There will be a spring in the Mumbai Indians' step when they turn up at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to take on Kings XI Punjab on Monday (April 29) in the Indian Premier League 2013. There is little doubt that Mumbai's 58-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday will have lifted spirits in the Mumbai camp, given their allround dominance against a strong team.
Mumbai will draw positives from both batting and bowling. The batsmen came out aggressively and didn't stop taking the attack to the Bangalore bowlers. The bowlers were uniformly high class. Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga did the Twenty20 equivalent of climbing Mount Everest when they found the perfect pace, length and bounce to keep Chris Gayle quiet. Gayle has taken his time to get his eye in many times in the past, but Johnson and Malinga did what no other bowler has managed - making Gayle look flustered.
Dhawal Kulkarni's superb outing with the ball has given the attack a settled look, after Mumbai experimented with the fourth and fifth bowler options in the first half of the tournament. So well did Mumbai bowl and so many options did Rohit Sharma, the captain, have that he didn't even throw the ball to Pragyan Ojha during the demolition job carried out against Bangalore.