Mumbai Indians have finally opened their account in the points table with their first massive victory against Bangalore. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have faced back-to- back defeats. Both the teams will eye on winning the match against all possible odds.
Overall: Matches – 15
Rajasthan Royals – 6
Mumbai Indians – 9
Rajasthan Royals will fight Mumbai Indians at Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Average 1st innings score: 155
Average 2nd innings score: 143
Highest Total: 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DC
Lowest Total: 92/10 (18.2 Ov) by MI vs RR
Highest Chased: 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DC
Lowest Defended: 144/6 (20 Ov) by RR vs KKR
(The above stats only include the IPL matches played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium) If the pitch is slow like the last game at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, the probable score is 150-160. If the dew sets in since it is a night game, team winning the toss will like to bowl first.
How do the teams stack up?
Ajinkya Rahanae has been fine with the bat but fails to convert good starts into big scores. Sanju Samson has been inconsistent and should get cracking against Mumbai. The selection of Heinrich Klaasen is right but opening with a mid-order batsman like him is erroneous. With Rahul Tripathi in hand, he must be promoted up the order while Klaasen should be pushed to 4. If Jofra Archer has completely recovered, he is likely to replace Ben Laughlin. Shreyas Gopal dominates RR’s bowling and Unadkat needs to do better.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat
Players to watch out for: Shreyas Gopal, Ajinkya Rahane
Slow-starters, Mumbai Indians will hope to sustain their winning momentum. Captain Rohit Sharma is back to form while Evin Lewis has been doing fairly well. MI’s bowling unit looks extremely aggressive with Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Mustafizur Rahman and Mayank Markande. Mitchell McClenaghan has justified his selection with two big wickets against RCB. Ishan Kishan who hurt his face is reported to be fit. There won’t be any changes in the playing XI.
Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
Players to watch out for: Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya