The fortunes of Team Mumbai and Rajasthan have gone in different directions as coming into this match (MI vs RR), Mumbai will be looking for their third consecutive win whereas Rajasthan will be looking to avoid a third loss on the trot.
Interestingly the first-ever champions Rajasthan have a decent record over the record four-time champions Mumbai. In the past five matches, RR have managed to win the last four. They’ll be hoping to make it five in five in Abu Dhabi. The venue is known for its big boundaries and six hitting requires the batsman to hit it with all their might. The average first innings score at Abu Dhabi is 168 but the average winning score has been 183 this season. Team batting first will certainly be looking to reach this total.
Quinton de Kock vs Steven Smith
Quinton de Kock finally struck form in MI’s previous match as he scored his first fifty of the tournament. He’ll look at the Rajasthan bowling and apart from Jofra Archer there isn’t a single who trouble him in this match. If he gets past the new ball unscathed then he’ll look to get yet another big score under his belt.
Steven Smith started the tournament on a positive note but has lost his touch in the previous two matches. With his lack of form the team has struggled and have lost the previous matches. Smith has been most successful against Mumbai in the league. It’s the only team he has scored over 400 runs against, the only team against whom he has a strike-rate of more than 150 and has also hit the most fifties
PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Here are Rohit Sharma’s scores in the tournament so far: 12, 80, 8, 70, 6. There’s a clear pattern here and if this was to be followed then expect him to score big in the next match.
Jos Butler is known as one of the best white-ball players in the world. So far he has struggled to make an impression in the tournament. He’s too good not to score the big runs he’s known for.
Mumbai don’t have any reasons to chop and change their combination whereas Rajasthan have a few things to consider coming into this match. This could be the last game for Tom Curran as Ben Stokes should be available post this game. Uthappa in the middle order isn’t working out for the team and currently the team seems top heavy. They have a talented opening batsman in Yashaswi Jaiswal to come in and open the innings alongside Jos Butler which will allow captain Smith to play at number three where he’s most comfortable at. Here’s how these two teams could line-up-
MI: Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
RR: Yashaswi Jaiswal, Jos Butler (WK), Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Jaidev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal
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