Mumbai Indians are in the second position in the IPL points table and Rajasthan Royals are competing hard to make their way for the playoffs due to two wins from eight matches. Mumbai Indians are closer to the top of the points table with six wins and three losses from nine games. They can attain the top position if they win this game. Mumbai Indians were known as slow starters but are heading towards a top position with consistent performances.
Rajasthan Royals lost their past three games with nominal differences at the end like 5 runs, 14 runs, and 8 runs. If they were cautious in their chase, they might clinch that games. Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, and Shreyas Gopal are protagonists for the side and they are not doing well as a unit. The other eventual performers are Sanju Samson for his ton against SRH, Ajinkya Rahane for his 78 against SRH and 37 against Mumbai Indians. Jos Buttler is the only batsman who is doing great in all the possible occasions.
Especially, the economy rate of Rajasthan Royals was very poor as the Pacers picked just 17 wickets from eight games with 10.25 runs per over. At this moment, Oshane Thomas should be provided an opportunity in this game since the franchise bagged him for a sum of Rs.1.1 crore. Rajasthan Royals lost most of their offshore fixtures and need to bounce back to stay in the competition.
Jofra Archer, who got the first call up for the English world cup side and Shreyas Gopal picked 18 wickets for the side from 8 games. Jayadev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni seem the white elephants for the team and need a good break to strengthen their position.
Mumbai Indians doesn’t seem a stronger team on paper but a consistent middle order is their biggest asset. Hardik Pandya handed most of the wins for the side and the bowlers did their best to keep on the momentum. Jasprit Bumrah is the outstanding bowler for the side though he could not pick the decent number of wickets for the side.
Rohit Sharma(captain), Quinton De Kock, Kieron Pollard, Surya Kumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell Mc Clenaghan/ Jasprit Bumrah, Ben Cutting, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, and Lasith Malinga.
Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane(captain), Sanju Samson, Ashton Turner, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayadev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, and Ish Sodhi.