New Delhi: In the 41st match of the Indian Premier League's ninth edition, Royal Challengers Bangalore host Mumbai Indians at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore today.
Both the teams have performed in patches thus far and are struggling to push themselves for playoffs qualification.
If Mumbai are at the fifth spot with five wins in ten matches, then, the Kohli-led Bangalore have won just four times on nine occasions.
For that simple fact, today's match is crucial for both the teams.
Ahead of the match, here are few players who could leave an impact in the match.
Virat Kohli: Skipper Kohli, who is in supreme form, will once again try to give his side a solid start up front. With two unbeaten tons and four half centuries, Kohli has amassed 561 runs in nine games. His will certainly be the priced wicket for Mumbai bowlers tonight.
Rohit Sharma: Like Virat, Rohit too has been going through a purple patch with the willow. He has already scored five fifties in the ongoing season. But the grave issue with him is that either he is scoring big or getting out in a single digit. In the crucial game, Mumbai need their skipper to fire at the top to lead the side from the front.
Mitchell McClenaghan: In the absence of premier bowler Lasith Malinga, the Kiwi has become the spearhead of Mumbai attack. With 14 wickets in ten matches, he is among the leading wicket takers, so far, in the season. It would be an acid test for the New Zealander, as he will be up against the start-studded batting line up of Bangalore.
Shane Watson: After below par performances in the initial games of IPL 9, the Aussie all-rounder is back in his element. He is not just playing quick-fire knocks but also giving crucial contributions with the ball.