IPL 7, preview: Upbeat Royal Challengers Bangalore face shaky Mumbai Indians

Virat Kohli & Co. will hope to earn two wins in as many games when they take on Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians on Saturday.

updated: April 18, 2014 16:44 IST
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Dubai: A confident Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to carry on their winning momentum when they take on title holders Mumbai Indians, who will be low on belief after losing their opener to Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League in Dubai on Friday.

Star-studded RCB opened their IPL 7 campaign on a resounding note as they crushed a new-look Delhi Daredevils by eight wickets in Sharjah last night. Yuvraj Singh, who faced immense criticism after his disappointing knock in ICC World Twenty20 final, silenced his detractors with a brilliant unbeaten 52 and shared 84 runs in just 7.9 overs with captain Virat Kohli (49 not out) for the unconquered third wicket stand to help RCB chase down Daredevils' 145-run target with 20 balls to spare.

Down with a back injury, RCB did not have the services of the explosive Chris Gayle last night but it hardly made any impact on RCB's chase. The decision of RCB, who had retained big boys Kohli, Gayle and AB de Villiers for the seventh edition, to shell out a whopping Rs 14 crore for Yuvraj bore fruit as the left-hander justified his price tag with the brilliant half-century knock.

RCB's best finish was the runners-up trophy in 2009 and 2011 but this time around the team would be hoping to ride on the performances of the big boys to clinch their maiden IPL title. RCB's bowling was considered their weak link but against the Daredevils on Thursday, their bowlers did just enough to restrict the opponents to a modest 145 for four.

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