Mumbai Indians will look to pick up their first win at home in IPL 2016, when they host the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. MI, the defending champions, have made another underwhelming start to their season, and they will want to get back on course as quickly as possible with a victory over RCB.
The first two matches in front of their own fans have not gone according to plan for MI, with the batsmen failing to live up to the expectations. On a pitch that has not quite been as batting-friendly as the ones in the World T20, the men with the willow have struggled for timing and consistency, leading to below-par scores in both the matches.
T20 matches are usually won by the top-four batsmen, and that is where the Mumbai Indians have failed to fire. In Parthiv Patel they have a batsman capable of scoring a quick 20-30 runs, but when it comes to going on and scoring big from there, the left-hander very rarely obliges. Rohit Sharma, the captain who has dropped down to No.4, will hope Martin Guptill gives MI the impetus needed at the top of the order, because if the top four keeps failing, the Mumbai Indians will keep losing games.
What might work in MI's favour is that RCB's bowling is not the greatest. If they can put the early pressure on the bowlers, the Mumbai Indians batting might just finally click.
However, while RCB's bowling is a little suspect, there is no such worry over their batting. The Royal Challengers have scored a combined 418 runs in their first two matches, with the bulk of those runs coming from the bats of skipper Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers.
While Chris Gayle failed in his first two games, Kohli and De Villiers found their range in style, and the pressure will be ramped up on them a little bit more for this game, with the West Indian sitting out the next two matches.
While the Wankhede pitch has not been a batting paradise, runs are still the norm, and the onus will be on Kohli, De Villiers and Shane Watson, expected to open the innings with his captain, to score the majority of the runs in this match against MI.
Where to Watch Live
Match 14 of IPL 2016 is scheduled for an 8 p.m. IST (3.30 p.m. BST, 10.30 a.m. ET) start. Live coverage of the match on TV will be on Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Hotstar and Starsports.com will provide the online live streaming options for the match between RCB and SRH.
OSN Sports Cricket is the place to be to watch the IPL 2016 match live in the Middle East and North Africa, while the match can also be live streamed on OSN Cricket Play. Supersport and Supersport Live Video will give the TV and online live streaming options for audience in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa.
Viewers from across the world can also watch MI vs RCB by live streaming online on Cricketgateway.