The Mumbai team will take on the Bangalore team in the 54th match of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, 9th May. Both sides are having decent campaigns this season so far. Bangalore have registered five wins and as many losses and are currently in the 5th position with 10 points after 10 matches. While Mumbai too won five games and lost as many matches, and are at the 6th spot with 10 points after 10 games in the league stage so far. Mumbai’s latest result was a 6-wicket defeat to Chennai and Bangalore was defeated by Delhi by 7 wickets in the previous match.

Mumbai and Bangalore will take on each other for the second time in the ongoing edition of the Indian Playerzpot League. In their previous encounter, Bangalore registered an 8-wicket win against Mumbai. Two sides have locked horns with each other 31 times, with Mumbai leading 17-14. In the upcoming match, Mumbai and Bangalore will look to earn 6th win of the season in order to break into the top 4 in the league stage

Players to watch out for

#1 N Wadhera (Mumbai): N Wadhera is playing his debut season of the Indian Playerzpot League and played a couple of impactful performances thus far. His best performance came against Chennai where he scored 64 off 51 balls and guided Mumbai to a decent total of 139/8. However, Wadhera’s knock went in vain as Mumbai lost to Chennai by 6 wickets. This season, N Wadhera has scored 131 runs, including a half-century, at an average of 26.20 and a strike rate of 145.56 in 8 matches so far. The 21-year-old is a talented batsman and showed his promise in his debut season. Wadhera is an attacking batsman who can pile runs in the middle overs and accelerate innings at death. N Wadhera will look to come up with goods in the upcoming match against Bangalore.

#2 V Kohli (Bangalore): V Kohli is having a good outing in the ongoing season of the Indian Playerzpot League. The 34-year-old has managed to better his performances from the previous season of the tournament. In the last game against Delhi Kohli scored 55 off 46 balls and with this he became the first Indian batsman to record 50 half-centuries in the tournament’s history. He has also completed 7000 runs, making him the first batsman to achieve this feat in the tournament. This season, V Kohli has aggregated 419 runs, including six half-centuries, at an average of 46.56 and a strike rate of 135.16 in 10 matches so far. V Kohli’s current form is a big positive for Bangalore ahead of their encounter against Mumbai. When Bangalore faced Mumbai last time, V Kohli scored an unbeaten 82 off 49 balls. Kohli will look to produce a brilliant performance in the upcoming match against Mumbai.

#3 P Chawla (Mumbai): P Chawla returned to Indian Playerzpot League after a year and has been the most impactful bower for Mumbai in the ongoing season of the tournament. In the previous match against Chennai, The 34-year-old scalped two wickets while conceding 25 runs at an economy rate of 6.3 in four overs. Chawla is among the leading wicket-takers of the season, scalping 17 wickets at an average of 16.47 and an economy rate of 7.18 in 10 matches so far. His best bowling figures of the season (3/22) came against Delhi. P Chawla’s spin bowling has been a threat to opposition batting line-up due to his ability to bowl in different variations which may leave the batsmen confused. P Chawla is currently the reliable bowler to take wickets for Mumbai and will hope to continue to lead the bowling attack in the upcoming match against Bangalore.

#4 M Lamror (Bangalore): M Lamror was at his best in the previous match against Delhi, scoring an unbeaten 54 off 29 balls, comprising of 6 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 186.21. The 23-year-old had been struggling to maintain his consistency but managed to find his form with his first fifty of the tournament. This season, Lamror has scored 132 runs, including a fifty, at an average of 26.40 and a strike rate of 148.31 in 8 matches so far. M Lamror is a talented all-rounder, but consistency has been his key issue. Bangalore team continued to back despite average outings in the previous matches as they have faith in his talent. Lamror will look to come up with goods again in the upcoming match against Mumbai.

Predicted Playing XI

Mumbai: C Green, I Kishan [WK], R Sharma [C], N Wadhera, T Verma, T David, T Stubbs, J Archer, P Chawla, J Behrendorff, A Khan

Bangalore: V Kohli, F du Plessis [C], G Maxwell, M Lamror, D Karthik [WK], K Jadhav, W Hasaranga, K Sharma, H Patel, M Siraj, J Hazlewood,

Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: I Kishan

Batsmen: F du Plessis [C], V Kohli, T Verma, N Wadhera, M Lamror

All-rounder: C Green

Bowlers: K Sharma, P Chawla, M Siraj, J Hazlewood,

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