A win will imply fully various things for the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals after they meet on Sunday night in Abu Dhabi. For the Mumbai Indians, it can additional strengthen their probabilities of a top-two end, which in the intervening time seems like a three-way race with the Delhi Capitals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. For the Royals, who’re at present on eight factors from 11 video games, it can maintain their playoff hopes alive.
Often sluggish starters, the Mumbai Indians have been a distinct unit this time. Since shedding the opening match of the event to the Chennai Tremendous Kings, the one two outcomes to not go their method got here by way of Tremendous Overs. Their ten-wicket win over the Tremendous Kings on Friday, in the absence of their regular captain Rohit Sharma, was one other instance of how ruthless they’ve been this season.
The Royals, alternatively, have misplaced three out of their final 4 video games, their two wins at first of the event and Sanju Samson’s scintillating knocks in these each trying like issues from the distant previous. Ben Stokes’ entry was imagined to revive their fortunes however the experiment to open with him hasn’t labored. Within the bowling, they rely an excessive amount of on Jofra Archer. They should spring a Rahul Tewatia or two now.
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Sharma missed the sport in opposition to the Tremendous Kings due to a hamstring harm and it is unlikely he will probably be accessible for Sunday’s match.
After opting to bat, Suryakumar Yadav’s unbeaten 47-ball 79 helped the Mumbai Indians submit a daunting 193 for 4 in Abu Dhabi. In reply, Jos Buttler fought a lone battle with 70 off 44 balls as Jasprit Bumrah’s four for 20 helped bundle the Royals out for 136.
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Robin Uthappa, 2 Jos Buttler, three Sanju Samson (wk), four Steven Smith (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 Rahul Tewatia, eight Jofra Archer, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Ankit Rajpoot, 11 Kartik Tyagi
Mumbai Indians: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Ishan Kishan, three Suryakumar Yadav, four Saurabh Tiwary, 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, eight Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
The Royals are but to seek out their finest batting order. Though Buttler has completed all proper within the center order, it is perhaps price asking him to open rather than Stokes, who has managed simply 110 runs off 103 balls and is but to hit a six. The one swap will repair two issues for the Royals. Buttler has been at his finest – 2287 runs at 40.12 with a strike price of 151.75 – when opening the batting, whereas Stokes has performed most of his cricket within the center order.
The Royals can strive bowling Shreyas Gopal in opposition to Quinton de Kock, who has scored solely 18 off 28 balls in opposition to the legspinner whereas being dismissed as soon as.
Stats that matter
Archer has picked up one-third (15) of the wickets taken by the Royals bowlers (45) within the event. Eleven of Archer’s 15 wickets have been of top-order batsmen (No. 1 to three).
Smith averages 46.four in opposition to the Mumbai Indians, his finest in opposition to any group within the IPL.
de Kock had managed solely 48 runs at a median of 12 and a strike price of 112 within the first 4 video games of the season. Since then, he has scored 320 runs in six innings at a median of 80 and a strike price of 150.
Bumrah has conceded lower than seven an over in every of his final 5 video games whereas choosing up ten wickets.