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  • 11:38 PM IST

    It is almost over for Mumbai in IPL 2018. RCB on the other hand have kept things alive. They have showed a great skill of death bowling, especially Tim Southee. The last over mattered for MI while bowling.

  • 11:25 PM IST

    30 off 12 needed. What an excellent over Southee has bowled giving only 5 runs. Can the Pandya brothers win it for the team? A lot depends on this over.

  • 11:06 PM IST

    The Pandya brothers are the last hope for MI here. They do have Ben Cuttings down under but he hasn’t seen a much of IPL and the RCB bowlers are doing a good job today. The match is not completely out of reach for MI.

  • 10:50 PM IST

    Hardik Pandya has a lot to prove of his value with the bat. He has showed today what he can do with the ball now it’s time to do it the bat. JP Duminy on the other end is not going for big shots. What is more important here is building a partnership and he is doing it well.

  • 10:31 PM IST

    RCB may have been criticised for their bowling but you have to appreciate their performance today. They have not only picked 3 wickets early on but also kept things tight for MI. Pollard being in the middle is unable to deliver the big hits for now.

  • 10:11 PM IST

    OUT! Rohit Sharma goes for a golden duck. Big trouble for MI here. JP Duminy is seen in good touch for now. Can he take MI all the way and secure his place in the playing XI.

  • 9:54 PM IST

    Rohit still doesn’t want to open. Ishan Kishan has opened with Suryakumar Yadav. Maybe it is the left hand – right hand combination he wants to maintain. We might see Rohit coming one down though.

  • 9:38 PM IST

    Mitchell McClenaghan had conceded only 11 runs off his first over and he has gone for 24 runs off the last over which included one six off the no ball. This does not seem like a competitive score especially with the bowling RCB have.

  • 9:26 PM IST

    Make that 3 in the over. Washington Sundar looking for a big shot finds a fielder in the deep.

  • 9:22 PM IST

    OUT! 2 in 2 for Hardik. Can he register first hat-trick of IPL 2018? He went for 20 runs off thee first over 6 off the next and is on a hat-trick now. How’s that for a comeback?

RCB take on MI in their home ground © AFP
RCB take on MI in their home ground © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of VIVO IPL 2018, Match 31. The match will see Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) at M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Bengaluru. We will be bringing you the live updates, interesting tweets and stat facts from the cyberspace. In this season, RCB have lost 3 and won 2 at home. In addition, with MI’s return to form — following a comfortable 8-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) — it won’t be easy for hosts. To add to their woes, MI prevails in overall head-to-head record. The visitors have won 13 out of 21 encounters till date. RCB had lost to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the fourth time in a row in their last tie. Defending 176, their bowlers did fairly well but weren’t complimented by the fielders. Apart from their batting, RCB do not look like a force to reckon with. In addition, they would be hoping for AB de Villiers’ comeback post illness. MI, on the other hand, finally got over the line in Match 27 versus arch-rivals CSK. Chasing 170, Suryakumar Yadav had set the tone, while Rohit Sharma’s coming-back-to-form led to MI’s second win from 7 encounters. It was a much-improved bowling effort, especially in the death overs, to restrict CSK to 169 for 5. With a good record against RCB and a small ground to back their big hitters, MI start as favourites.