Mumbai Indians continue to dominate as they registered a clinical win and at the same time left their fierce rivals, CSK for embarrassment. There is no doubt that Chennai have been completely off this season but it was the courtesy of Sam Curran as he saved one of the most successful franchises from a complete disruption.
Thanks to their performance and their spectacular net run-rate that helped them reach the summit of the points table. Up next, Mumbai Indians will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals, who are very desperate for a win too. Rajasthan’s future in the tournament is dependent on how they do in their next one as Mumbai Indians hold the opportunity to put an end to two IPL journeys over the weekend.
The last time the sides played each other, the Mumbai bowling attack was on fire. Mumbai Indians had put up a massive total on the board, all with the help of Suryakumar Yadav, who scored an unbeaten 79 with Hardik Pandya’s 19 balls 30 cameo towards the end. A decent opening partnership between Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma set the tone perfectly and Mumbai Indians had a par score set on the board.
For Rajasthan, Jos Buttler was the lone warrior as the Boult-Bumrah duo took a total of 6 wickets, with Bumrah picking four of them. The interesting fact is, the sides will face each other after yet another fabulous bowling display by Mumbai Indians in their last game and Rajasthan will have to be aware of what’s coming.
Will Mumbai march with yet another triumph or will Steve Smith’s men save their survival chances in the tournament?
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The atmosphere will be pleasant for a game of cricket while the temperature is expected to be on the lower side, around the 30-degree mark. Humidity around 57% is anticipated.
The Abu Dhabi pitch has been producing some exciting games lately, and the same would be expected on a Sunday evening. The sky is expected to be clear and there seem no chances of rain being there too.
Rajasthan Royals will be not making changes to their playing XI but what they need to do instead is make an effective plan. Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa have not been doing much as both are completely unaware of their positions. Stokes is not at his best too but he has shown signs of settling. Some composure and good decision-making would help him lift his batting performances.
Mumbai Indians too, will not make many changes. The ‘hitman’ may make a return while Kieron Pollard may make way for Sherfane Rutherford. Mumbai have proved their balance throughout the tournament and they will continue to keep it that way. The batting has struggled at times but the flexibility in their batting orders allows late changes that eventually go their way.
Probable Playing XI
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (WK), Steve Smith (C), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi.
Mumbai Indians (MI): Rohit Sharma (C)/Saurabh Tiwary, Quinton de Kock (WK), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard/ Sherfane Rutherford, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson/Nathan Coulter-Nile.
RR VS MI Fantasy Team
Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Steve Smith, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Ben Stokes, Rahul Chahar, Jaspirt Bumrah, Trent Boult, Jofra Archer.
Captain Picks: Quinton de Kock (MI), Jos Buttler (RR)
Vice-captain picks: Jasprit Bumrah (MI), Rahul Chahar (MI)
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