The Royal Challengers Bangalore went through the Mumbai Indians’ batting line-up in their last match, dismissing them 54 runs short of the 166-run mark they were set. MI had already lost to RCB by two wickets in the season opener, and this was the first time they had lost to them twice in the same season. Kohli’s men also bowled them out, which was another first that did not make them happy.
The method and timing of the defeat, more than anything else, will hurt Mumbai the most. The setback on Sunday was their third in a row since the season resumed. They began the UAE leg in fourth place and are now only one spot ahead of the last-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mumbai has realised that the luxury of sluggish beginnings is only accessible once a season, having built a reputation as slow starters before teeing off. But it’s not all doom and gloom.
Because the IPL is still in its infancy, examples abound. This season, Mumbai hasn’t fared much better than their three losses in a row. They went on to lose four consecutive games in 2015, the same year they won their second IPL title. However, they would rather not display such daring in order to stop their losing streak on September 28 when they face Punjab Kings, a team that has defeated them 13 times in 27 matches.
Mumbai Indians (MI) Predicted Playing XI for IPL 2021 Match 42:
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are the openers.
985730050 isn’t just any phone number. The only two hitters to reach double figures for Mumbai Indians against RCB were Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. Rohit seemed in control during his 28-ball 43, which included five boundaries and a six, but he holed out in the deep when a strong Ishan Kishan shot struck his hand.
Along with de Kock’s 24 in 23, Rohit got the team off to the kind of start they expected when attempting a 166-run chase, but it was a terrible storey after their exits, with Mumbai being reduced to 111 all-out from 79/1.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are in the middle order.
Mumbai’s middle-order continued to struggle against RCB, with Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav returning to add 17 runs in 21 balls between them. Yadav’s 8 off 9 was his fourth consecutive single-digit score, while Kishan has appeared to be an alien throughout the season, including a succession of underwhelming first-leg performances in the Indian leg.
Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and Krunal Pandya are all all-rounders.
Hardik Pandya returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games due to a niggle, only to be one of the victims of a Harshal Patel hat-trick. MI did not employ him to bowl, and he only scored three runs with the bat. Krunal Pandya, his brother, has also been out of touch. In the UAE leg, where his highest score with the bat has been 12, he has only completed his quota of overs once and has failed to take a wicket.
In the previous match, Kieron Pollard was another of Harshal Patel’s victims, scoring a 10-ball 7. Pollard, like Hardik, was not employed for bowling. Whatever the cause for their absence, the Mumbai Indians are gradually becoming a solo all-rounder in the guise of three. If Pollard and Hardik are expected to be used as pure hitters, their production has been surprisingly poor, and they aren’t aiding their team’s case at the present.
Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rahul Chahar are the bowlers.
Trent Boult got back into his stride after a wicketless game against KKR, and despite only picking up one wicket, he was at his frugal best, conceding only 17 in four overs.
To the end of the economy, Jasprit Bumrah has been in ranges he has seldom seen before this season, but there is no shortage of wickets for him on the front end. In the previous game, he had three wickets, including a twin-strike that dismissed both Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers on successive deliveries.
Maxwell toyed with Adam Milne, who smacked a bowler of his calibre for switch shots and reverse with ease, and the treatment Milne endured was reflected in his stats, which read 1/48 with Rahul Chahar’s 1/33. Mumbai’s bowling lineup, on the other hand, chooses itself.
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