Skipper Rohit, who has managed to score 196 runs in seven games, including two half centuries in the only two games MI have won, will try to play yet another impactful innings on Tuesday.
"The way we bowled was just not acceptable, giving that many runs in the end was criminal", said Kohli.
Chasing 176, the visitors got off to a flawless start as Lynn and Sunil Narine (27) forged 59-run partnership in 7.1 overs before the West Indian departed by M. Ashwin.
In the last three seasons, teams have needed a minimum of 16 points to advance; with two wins to its name, RCB is some distance away from that figure. This makes the match at Bengaluru all the more important.
RCB's stores of positive energy will be greatly enhanced if AB de Villiers, who missed their game on Sunday night with viral fever, has recovered enough to slot back into their line-up.
But the wickets of Brendon McCullum, Manan Vohra and Mandeep Singh are not what most cricket fans would remember Russell's spell by.
While RCB have performed exceedingly well with the bat, it is their bowling department which has been a major concern. The visitors go into this game with a very good record against the home side.
With the pitch offering ample help to spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine were proving a tough proposition, but Kohli made the pacers pay. Despite her hectic schedule she took out some time and left for Bangalore to support Virat kohli and his RCB team. "We won the last game against CSK and gained momentum, and we would like to continue with it going forward", he said. Due to a better run rate, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai are at sixth, one place ahead of RCB.
McClenaghan, though, kept troubling Quinton de Kock (7), who struggled badly to connect the bat with the ball and was eventually caught brilliantly by Rohit Sharma at short mid-wicket off the Kiwi paceman.
Placed sixth and seventh respectively, Mumbai and Bangalore will take Tuesday's game as a must-win encounter as the losing side might find it hard to get a shot at a play-offs berth. A win for either team will take them up to fifth position on the table.