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Mumbai Indians are targeting a first win of IPL 11
Here’s what’s in store in the Indian Premier League today…
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will look to chalk up their first win of IPL 11 at the fourth time of asking as they welcome a power-packed Royal Challengers Bangalore to Wankhede Stadium. The build-up begins at 3pm on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event, with the first ball bowled at 3.30pm.
Mumbai vs Bangalore
April 17, 2018, 3:00pm
How have the teams done so far?
Mumbai have lost each of their three games, although they have all been tight finishes – the Indians were beaten from the penultimate delivery in their opener against Chennai Super Kings before suffering last-ball reverses against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils.
Rohit Sharma’s side had Chennai 116-8 chasing 165 with three overs to go before Dwayne Bravo’s brisk fifty and a hobbling Kedar Jadhav lifted the Super Kings to an unlikely triumph, while they then saw Sunrisers No 11 Billy Stanlake score the winning runs after his team had suffered a late collapse.
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Then, on Saturday, Mumbai were undone by Jason Roy as the England man blazed an unbeaten 91 from 53 deliveries as Delhi trumped Mumbai’s 194-7 – Roy skewing the final delivery over cover for one having swished and missed from Mustafizur Rahman’s previous three balls.
RCB, meanwhile, have won one and lost two of their opening three encounters, with an AB de Villiers-inspired success over Kings XI Punjab sandwiched by defeats to Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals – RCB conceding 217 runs on Sunday as Rajasthan’s Sanju Samson ran riot.
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One to watch
Mumbai looked poised for a far greater total than 194 against Delhi when opener Suryakumar Yadav (59 off 32) helped them to a franchise-record 84 runs in the powerplay, so he is worth keeping an eye on, while Jasprit Bumrah is one of the finest death bowlers around.
RCB’s top four is comprised of Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, skipper Virat Kohli and De Villiers, but Mandeep Singh is more than useful in the middle order and teenager Washington Sundar gives it a bunt down the order as well as bowling tidy off-spin.
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Which England players could feature?
Moeen Ali is still awaiting his RCB debut but Chris Woakes has played every game so far and is the joint leading wicket-taker – his seven scalps placing him level with 20-year-old Mumbai leg-spinner Mayank Markande and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sunil Narine.
Who’s in the Sky Sports Cricket studio?
There will be England interest in there, too, with Jonny Bairstow joining us for insight and analysis. Matt Floyd will host our coverage with Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate our second guest. Ryan should be pretty fresh with wet weather forcing his side’s Specsavers County Championship opener at Yorkshire to be abandoned without a ball being bowled!
Jonny Bairstow will be in the Sky Sports studio on Tuesday afternoon
Sky Sports will continue to show every IPL game live, so fans from all over can enjoy the best of Indian cricket.