After beating Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai, Mumbai Indians is set to have a faceoff with Rajasthan Royals on the first match of the doubleheader on Saturday. Rajasthan Royals lost their last encounter with Chennai Super Kings at Jaipur. Let’s see if uncertain RR can stand tall against MI at Wankhede or not.
In the 27th match of VIVO IPL MI is going to host RR at Wankhede Stadium. MI hopes for another special from Pollard as their last match against KXIP. After losing five matches, RR is looking to taste their second victory in VIVO IPL2019. At the present scenario, Mumbai Indians are at 3rd spot of the point table, whereas RR is seating just above RCB with two points.
MI vs RR head to head stats
MI and Rajasthan have played 21 times in IPL. Mumbai is enjoying the lead with 11 wins and RR has won 9 games till now. If we look at the performance at Wankhede stadium, then MI has a superior edge over RR with 6-2 stats. In today’s match as per the stats and current form, the onus is on MI. Let’s find out who will have a smile after the match.
MI is so far
MI’s regular captain Rohit Sharma is set to return on today’s match after an injury. Due to his injury, he missed the first match in IPL in 11 years. Rohit’s inclusion in the team surely boosts of the player’s mindset and the batting line up of Mumbai Indians.
In the absence of the regular skipper, the stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard was a savior for MI. His brilliant 83 on 31 balls knock had helped MI to get a par of KXIP’s target. As a result, MI won the match by three wickets on the last ball of the match.
Another West Indian sensation Alzzari Joseph, who was the hero of last two matches for MI. On his dream debut in IPL, he could get the best IPL bowling figure of 12/6, and in the last match, he contributed crucial 15 runs to help MI to win. He didn’t let Pollard’s effort to go in in vain.
In bowling attack, MI was looked little weaker as per their potential. Although Behrendorff and Bumarh had one wicket each, they were expensive. Hardik Pandya got a couple of wickets, but he spared 57 runs for it. So in today’s match, they need to focus on their real team potential.
RR is so far
RR is a well-balanced team. In most of the matches, they seem to have the match on their hand, but they are failed to get the finishing touch. That’s why they could capitalize only on a win in six matches.
After having a good start by Rahane and Buttler against CSK, the middle order batsmen of RR couldn’t maintain the same pace. That’s why they were unable to give a big target to CSK. Steve Smith and Ben Stokes are very slow with their bats. Sanju Samson after having a century is not in good touch. He needs to spark.
Probable Playing 11
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff
Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ashton Turner/Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Riyan Parag
Wankhede is a bouncy pitch. So it will be beneficial for seam bowlers. But in the last match, it was batting friendly. So we can expect the same for today’s match.
VIVO IPL 2019 MI vs RR
Venue: Wankhede Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar