Clashing Teams: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Date: April 29th, 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 03:30 PM (Local)
Head to Head: Mumbai Indians- 12 and Rajasthan Royals- 12
• The defending champions Mumbai Indians will march into the first match of double-header Thursday after succumbing to consecutive setbacks against Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals. Rohit Sharma led brigade is presently occupying the fourth position in the leader-board standings with just two positive results in overall five matches played.
• Mumbai Indians would look forward to sorting out their bruising middle order woes, none of their hard-hitting batsmen have delivered mesmerizing form with the bat. Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Pandya Brothers or Mr. Dependable Kieron Pollard- all are lacking intent this season. Mumbai Indians have signaled that they will experiment with the playing XI and Adam Milne could get a chance in team combination switching duties with Jayant Yadav.
• The Jaipur-based franchise recorded a must needed victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in their preceding schedule. Chris Morris brilliance with ball reduced KKR for a timid total of 133 runs and skipper’s knock of composed 42 runs off 41 balls from Sanju Samson finally gripped a six wickets win for pink army after demoralizing setbacks in two straight games.
• The seventh positioned Rajasthan Royals are combating several issues and most prominent of all is absence of key overseas players. Several experiments were carried out with the opening duo but neither Manan Vohra nor Yashasvi Jaiswal executed their initial start. Middle order commanded by David Miller, Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag are needed to support top-order with open-hearted performances. RR would look forward to essential 2 points success in order to improve leaderboard stats.
Both teams would aspire to kick-off Delhi campaign on a winning note. However, counting on Mumbai’s deep batting line-up bridged with excellence of MI pace duo Bumrah-Boult pronounced them as initial favorites. Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya will also try their best to carve out advantages offered by spin-friendly Delhi’s wicket. Viewing challenges offered by Delhi’s scorching heat in an evening match, the winning skipper would definitely go for batting first and somewhere around 165+ would be a challenging target on this moisture-ridden wicket.
Market Odds (As on 05:30 P.M)
Top Batsman in Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma- MI skipper poises an exponential experience while competing against spin dominant sides. Rohit Sharma emerged as MI's most successful player with the bat in IPL 2021 and scored a total 201 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 130.
Top Batsman in Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson- The young skipper is soaking captaincy pressure quite handsomely and turning out to be a gem for futuristic Indian cricket. Samson is top-scorer for his side with 187 runs in overall 5 matches which includes 17 fours and monumental 9 sixes.
Rahul Chahar to be Mumbai Indians Top Bowler: This right hand leg-break bowler will prove a worthy asset on spin-friendly track. Chahar is top contender of the ‘purple cap’ with overall 9 scalps at an average of 15 and commendable economy rate of 6.85
Probable Playing XI
Mumbai Indians - Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav/ Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman