Mumbai Indians have now entered a desperate zone. They need to win their 2 remaining games to qualify for the playoffs. MI will face Rajasthan Royals in a do-or-die battle. It promises to be an enthralling contest. Here is all about RR vs MI Match Predictions.
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Rajasthan Royals have punched well above their weight:
Jofra Archer, the MVP of last year had withdrawn from the tournament even before it began. Ben Stokes, their leading light quit post the first game. Jos Buttler, their talisman skipped the UAE leg. Their high-profile signing, Chris Morris has had a horrendous run of form in UAE. RR are one team have suffered the most setbacks this season but they have refused to give up. They have consistently punched above their weight to stay alive in the competition even now. Their Indian talent has come of age and challenged bigger names in the league. RR will be looking for 2 more games of inspiration to enter the playoffs.
The defending champions look down and out:
Mumbai Indians came into the tournament having won the title twice in two years. They had great chance to become the first team to win the title thrice in a row. But their campaign up until now has drifted big time from their plans. Their over reliance on matchups has cost them few games. MI’s biggest bugbear this season is their refusal to acknowledge the glaring weakness in their team. They did try bringing in few changes but it hasn’t helped their cause so far. MI have lost 4 out of the 5 games they have played in UAE this season. They will be up against RR in the quest to survive and march ahead.
RR vs MI: Favourites?
Mumbai Indians have struggled right through the season playing on slow low surfaces. They will be facing RR in Sharjah. The wicket there has deteriorated rapidly. RR much like MI have struggled on these surfaces. MI have quality star power in their side to topple RR.
Which players will be match-winners in this game?
Suryakumar Yadav has arguably been MI’s best batsman over the past 3 seasons. He will be key to MI’s revival this season.
David Miller has good numbers against MI. He will be key to RR’s chances.
RR have a 5-2 win record against MI in the last 3 seasons. The main factor here is RR not losing wickets in the powerplay to MI. Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult might just want to correct that fact today.
Shivam Dube came out all guns blazing against CSK. RR will expect an encore from him.
Probable Playing XI:
Rajasthan Royals predicted XI:
Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube, David Miller, Glenn Philips, Rahul Tewatia, Mayank Markhande, Akash Singh, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman/Chris Morris
Mumbai Indians predicted XI:
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
What do stats say about MI vs RR?
RR and MI have played 24 IPL games against each other.
RR has won 11 games. MI has won 12 matches. 1 game has ended with no result.
RR’s highest score against MI is 208. MI’s highest score against RR is 212.
RR’s lowest score against MI is 103. MI’s lowest score against RR is 92.
Sharjah pitch has behaved strangely. It hasn’t been a true surface. Batsmen have failed to get going. Teams will find it difficult to chase a par score in these conditions.
A high of 36 degrees and a low of 29 degrees is expected. There are no chances of rain. This being a day game there won’t be any dew.
Teams batting first have won 60% of the games at this venue. But of late owing to the dew, teams have preferred chasing at this venue. This season the average scores have come down drastically. A score of around 150+ will be challenging at Sharjah.
It is a vintage David vs Goliath battle. MI’s might be just too much for RR.