The most successful team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is yet to find their grooves, struggling to play out to their full potential. Currently placed in 4th position, they take on 7th placed Rajasthan Royals in the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi in the first game of the doubleheader tomorrow.
Last year when these two teams met, both teams won a game each sharing the spoils. The Mumbai franchise took home the first game, inflicting a heavy 57 run defeat on the Rajasthan Royals. While the Rajasthan franchise returned the favor in the reverse fixture winning the game by 8 wickets.
Can Mumbai Indians shake off their rust and break free claiming a victory? Or can Sanju Samson and co continue their resurgence making a statement win?
Match Toss Time: 15:00 Local (09:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 15:30 Local (10:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Head to Head
Matches Played: 23, MI: 14, RR:11, NR: 1
Ideal conditions for cricket as partly sunny skies are expected throughout the day but no chances of a downpour. With temperatures expected to be hovering around 28 - 34 degrees celsius, the 16km/h winds could come as some relief from the hot weather. Humidity at its peak is likely to touch the 11% mark.
The pitch in Delhi won't be vastly different from the one in Chennai, widely regarded as a bowler-friendly one and the spinners are likely to find much success with the ball. The team winning the toss should be looking to bowl first as the team’s chasing has enjoyed greater success at this venue. The dew factor would not be a factor as the game is played during the daytime.
The Mumbai franchise tends to not make any changes and tinker with their combinations, but constant failures of their middle-order would be something to think about. Especially the failings of their opening batsmen Quinton de Kock could pave way for Chris Lynn who had started this year's tournament spectacularly.
Breaking their losing streak and claiming a victory in the last game, the Rajasthan management also will not be too keen on making too many changes. And this will represent one more opportunity for the players struggling for form, to try and find their rhythm.
Probable Playing XI
Mumbai Indians (MI): Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (Wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jaspirt Bumrah, Trent Boult
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C & Wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Rohit Sharma has continuously been among the runs and once again will be depended on heavily for the big numbers. Sanju Samson is the highest run-scorer for the Rajasthan Royals, Rahul Chahar and Chetan Sakariya are our other must-picks.
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