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IPL 10, Match 38: Mumbai vs Bangalore

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Given Royal Challengers Bangalore’s run of form, Mumbai Indians should have it easy when they take on Virat Kohli’s men in the 38th match of the Indian Premier League 2017 at the Wankhede stadium on Monday (May 1).

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Bangalore are seventh on the table, ahead of bottom-dwellers Delhi Daredevils, and that too only because they have played three games more than Delhi’s seven. At this stage, Delhi have four points and Bangalore five.

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The concern for Bangalore isn’t as much their position on the table – they’re almost out of the running for a spot in the final four – as it is the morale-sapping journey.

In the initial six games, they won two, but put on a decent fight in the others. The alarming slump began with the 82-run loss to Kolkata Knight Riders. Since then, they have been thrashed in two matches, while rain forced the abandonment of the third, against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Candid moments around the cricket field

India's Yuvraj Singh celebrates with Virat Kohli after winning the  Cricket World Cup match against Ireland in Bangalore, India, Sunday, March. 6, 2011. Candid moments around the cricket field

The latest of those two losses came against Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune, and the 61-run loss to Steven Smith’s side will rankle.

Nobody expected last season’s finalists to have a problem in their batting. In fact, the team management was so confident that they strengthened the bowling department at the auctions.

Now, however, batting is their biggest weakness. They still have all the big names, but have been reminded of the importance of a sturdy middle order.

Mumbai, meanwhile, have won seven out of nine games and are second behind Kolkata, only on net run-rate. They won six games on the trot before losing to Pune by three runs earlier in the week. They were back to winning ways after a six-day break to post a win over Gujarat Lions in the one-over eliminator on Saturday, riding on an all-round effort.

Brilliant Bumrah does the trick for MI

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That season highlight came only a few hours after Bangalore’s second-worst show with the bat.

As it stands, Mumbai should have it easy. If Bangalore decide to finally show up to the competition, it could be a good game.

Head-to-head record

Played: 20. Mumbai: 12. Bangalore: 8.

Head-to-head record at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Played: 8. Mumbai: 4. Bangalore: 4.

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