Wankhede, April 12, Saturday at 04:00 PM IST
After losing the last ball thriller against Chennai Super Kings, out of sorts Rajasthan Royals head towards Wankhede Stadium in search of their second win of the season. Placed bottom-second in the table, Rajasthan Royals are going through a rough phase and have managed only 1 win in six encounters so far. The hosts on the opposite have managed a hat-trick of wins and would be eyeing for a fourth win on the trot. The clash will begin at 08:00 PM IST.
Placed third in the ladder, Mumbai Indians await the return of their regular skipper Rohit Sharma who missed the last encounter due to an injury. In his absence, Kieron Pollard guided MI to 3 wicket win over Kings XI Punjab with his match-winning 83-run knock in a humdinger on Wednesday. Alzari Joseph, who made a dream debut with his 6-12 in the previous game, scored the winning runs for the side. With Rohit Sharma returning to the side, one of Ishan Kishan or Siddesh Lad will have to sit out. Q de Kock is also one of the weak links in MI batting as the South Africa keeper hasn’t managed to convert his start. With Evin Lewis sitting out on the bench, his spot will be under scrutiny.
Languishing at the seventh spot, Rajasthan Royals faced their fifth defeat of the season in a nail-biting finish against Chennai Super Kings in the last encounter at Sawai Man Singh. Requiring 3 off the last ball, Ben Stokes was hit for a six by Mitchell Santner to seal 4 wickets win for Chennai. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler will have to take up added responsibility with the bat while pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni will have to lead the charge alongwith Shreyas Gopal and leggie Riyan Parag. This is a must-win game for Rajasthan Royals if they wish to make it to the playoffs.
Total – 21
Mumbai Indians – 11
Rajasthan Royals – 09
The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai favours both the bowlers and batsmen. Swing bowlers get considerable assistance from the wicket due to close proximity to the Arabian Sea while it favours batsmen as the game progresses.
Matches won batting first – 35
Matches won bowling first – 34
Average 1st Inns scores – 166
Average 2nd Inns scores – 153
Highest total recorded – 235/1 (20 Ov) by RCB vs MI
Lowest total recorded – 67/10 (15.2 Ov) by KKR vs MI
Highest score chased – 198/7 (20 Ov) by MI vs KXIP
Lowest score defended – 135/6 (20 Ov) by DCG vs MI
Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
MI Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Quinton de Kock
Batsmen – Kieron Pollard (c), Suryakumar Yadav, R Sharma, Ishan Kishan
All-rounder – Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers – Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Alzarri Joseph, Rahul Chahar
RR Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Jos Buttler
Batsmen – Ajinkya Rahane (c), Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi
All-rounder – L Livingstone, K Gowtham
Bowlers – Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Rohit Sharma (c), Rahul Chahar, Mayank Markande, Yuvraj Singh, Ishan Kishan, Pankaj Jaiswal, Lasith Malinga, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting, Jayant Yadav, Evin Lewis, Barinder Sran, Kieron Pollard, Siddhesh Lad, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Anmolpreet Singh, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Anukul Roy, Jason Behrendorff, Rasikh Salam
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mahipal Lomror, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Shubham Ranjane, Oshane Thomas, Jofra Archer, Aryaman Birla, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sudhesan Midhun
Rohit Sharma averages 22.38 against Rajasthan Royals. In 18 innings, the MI skipper has scored 403 runs
Kieron Pollard smashed a whirlwind 83 in the last game. He has been dismissed 3 times by pacers in this year. So, can Jofra Archer get rid of him?
In two innings against MI, J Buttler has scored 93* and 6. He was bowled by J Bumrah
Sanju Samson averages 27 against MI while Steve Smith loves batting against MI bowlers. He has an average of 48.71 and is a must-have batter. In 9 innings he has amassed 341 runs.
J Archer has a good economy against MI and can be a good choice in bowlers.
With Evin Lewis sitting out on the bench, Q de Kock looks slightly doubtful. So, J Buttler will be the best pick in wicketkeeper.
Ben Stokes, R Prayag and S Lad are missing out
L Livingstone, K Gowtham and R Sharma are in
The final update will be provided at the time of toss. Don’t forget to check!
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