Dream11 IPL MI vs RR Prediction: Slowly but steadily, defending champions Mumbai Indians are finding their mojo back. They are at the second place with 3 wins out of 5 matches and will look to build upon that when they take on Rajasthan Royals today. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals have gone in exact opposite direction from Mumbai Indians. They are coming off from two straight losses and will be looking to break that trend. We will preview MI vs RR Dream11 contest.
Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad convincingly at Sharjah in their last match. Quinton de Kock found his form in batting friendly conditions with a blistering 67 while Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan also contributed in the middle overs. Kieron Pollard and Pandya brothers applied finishing touches as MI posted 208 runs on the board. In bowling, SRH top order was always kept in check. David Warner anchored the innings for most part but was never allowed to run away with the match. Trent Boult, James Pattinson and Jasprit Bumrah picked up a couple each as Mumbai Indians registered a win by 34 runs.
Rajasthan Royals were outplayed by Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match. Batting first, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson went early and once these three were dismissed, they were always playing catching-up. Mahipal Lomror played a good hand of 47 in the first match of his season. Rahul Tewatia and Jofra Archer accumulated some momentum in the death overs as RR reached 154 in the end. In reply, RCB batsmen were immaculate after losing Aaron Finch early. Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli shared a match-winning stand while Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal were impressive from RR’s perspective.
In head-to-head comparisons, Rajasthan Royals do have a reasonably good record against Mumbai Indians compared to other teams. Both have won 11 matches each in 23 matches played between them while one match was washed out in 2009. Rajasthan Royals have been even more dominant recently with 4 victories in last 5 matches against MI. They will meet for the first time in UAE.
Pitch and Conditions
This match will be played at Abu Dhabi and pitches here have been slow compared to other two venues. Longer boundaries give spinners plenty to work with at this venue. The conditions are expected to remain same today as well and batting first would be a good idea. The weather will remain clear for the evening in Abu Dhabi today.
MI vs RR Dream11 Teams Match Details
Fixture name: Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 20, IPL 2020
There are no reasons for Mumbai Indians to change their playing XI after couple of dominating performances.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock will be their opening pair and with latter getting back to form will only make them even more dangerous.
Suryakumar Yadav has shown glimpses but hasn’t gone on to play a big innings for his team while Ishan Kishan has also looked in great touch so far. Lower middle order of Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya is the most threatening one in the competition.
The Indian core in the batting department means that Mumbai Indians have a luxury of playing two overseas fast-bowlers in James Pattinson and Trent Boult. This move has paid dividends so far for them. Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar will round-off the playing XI today.
Rajasthan Royals are in serious need of some changes in batting order as they are looking too much top-heavy for anyone’s liking.
Jos Buttler and Steve Smith need to go big even if that means a cautious approach in the powerplay. Sanju Samson has batted well at Sharjah but needs to find his consistency at the other venues.
Robin Uthappa and Mahipal Lomror will be their options in the middle overs while time is running out for Riyan Parag to make an impression this year. Rahul Tewatia has been excellent at number 7 position for RR.
Jofra Archer and Shreays Gopal are confirmed starters but if they decide to change their overseas combination, then Tom Curran will have to sit out. Jaydev Unadkat has also struggled with his bowling this year; Ankit Rajpoot is another option for the team management in MI vs RR Dream11 prediction.
RR Playing 11 (Probable)
Jos Buttler Steve Smith Sanju Samson Robin Uthappa Mahipal Lomror Riyan Parag Rahul Tewatia Shreyas Gopal Jofra Archer Tom Curran Ankit Rajpoot
MI vs RR Dream 11 Prediction Today Cricket Match
WK: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Steve Smith, Riyan Parag All-rounders: Kieron Pollard Bowlers: Jofra Archer, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar
Rohit Sharma is an ideal choice for the captaincy today. He has played well at Abu Dhabi so far with the scores of 70, 80 and 12 in 3 innings. If he survives the opening spell from Jofra Archer today, we may see some fireworks from his bat.
Quinton de Kock is another good option from Mumbai Indians now that he has some runs under his belt. He made 67 in the last innings against SRH and will look to continue the momentum in this match as well. Another advantage for him is lack of off-spinners in the opposition ranks.
Jos Buttler is officially due for an innings this year. He is yet to make any impression and with the quality he has, this shouldn’t continue for long. He started off briskly in the last innings but would be disappointed with his shot selection. His wicket-keeping points will also add to his fantasy potential.
Kieron Pollard is a genuine option for the grand leagues today. He is batting lower down the order but he is still making enough contributions in limited game time. With Hardik Pandya not able to bowl this season, Kieron Pollard is a regular 2-3 overs contender for Rohit Sharma. Overall potential of Kieron Pollard gives you a good picture for the grand leagues.
Steve Smith had a couple of cheap outings after his consecutive fifties to begin with. But his class should still be backed at least in the grand leagues. He is opening the batting this year for RR and that should give him plenty of time to settle into his grooves.
Jofra Archer has taken 4 scalps so far in as many matches but he is bowling very well. His numbers don’t do justice to how well he has bowled till now. His opening spells in all the matches have been fiery and another interesting match-up against Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock awaits him at Abu Dhabi.
Who will win MI vs RR Today Match Prediction?
As per our Today Match Predictions, Mumbai Indians are overwhelmingly favourites to win this encounter against Rajasthan Royals. MI are strong in all the departments with almost zero weaknesses while RR have struggled if their top order fails. Rajasthan Royals will have to execute their skills perfectly in all the segments if they are to stand any chances today.
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