, Dewald Brevis*, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills*, Basil Thampi/Jaydev Unadkat
Power Players for Bangalore vs Mumbai Match
In his very first game, Suryakumar Yadav made an impact with the bat by scoring 52 off 36 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes. He is arguably the best player of spin bowling in the tournament. He has made the No.3 position his own in the Mumbai lineup.
Tilak Varma has been a surprise package in this edition. The youngster’s maturity and shot-making ability is already making headlines. His scores read 22, 61, and 38*. In addition to his gutsy batting, he has also taken some clean catches in the deep. They all add to the fantasy points tally.
Although Ishan Kishan couldn’t find the desired momentum against Kolkata, he remains the leading run-scorer (149) for his side this season. Mumbai will continue to pin hopes on their diminutive wicketkeeper-batter to explode in the powerplay.
Glenn Maxwell was the best batter on show (513 runs) for Bangalore in the previous edition. Furthermore, he will also have fond memories of scoring a half-century when he last played against Mumbai in 2021.
Smart Picks for Bangalore vs Mumbai Match
There are very few better finishers in Indian T20 League than Dinesh Karthik. His cameo 44 off 23 balls at a strike rate of 191.3 against Rajasthan swung the game in Bangalore’s favour. Interestingly, he is yet to be dismissed in the competition. Given his recent run, he is one of the hottest picks in fantasy leagues.
Mumbai might have lost three games in a row, but Tymal Mills has done a good job with the ball by picking 6 wickets. His short balls have fetched him the desired results.
Bangalore would want Wanindu Hasaranga to exert pressure on Mumbai’s middle- and lower-order. The legspinner has bagged 6 wickets, including a match-winning four-wicket haul against Kolkata.
If Bangalore are to continue their winning run, they will need significant contributions at the top from Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. Between the two, they have added only 180 runs.
Harshal Patel keeps consistently delivering for Bangalore. He has taken 4 wickets in this edition and was also the Player of the Match when he bowled against Mumbai in the opening game of 2021.
Rohit Sharma is yet to set the stage on fire this season. Against Bangalore, he has scored 759 runs at 27, including the highest score of 94. The Mumbai skipper has also registered 7 half-centuries against the same opposition.
Bangalore vs Mumbai Match Preview
Although Mumbai have dominated Bangalore in the head-to-head count (19-12), they have lost their last two encounters to them. Moreover, the five-time champions will also be under immense pressure coming into this clash, after suffering a hat-trick of defeats in this edition.
On the other hand, Bangalore have managed to win two games in a row, post their defeat to Punjab earlier in the competition.
Bangalore’s lineup will also be strengthened with the presence of Maxwell. For Mumbai, though, getting their bowling act together will take top precedence.
Time: 9 April, 7.30 PM IST