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Published on 28 Oct 2020 / In Sports

MUMBAI V BENGALURU - Match Preview by our experts Mithun Manhas, V Arvind and Kirti Patil

With Delhi's heavy loss to Hyderabad today, both Mumbai and Bengaluru are No.1 and No.2 on the Points Table. So this will invariably be the 'Clash of the Titans' - of the two best teams at this point in IPL 2020.

Mumbai will be playing without Rohit Sharma but the return to form of Hardik Pandya will be relieving for them.

The Bengaluru batting against Bumrah, Boult and Cummins, not to mention Chahar and Krunal Pandya will be worth looking forward to.


Our Experts analyse the prospects of the two teams.

Mithun Manhas' is the story of the quintessential middle-class Indian boy who wants to make it big in sport. Mithun was fortunate enough to be blessed with the talent and tenacity to be able to a achieve his dreams.
For a boy who got introduced to the sport in the back-alleys of a non-descript colony in Jammu, Mithun went on to retire as the third highest EVER run getter in the prestigious Ranji Trophy.
He put to sword every Indian bowler at some stage or the other, this including some of the biggest names to have played the sport in India. Among his achievements was being appointed Captain of a strong Delhi side, at the tender age of 21 beating a three decade long record held by the late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. As a Captain, he also had the distinction of winning the Ranji Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and the Irani Trophy.
Mithun also put on display his talent in the prestigious Indian Premier League for over a decade.
In this episode of 'Rajas of Ranji', Mithun Manhas talks about his early years as a mischievous kid in Jammu, of how cricket shaped his life and how he, with the sheer weight of runs forced himself into an impregnable Delhi batting line-up. He also talks of the fun-side of touring and playing the great sport that is cricket.

V Arvind, was first thrust into the limelight when he played for Delhi against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy Finals at the Feroz Shah Kotla grounds. This was way back in 1990 and he scalped the prize wicket of Dilip Vengsarkar among others on debut. This fiery fast bowler, who was once touted as a certain India prospect by the great Kapil Dev, went on to play years of first-class for Delhi and Orissa, before taking to coaching full-time. A product of the MRF Pace Foundation, Arvind has since coached many State teams and is presently the bowling coach of the Delhi Under-23 side. He has also spent two years as the assistant-bowling coach for the Delhi Daredevils team which was part of the IPL till 2018. Arvind's (an NCA (National Cricket Academy) certified Level-2 Coach) reading of the game is mind-boggling and his understanding of fast-bowling event more so.

Kirti Patil is one of the best known and respected Sports Journalists in India. He has over two decades of experience covering not just cricket but also sports like Golf, and more importantly mega events such as the Olympics (London 2012 and Rio 2016), The Commonwealth games, the Asian Games and what have you. Kirti has the experience of working for renowned media houses such as the Press Trust of India (where he began his innings), The Hindu and finally The Sakaal Times, where he donned the mantle of Sports Editor.

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