MI vs RCB Preview: Edgy Mumbai keen to end winless run | Cricket News


Mumbai: It’s familiar territory for the Mumbai Indians. The perennial slow starters of IPL are at it again. They’ve lost their first three games, and are desperate to log their first points and move off the last position in the points table. With time to bounce back slowly running out, the defending champions take on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore, who too will look to shrug off their struggles, at the Wankhede Stadium in a marquee clash on Tuesday night.

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Though MI have done plenty to increase the thrill quotient of the league this season-all their games have ended in nerve-wracking last over finishes they’ve left their supporters disappointed by coming up slightly short every time. They looked like starting off on the perfect note in the lung-opener at home when they reduced the Chennai Super Kings to 117 for eight while defending 165, before a Dwayne Bravo blitzkrieg left them stunned. In the next game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, they fought tooth and nail despite putting on merely 147, before a Deepak Hooda cameo saw them lose by a wicket in a humdinger.

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Perhaps they would be most disappointed with their defeat in the last game at the Wankhede against the Delhi Daredevils. Powered by a relentless onslaught by Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav, they raced away to 84 for no loss after six overs-their highest-ever score in the power play. It was the kind of start which should’ve seen them make around 220, but towards the end, they collapsed in a heap, losing five wickets for 21 runs to finish at 194.

Their biggest worry is the poor form of their Captain Rohit Sharma. Scores of 15, 11 and 18 just don’t do justice to Rohit’s reputation as the most dangerous limited-overs batsman in the world. One of the best timers of the cricket ball on the planet, he seems to have forgotten the art of timing the ball.

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