MI vs RR Playing 11: Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will be up against each other at Delhi on Thursday’s first IPL match. This has been a roller coaster for both the sides with neither of them having a settled combination yet. Mumbai have the worst scoring rate in the death overs while Rajasthan have the worst economy rate at the death this season. Rajasthan is one those few teams which has a decent overall record against Mumbai. In 23 matches played so far, both the teams have won 11 games each. Last season too, the overall result was equal as both teams won a game against each other.
MI Team News
For Mumbai, all players are available for selection. With Krunal Pandya out of form, Neesham may slot into the eleven to strengthen the batting lineup.
R Sharma (C)
Q de Kock (wk)
Apart from Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav, no batsman has played a significant innings for Mumbai. They will need some intent from the middle order as the usual finishing touch of Pollard and Hardik Pandya is lacking. Bowling has been impressive though and Bumrah, Boult and Chahar have played crucial roles in both the Mumbai’s victories so far.
MI Squad for IPL 2021
Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Singh, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
RR Team News
With Andrew Tye the latest RR player to leave the tournament, they are left with just 4 foreign players now. With limited options available, they are likely to retain the same combination that defeated KKR.
S Samson (C) (wk)
Buttler’s lack of runs will be a concern but short boundaries in Delhi may bring the best out of him. Samson and Miller are two quality batsmen in the middle order but young Indian batsmen like Dube and Parag need to take more responsibilities. Morris is bowling well after a slow start while Chetan Sakariya is becoming a dependable bowler by bowling in tough situations.
RR Squad for IPL 2021
Sanju Samson (C), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
You can watch the ball by ball and the Live score coverage of the Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals match on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar. The match will be played on 29 April and will start at 3:30 pm (IST).