Bangalore blazed to victory in their opening match, while Mumbai slumped to defeat in theirs. Two contrasting teams now take each other as both play their second match of the tournament.
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Date: Saturday, 19 April
Start time: 11:30 a.m. BST/2:30 p.m. local time
Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE) SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni(Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan), Starhub(Singapore).
Weather: Things are going to be very hot and sweaty in Dubai, according to Accuweather. It's an afternoon game, so the two teams will catch the worst of the heat with temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius.
With the first round of matches out of the way, the strength and weaknesses of all teams are becoming apparent. Mumbai were over-reliant on Lasith Malinga in their first outing, and their batting flopped almost entirely. Bangalore's bowling was impressive, while their batting was balanced.
Neither team has played in Dubai, so the venue shift will bring a new challenge for both teams, but arguably, it will be a bigger challenge for Mumbai. As the defending champions, Mumbai need to show that they can compete, even with a regenerated side.
Malinga's bowling can only carry them so far, and it really is up to the rest of the bowling attack to take their share of responsibility. They were woefully subpar in the opening match, with just two bowlers—Malinga and Zaheer Khan—managing an economy rate of below six.
The batting showed enough promise, with Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma both getting starts but failing to convert. Michael Hussey had a rare failure, scoring a sluggish three off 13 balls, something which cost Mumbai dearly in the end. As a unit, the batsmen will have to pull together.
Bangalore were the opposite, calm and composed in their eight-wicket win over Delhi. Mitchell Starc, Albie Morkel, Varun Aaron and Yuzvendra Chahal all had good outings with the ball. Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh excelled with the bat. Chris Gayle didn't even play, and AB de Villiers didn't get to bat, so RCB's full potential hasn't even been seen yet.
This match should be a test of Mumbai's character, while it's another chance for RCB to prove why they are one of the tournament favourites.
Sharma had a good ICC World T20 with 200 runs at an average of 40.00. He showed glimpses of that form in the first game, and it's important for Mumbai that Sharma translates some of that international form into this tournament.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Yuvraj Singh reminded everyone what he is capable of with a brisk 52 off 29, while Kohli was somewhat more subdued with 49 off 38. It will be Kohli's chance to shine against Mumbai; with him being in the form of his life and the Mumbai attack being fairly weak, Kohli's got licence to thrill.
Mike Hussey, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Apoorv Wankhade, Corey Anderson, Shreyas Gopal, Kieron Pollard, Jalaj Saxena, Ben Dunk, CM Gautam, Sushant Marathe, Aditya Tare, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Marchant de Lange, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Krishmar Santokie, Pawan Suyal
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Tanmay Mishra, Yogesh Takawale and Vijay Zol, Yuvraj Singh, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Sachin Rana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shadab Jakati, Sandeep Warrier, Harshal Patel, Nic Maddinson, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ravi Rampaul
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