While it was Bravo in the first, Billings in the second, Watson in the third and Rayudu in the fourth, Dhoni also got his best form in the only match they lost.
They have been convincingly in-form throughout the season. They haven't gotten below the run mark in all the matches they've played, batting first or second. But again, RCB has seen a couple of their bowlers bounce back to form. They have two names from the team competing for the purple cap as well. Umesh Yadav has been well for the team, not leaking many runs and picking crucial wickets. Chris Woakes has also been adding value with the ball in hand and had also got his hands on the purple cap.
In the recent match, the team discovered a gem in Mohammed Siraj who was not only good with ball but also in saving runs on the field.
Virat's expression clearly suggested contention with the youngster and the pace attack have never looked so satisfying.
On the other hand, the spin-bowling has been troubling the Bangalore team surprisingly. Chahal, the go-to man for the skipper, hasn't been getting wickets while the youngster, Washington Sundar is struggling as well.
The ball comes nicely onto the bat and absolutely rockets through the outfield. Also with square and straight boundaries both extremely short, it rains sixes here in most of the games. Mumbai probably should have dropped Duminy in the last game itself, but they kept him in as an extra batsman and took the risk of relying on their part-timers to deliver 8 overs which cost them dearly as Hardik Pandya went for more than 50 in his 4 overs against Rajasthan.
Duminy has almost zero usage in the Mumbai line-up as he is not batting up the order. He is a quality player, but he has to bat at the top to make a difference which does not seem to be possible as Mumbai already have their top order settled.
There is no point playing the South African veteran at no. He should make way for Adam Milne. Marcus Stoinis has built a good reputation for himself in the T20 circuit in the recent times, but he has not been at his fluent best this IPL. While he has played a couple of cameos, he has looked uncomfortable whenever facing quality spin on a slightly responsive surface. Playing Stoinis for Mujeeb was a forced change for Punjab last game as the latter was unfit.
If the Afghan teenager is fit for this one, he walks straight into the XI replacing Stoinis.