Royal Challengers Bangalore
After a humiliating defeat against KKR to start the UAE leg, RCB found plenty of runs from their openers in their last game, including their struggling captain Virat Kohli, but a victory still evaded them as CSK emerged victorious at their expense.
The zero-time IPL winners have now lost two in two in UAE and are currently placed third on the points table.
In the defeat to CSK, RCB openers did their job. In fact, when Kohli departed the score was a very healthy 111-1, with the 14th over just having started. Even when his partner Devdutt Padikkal got out at the end of the 17th, the scoreboard read 140-3. Of the next 18 deliveries, only 16 runs were made, for which Glenn Maxwell, Tim David and others are to blame.
Like RCB, Mumbai Indians have also lost both their matches since IPL resumed in the desert, although in their defence they’ve had their injury troubles.
Captain Rohit Sharma missed the last match and is again an uncertainty for this fixture. Allrounder Hardik Pandya hasn’t featured at all in the UAE leg, and although bowling coach Shane Bond says he is fit enough, it remains to be seen if he would feature against RCB.
Such is their winning pedigree that Mumbai’s form issues during the round-robin stage are generally ignored. But they are languishing in sixth place in an eight-team league. If they want to defend their crown, they will have to lift their performances sooner rather than later