Strengths: Mumbai's strength is their all-round depth, which when allied to the genius of Sachin Tendulkar has produced winning results more often than not. They bat deep, and have a varied and potent bowling attack.
Bangalore's strength is their batting line-up, with every batsman till Number 7, capable of playing a game-changing role. Bangalore also have a couple of top-notch bowlers in Anil Kumble and Dale Steyn.
Weaknesses: Although Mumbai have worked hard to overcome it, there is still a palpable fragility to the side when Sachin Tendulkar fails. There have been matches where Mumbai have won in spite of his failures, but in each of the matches they have lost, Tendulkar was either absent/hurt, or did not get a big score.
Bangalore's opening problems are their main weakness. In the past few matches, Kallis and Pandey have been too slow to get off the blocks, which has put unnecessary pressure on the rest of the batting order, which has also consequently not performed to potential.Image:Sachin Tendulkar is the key for Mumbai.