Kieron Pollard, Mumbai Indians, IPL 2017, Delhi Daredevils, RCB
Kieron Pollard will look to play another special innings against RCBIANS

The Mumbai Indians will look to make top spot in the IPL 2017 points table their own, while the Royal Challengers Bangalore will look for that pride salvage thing as the two teams meet at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

While MI are flying high in IPL 2017, with seven wins from nine matches, RCB are toast as far as this season is concerned, with nothing left to play for, for the superstar-filled team.

So, will RCB find any motivation or will MI pick up their eighth win of the season?

Here is how the IPL 2017 Match 38 could go.

If Mumbai Indians bat first:

Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel are unable to get off to a great start, with the latter falling in the second over and the former in the fifth.

Rohit Sharma and Nitish Rana, in need of a few runs, combine for a half-century partnership, before Kieron Pollard plays one of his best knocks in IPL 2017.

The West Indian, who played a match-winning innings when these two teams met earlier this season at the Chinnaswamy, comes in during a tricky time, and while he takes a while to get going, he doesn't panic. He waits to find his range, and once he does it is six-time as the Wankhede goes crazy as the balls rain into the crowd off Pollard's bat.

Thanks to the Pollard knock, the Mumbai Indians are able to make 189 in their 20 overs.

RCB begin their chase well with Chris Gayle, back in the team, looking like he could make a big one, while Virat Kohli is solid at the other end as well.

There are still signs of that lack of confidence, though, and those signs come to the fore again when Gayle falls to a yorker from Jasprit Bumrah.

Virat Kohli, RCB, MS Dhoni, RPS, IPL 2017
Virat Kohli needs to find inspiration for himself and his teammatesIANS

However, AB De Villiers comes in and looks in tremendous touch from the off and that seems to settle the nerves. Kohli starts hitting the boundaries as well, and these two combine together to set the game up for RCB, with Kedar Jadhav coming in and finishing the job.

If RCB bat first:

Kohli is unable to put up a big partnership with his opening partner, but he is able to do so with De Villiers. Kohli and ABD add 101 runs together, which gives RCB the chance to go for a big score.

However, both these batsmen fall in the space of three overs, and from there the kinda crumble begins, with the Royal Challengers Bangalore managing just 156.

The Mumbai Indians know this is a score that they should be able to chase down, and considering the depth in their batting, Buttler and Parthiv go hard in the first six overs.

That works once more for MI, as the two openers take the score to 62 in the Powerplay overs.

While RCB are able to pull things back a little courtesy Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi, the target is too small, and MI are able to get to it easily.