MI vs RR: Game 27 of the Indian Premier League features two teams in contrasting teams. Mumbai having won their last 3, look balanced, strong & are all in readiness to make it to the top four yet again, while Rajasthan just can’t manage to win games. They’re now only one spot above the 8th placed Royal Challengers Bangalore & have to win the remaining games to challenge the top half of the table.
18 runs to win off the final over. MS Dhoni & Ravindra Jadeja at the batting crease. Ben Stokes is given the final over & believe you me, not only does he concede the 18 runs but also bowls 2 no-balls & a wide. The pressure is immense but these guys train every day to come up with sturdy responses when the team needs them the most. Ben Stokes had an outstanding day on the field, he plucked one out of thin air at backward point & was covering ground like a gazelle. That last over though has to be one of the worst displays of death over bowling.
Ajinkya Rahane is missing a trick for certain. Rajasthan haven’t played bad cricket but have faltered at the most crucial moments. Who will step up for the Royals? Jofra Archer & Jos Buttler have been the star men for them. Sanju Samson was left out for a couple of games but was back in the 11 in the previous game. Shreyas Gopal has been impressive with bat & ball. RR need all their players to work in synergy. They have a colossal opponent in Mumbai & an uphill task ahead to make it to the playoffs. Can they?
Mumbai are 3rd on the table. How do they do this every single time? Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the previous game due to a muscle spasm & Kieron Pollard led them to a scintillating victory. They’ve got a plethora of match winners in their ranks. If one fails, the other comes good. Quinton De Kock hasn’t been at his best. If he gets going, there’ll be no looking back for MI. However, he might make way for Evin Lewis, who isn’t a bad striker at all. They’ve got bowlers who can win games for them. Jasprit Bumrah needs no introduction, Behrendorff has come good in the recent games, Rahul Chahar has been a revelation & the Pandya brothers are more than handy. Do they even have a weakness?
Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
When: 13th April 2019, Saturday
Kick-Off Time: 4:00 PM IST
The teams have played 21 times against each other. Mumbai have won eleven times while Rajasthan have managed to draw 2 points on 9 occasions. At Wankhede, Mumbai have won 4 times in 6 games. The 2-time champions, Mumbai, however, finished 2nd best in the 11th edition of the tournament. Who will prevail this year?
The pitch here isn’t as placid as the other wickets in India are but they do assist the batters when they spend some time on it. Boundary hitting isn’t easy right from the word go. KL Rahul & Kieron Pollard scored runs at a brisk pace in the previous game. The opener started off slowly only to accelerate in the latter part of the innings. The turf tends to get better as the game progresses. Pollard played a special knock to take his team through but ball-striking at this venue isn’t as easy as he made it seem. The MI vs RR game starts at 4:00 PM and the heat is certain to take its toll on the wicket. The ball will grip & turn. The skipper who wins the toss will assuredly opt to bowl first.
The average 1st innings score at this venue is 166. The teams batting 1st have won 35 times while the teams chasing have won 34 times.
Rohit Sharma batted in the nets & is all set to lead the Mumbai side. Quinton De Kock has gotten off to starts but hasn’t produced a big knock yet. He’ll compete with Evin Lewis for a place in the first XI. Kieron Pollard promoted himself to number 4 and the moved paid off. Will he bat at number 4 hereafter? Or is the Mumbai line-up extremely flexible?
Ashton Turner might make his debut for Rajasthan Royals. He’s likely to replace his counterpart, Steven Smith.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis/Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan(wk), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(wk), Steve Smith/Ashton Turner, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham/Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAM FOR MI vs RR
Rohit Sharma is all set to captain Mumbai Indians for the 100th time & is also one hit away from scoring 100 sixes for Mumbai Indians.
Jasprit Bumrah is without a doubt one of the best bowlers in world cricket but he’s been guilty of stepping over, time & again. In 67 IPL games, Bumrah has bowled 18 bo-balls. 4th highest in that list. Lasith Malinga with 17 is at the 5th spot.
Rohit Sharma & Ajinkya Rahane have scored 395 & 375 4’s in the IPL. The Mumbai skipper has hit 186 sixes while the Rajasthan batsman has cleared the ropes only 68 times.
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD
Live Streaming – Hotstar
Match Timings – 16:00 IST
The prediction is for MI to win the match.
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