Preview: Mumbai Indians v/s Royal Challengers Bangalore

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

With Chris Gayle back in the groove, and Mumbai Indians doing their usual comeback-from-behind-after-losing-5-games-to-make-the-knockouts-against-logic jaunt, this promises to be a mouth-watering T20 game that could spell doom for one of these teams if they slip up. Almost every game is now a knockout for these teams scrapping for 3rd or 4th in the standings, with CSK and KKR destined to take the top two spots.

14: T20 centuries scored by Chris Gayle so far
515: Sixes hit by Chris Gayle in T20 cricket so far
175: Highest score by Chris Gayle in T20 cricket so far
10: Number of sixes he is required to hit per match before RCB decide that he is not a disposable player that can be replaced by the flaky likes of Rossouw or Maddinson at the top

7: difference in runs between tallies of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli this year
5: Number of wins, out of 10 games, for both teams this year
6: Table position reserved for RCB, despite the presence of Kohli, Gayle, AB and Starc in the same team. Seriously, how do they still lose games?

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20: Number of scientists that realize that all stages of human evolution exist in the same game in the form (and order) of Sarfaraz, Parthiv, Malinga, Gayle.
20: Number of Parthivs required to swing on the shoulders of Sarfaraz to reach the height occupied by Gayle/Morkel/adults.
25: Bookmarkers odds (:1) against Harbhajan bravely exposing all his 9 stumps to the pace of Starc.

57: AB de Villiers’ highest score this season.
117: Gayle’s highest score this season.
10: Number of batsmen with a highest score between 60-65 this season—Kohli, D. Smith, Raina, Bravo (62), Gambhir (60), Russell, Bailey (65), Morgan (63), Karun Nair (61), Harbhajan Singh (63)
2: Number of centuries scored this season—by highest T20 scorers of all time Gayle and McCullum.