Mumbai Indians win toss, Kohli returns for RCB


Chris Gayle, unfortunately, is not one of those batsmen.

He will now be available for RCB's next match against Mumbai Indians on April 14 in Bengaluru.

Kieron Pollard scripted Mumbai Indian's sensational four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore with a blistering 70-run knock which overshadowed Samuel Badree's hat-trick in an IPL game here today.

Gayle fell in the 10th over for 22 off 27 balls. He can probably draw confidence from the fact that he made 74 off 48 balls the last time he came to Bengaluru with RPS.

"That third one is just a good piece of bowling". All he needs to do is make contact with the ball.

Gayle commands a strike rate of more than 150 in his IPL career (it's 107 in his three matches this season), but it's a deceptive statistic.

Hardik Pandya scored swift nine runs that include a winning six as well. He also started well against Sunrisers in Hyderabad.

That's largely due to his running - or the lack of it - between the wickets. And RCB will be hoping that the sooner the better for them. Dhoni's stock, however, is in free fall.

Gautam Gambhir's surname can mean "intense", and the Kolkata Knight Riders captain is nothing if not that, on and off the field.

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RCB has not had the greatest of starts to this season which is not surprising indeed. His last century (117 off 57) came in the 2015 IPL season against bottom-of-the-table Kings XI Punjab. One 6, two fours and the crowds were on their feet at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

But the RCB team management could also be tempted to drop Gayle and consider fielding Shane Watson, who can bowl and bat.

RCB have defended the move saying there are not anxious about Gayle's form and that he's only a knock away from a big one.

Despite the loss, RCB are confident to face the Rising Pune Supergiant at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on April 16.

Virat Kohli: There is nothing the RCB skipper hates more than losing.

In his absence, Shane Watson led the side but the captain refused to comment on his captaincy style but said he learnt a few things and that the Australian did a good job. The ball was stopping on the batsmen, so hitting through the line wasn't a prudent option. RCB's was 20-30 runs short of an ideal score. A recall for Travis Head, who also provides an additional bowling option, can not be far away.

When asked why De Villiers' had missed training on Thursday, Kohli told Zee News that the South African had been given time off after batting so well.

RPS SQUAD: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal, Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Dan Christian, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir. He and Travis Head were kept on the sidelines for the hosts, while Mumbai are yet to unveil off-season signing Mitchell Johnson.