Indian Premier League, 2018
Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
The Big Picture
After registering a crushing loss at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings, the Rajasthan Royals are back to their fortress where they’ll host a buoyed Mumbai Indians unit who are coming off their first win of the tournament against the Royal Challengers from Bangalore.
Where: Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur
When: 22 April 2018
The Rajasthan Royals return to a venue, that they have proceeded to make their fortress (72% win percentage) years– The Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The venue that hosted a solitary Test match as an initiative for “Cricket for peace” between India and Pakistan, the ground has seen a plethora of record-breaking feat, the most recent being Virat Kohli’s fastest hundred for an Indian against Australia in 2013. The ground is owned by Rajasthan State Sports Council and can bear witness to 23,185 spectators.
Statistics over the years: While over the past decade, the average first innings score has hovered from 158 to 153, 34.1 % of the matches have been won by the team batting first (14) while team’s batting second have won 63.4% of three matches (26) and one match has ended in a tie.
In the Spotlight
While their spinners were the lone shining light in their dismal performance against the Super Kings, nothing went right for RR. While their seamers leaked runs, their batsmen in Klaasen, Samson, and Rahane could not give their run-chase the desired momentum.
Ben Laughlin was lackluster in the previous game (0-37), and RR might rope in a fit-again Jofra Archer against CSK, and Henrich Klaasen who failed in his debut game is expected to retain his place.
Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), D’Archy Short/Henrich Klaasen, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, S.Gopal, K Gowtham, Ben Laughlin/Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
The defending champions Mumbai Indians were 0-2 against RCB in their previous encounter when Lewis (65) and Rohit Sharma (92), led their revival to 6-213 in 20 overs. ‘
On the bowling front, Krunal Pandya was the standout as he with a spell of 3-28 broke the back of the RCB line-up to set up a memorable win for the defending champions. Mumbai would be looking to ride the momentum and get on a winning streak in the tournament.
- After securing their first win of the IPL 2018, MI might go in with the same XI
- Ishan Kishan, who was hit on the eye, took part in the net session and can play. If he is to be replaced, Aditya Tare will keep the wickets.
Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan/Aditya Tare(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya/Pradeep Sangwan, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah.
Where to watch Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com