Royal Challengers Bangalore are at the top spot in IPL 2013 points table © (File Photo)
Mumbai: Apr 27, 2013
Mumbai Indians will be wary of the firepower which the Royal Challengers Bangalore have in their ranks as they clash in the 37th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 tournament on Saturday evening.
Placed sixth in the points table, it will be imperative for Mumbai to get Gayle early if they are to continue their winning momentum, after the positive result against Kolkata Knight Riders.
For the record, Gayle had smashed his way to the fastest century in the history of T20 cricket in his team’s massive win over Pune Warriors. And the strapping Jamaican has it in him to do an encore once more.
With Gayle in such roaring form, no total can be called safe, and that is why Mumbai would look to score as many as possible.
Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma engineered Mumbai to a morale-boosting win over Kolkata in their last away match. But Sachin Tendulkar failed to rise to the occasion on his 40th birthday, and the veteran batsman will look to make up for that in front of a packed Wankhede Stadium.
Tendulkar has managed just 125 runs so far and the veteran will look to score runs at his home ground. Ponting dropped himself from the team in the previous match and it will be interesting to see if the Australian gives this important clash a miss.
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, Arun Karthik (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Vinay Kumar, Syed Mohammed, RP Singh, Jaydev Unadkat.
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