RR vs MI Prediction: Delhi Capital and Chennai Super Kings were involved yesterday in a battle of the top 2. CSK’s openers failed for the first time as they huffed and puffed to 139/7. Ambati Rayudu top scored with 55*. Delhi Capitals made tall work of the chase despite getting a good start, winning in the final over. Axar Patel was adjudged Man of the Match for his two wickets.
Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians now go head to head in a knockout game. Both teams are in the bottom half of the table. The loser will have little chance of making it to the playoffs. MI won the reverse fixture by 7 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
Match 51, Indian Premier League
5 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
RR vs MI Head to Head: It is pretty even between the two teams; Mumbai Indians have won 12 games while Rajasthan Royals have won 11 times.
MI – 60%
RR – 40%
Although Evil Lewis’ addition has bolstered their batting lineup, RR still have some weaknesses. If MI can make early inroads they should win comfortably. The fate of both teams is out of their hands and they will depend on other results. The betting sites seem to favor Mumbai who have the more balanced side.
Bet365: RR: 2.00; MI: 1.80
Kieron Pollard always steps up in the big games. The short boundaries will make it easier for him to smash those big sixes. He can do well with the ball here with his cutters and slower deliveries. Pollard has 232 runs and 5 wickets in 12 games this season.
We are tipping Tabraiz Shamsi to come good in this game. He is the No.1 T20 bowler as per ICC’s latest rankings. He has played only one game so far.
Rahul Chahar should be back in MI’s lineup after getting a rest. He can thrive on the slow-turning pitch Sharjah has on offer. He has 13 wickets in 11 games at an economy of 7.4.
RR Playing XI
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c/wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Philips, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, and Chetan Sakariya
MI Playing XI
Quinton De Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Sharjah has been the hardest to bat on. The wicket is slow and the ball stops a bit. However, it did play slightly better in the last game. The batters should make the most of the powerplay overs. 140-150 should be a fighting total on this pitch.
If MI bats first: 150-160
If RR bats first: 140-150
Morning’s little clouding is likely to dissipate and it is going to be a clear day at Sharjah. Maximum temperature will reach up to 37 degrees Celsius by midday or early afternoon. After the sunset, temperatures will range from 32 to 33 degrees Celsius. Winds will be either calm or very light, and humidity percentage in the forties. It will feel like 40 degrees Celsius. Playing conditions, therefore, will continue to be tough due to climatic factors.
WICKET-KEEPERS: S Samson, Q de Kock
BATSMEN: S Yadav, E Lewis, Y Jaiswal
ALL-ROUNDERS: K Pollard, R Tewatia, K Pandya
BOWLERS: J Bumrah, M Rahman, J Yadav
Captain choices: Q de Kock, K Pollard
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