MI vs RR IPL: IPL’s Match no 24 between Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals will be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi.
As far as Head to Head is concerned both teams have played 25 games each other, and both teams have won 12 matches each with one match ends up without a result. Below is the analysis of both the teams including their key players.
Mumbai Indians started their campaign in this IPL with a loss against RCB. But they improved their performance later and registered two wins against KKR and SRH. The last two games went against them as they lost to Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings. Mumbai wants to forget their time in Chennai and would like to start fresh in Delhi.
If we deep dive into their team and its performance, MI’s biggest concern is with the form of Quinton De Kock, who has failed to provide a good start to the team. In the 4 games that he has played, he scored only 47 runs with a poor average of 11.75. Not to forget that he replaced the in form Chris Lynn from the opening slot who scored a handy 49 runs in the only game that he has played.
Rohit Sharma, the other star player for Mumbai is their only performer so far in this tournament. He has scored 201 runs with an average of 40.20. If Mumbai wants to start winning from here both the openers need to provide them a solid foundation.
In the middle order, Ishan Kishan has yet to show his heroics as he showed in last season. In 5 games he scored only 73 runs with an average of 14.60. Whereas his colleague Surya Kumar Yadav has scored 154 runs in 5 matches with an average of 30.80 which is below par according to his standards.
Below mediocre performance from Mumbai’s All-rounders is another big reason why the team is still not winning the matches. Kieron Pollard, in 5 matches scored only 65 runs and took 1 wicket whereas Hardik Pandya scored 29 runs in 5 matches and took just 3 wickets. All-rounders are the biggest assets for every team if they play well the team plays well.
In the bowling department, both Trent Boult and Bumrah have been exceptionally good especially at death overs. In spin, Rahul Chahar has performed well so far with 9 wickets in his tally.
Not 1 or 2 players but the entire Mumbai team needs to find the solution for their underperformance and start performing to win so that they can make it into the playoffs.
1.Rohit Sharma :
Rohit Sharma is in fine touch and so far he has failed to convert his starts into a big knock. If he gets sets and successful in converting big, he can win for MI alone.
2. Kieron Pollard
So far in this tournament, Pollard is silent with both bat and ball but as far as his record Vs Rajasthan is concerned, he has scored 357 runs and picked up 15 wickets. It will be exciting to see how he performs against them.
3. Rahul Chahar :
Rahul Chahar is in prime form with the ball so far in the tournament. He has taken 9 wickets with an outstanding average of 15.22. If his googly spots at the right place, he can be dangerous for royals.
Rajasthan Royals main issue lies with their inconsistency in performance from their main players. The big reason to worry for them is the non-availability of foreign players. Jofra Archer, Stokes, Livingstone, and Andrew Tye opted out from this season.
Since the 2020 IPL, the team is yet to find a solid opening combination. They’ve tried Manan Vohra who scored only 42 runs and failed to perform completely. Then, Yashasvi Jaiswal got an opportunity in the last match but he failed too by scoring only 22 runs.
Jos Buttler so far in this season scored only 89 runs with an average of 17.80. Royals need a match-winner like him to give a solid start and also to give his guidance to his young and less experienced opening partners.
Sanju Samson is the highest run-scorer for RR in this tournament so far. He has scored 187 runs in 5 matches with a good average of 46.75 but the issue lies with his consistency. Royals want their captain to score consistently as they don’t have many solid middle-order batsmen apart from David Miller.
David Miller got the opportunity to play after Ben Stokes got out of the tournament due to injury. Miller scored 88 runs in 4 matches with an average of 29.33. He is RR’s only strong brick in the middle order. He has to start scoring a good amount of runs.
Just like Mumbai, Rajasthan is also worried about their openers, Shivam Dubey and Rahul Tewatia haven’t performed well so far. Rahul Tewatia had a great last season but in this season he has only scored 86 runs in 5 matches and took 1 wicket. Shivam Dubey, in 5 matches scored only 110 runs, he also gets the opportunity to bat up the order but hasn’t delivered according to the responsibility Royals has given him.
Rajasthan’s bowling department is quite impressive this season. Leading their chart is young Chetan Sakariya who has picked up 7 wickets in 5 matches. Chris Morris, one of the most expensive buys this season, didn’t disappoint Royals, as he took 9 wickets so far and played one match-winning knock.
The players have to play according to their responsibilities so that they can win matches for the team. There is no shortage of match-winners in this team. But lack of consistency and failure from big names is the reason why they’re struggling in this season.
1. Sanju Samson
He is the highest run-scorer for Rajasthan against Mumbai. He has scored 485 runs so far against them. With his current form, the only thing he needs to do is not throwing his wicket away and he can be the match-winner for RR.
2. Chetan Sakariya
Sakariya’s bowling is outstanding so far. RR relies on his bowling to give them breakthroughs and stop the flow of runs. If he will be able to take 2 or 3 early wickets, he can be the game-changer for royals.
3. David Miller
So far we have seen some signs of responsible knocks from Miller. His role would be to provide robust middle order and build up partnerships with other batsmen. If he will be able to do this then he can win it for the Royals single-handedly.
As per the analysis, both teams are struggling at this phase of the league and both the teams want to win this match to step up in the points table. The winning of both teams depends on how their middle order will perform.