RCB vs MI: Preview
Three aspects to look at for today's game. Your thoughts?
Flanked by Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, Sachin Tendulkar walked out of the elevator looking every bit the master in control and proceeded to the team bus to loud cheers from the gathered crowd.
A minute later, out came Anil and Rahul from the RCB team meeting and the noise just got louder. It's a battle of the giants today.
Here's what I reckon will play a crucial role in the outcome.
Dale vs Sachin
The best fast bowler in the tournament against the most prolific opener. It's thirty seven degrees celsius in Bangalore today, and if Mumbai bat first, the temperature on the ground will shoot up with this contest on view. The last time they met, Sachin scored his ODI double hundred. This should be an abridged classic.
It'll also be interesting to see how the Indian youngsters in Mumbai handle the short ball on this wicket. Clues for a possible high-stakes battle later on in the tournament? Maybe.
The battle of the dollars
In the last match for both RCB and MI, the team's most expensive player showed what he'd had been bought for, and if there's'a sequel today, make sure you're watching the balls closely in the stands.
The classy flick (KP) vs clouted six (Pollard). I hear there's one lakh rupees on offer for folks who take a catch off a six. If they get going, there should be double-digit opportunities. Good odds that.
Also, it'll be KP's first game for RCB in Bangalore this year. He's been talking about how it's going to be one of the highlights of his career, and it's apt that it comes against the table leaders.
At the beginning of the tour, Uthappa had mentioned how eager he was to play against his old club in Bangalore, looking forward to Zaheer Khan in particular.
He made the "into orbit" flash on the big screen his own this IPL beginning with that six outside the Brabourne in the last meeting, but fell to Zaheer neverthless.
He'll be looking to rectify that, but also bat around his colleagues in the middle order who haven't found form yet.