It looked as though they would be set for more disappointment as they made a desperate start, losing wickets to the first two balls of the game, but Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis countered brilliantly and propelled the hosts to a massive 213-6. So technically, whichever team's bowling shows up tonight at Wankhede are favourites to win the match. All eyes will be on Kohli, who is 32-runs short of Suresh Raina, for becoming the highest run-getter in the IPL history.
Kohli, who opened the Bangalore innings, slammed 4 sixes and 7 fours in his unbeaten knock but none of his batting colleagues gave him support.
Mitchell McClenaghan cleaned up Quinton de Kock for 19, here RCB 40/1 in 4.1 overs, in chase of 214. Virat and ABD have stacked unbelievable numbers at the Wankhede Stadium and if they produce something of a similar scale, Mumbai 's wait for their maiden win in the ongoing season will have to extend. It's a tough situation we're in (winless in opening three games) but we've done it before (come back) and I don't see why we can not do it again.
Umesh, out of the Indian team since a while now, showed just how unsafe he can be when he rattled the stumps off the first two balls of the match.
# Overs 0.2: Again a WICKET! By the end of the 15th over, the asking rate had shot up to more than 21 an over and that was a huge task even for a batsman of Kohli's calibre.
This was followed by a 33-run stand between Kohli and Mandeep Singh, after which the latter was stumped by wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan. The Challengers do not have too many quality replacements, with Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, and Corey Anderson on the bench. He smashed 5 sixes and 10 fours. New ball bowler Umesh Yadav was on fire as he castled in-form batsmen Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan off successive deliveries. It was Dwayne Bravo's brilliance in the first match, a last ball boundary from Billy Stanlake in the second and a Jason Roy special in the third match that has made the Mumbai Indians wait for their first win in the tournament.
Both the teams go into this match with a decent batting line up which could steal the game away from their opponents anytime. The left-arm spinner got rid of Corey Anderson in the very next ball. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar have also done well so far, giving the team the much needed support.