After defeating in-form Chennai Super Kings, Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals surpassed Mumbai Indians to claim sixth place in the points rankings. MI, on the other hand, lost their fourth loss of the UAE leg against Delhi Royals, but they will be confident following a solid 7-wicket win against table-toppers CSK. The win also ended a three-match losing streak against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Delhi Capitals. But despite the comprehensive triumph, the Royals are straining at sixth in the points table. Their net run rate of-0.337 isn’t casual by any stretch of the imagination. Another loss will fair knock them out of the matchup, although they will have a precise chance to qualify for the playoffs. After losing to Delhi Capitals, MI aren’t in the casual of positions. When the two outfits last met, the Mumbai- predicated outfit won by seven trapdoors and they will be looking for matching performance.
Match – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians – 51st match
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The surface in Sharjah is predicted to help batters, since they may easily score up to 150 runs while batting first. Because chasing is a superior choice, the side that wins the toss should choose to bowl first.
Avg first innings score: 139 (6 matches in the IPL 2021 at Sharjah)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Sharjah’s weather is expected to remain clear. The temperature will be approximately 36 degrees Celsius, there will be 54 percent humidity, and there will be no rain throughout the game, according to the prediction.
Played – 26 | Rajasthan Royals– 12 | Mumbai Indians – 13 | N/R – 1
Played – 2 | Rajasthan Royals– 1 | Mumbai Indians – 1 | N/R – 0
Sanju Samson (c), Evin Lewis, Y Jaiswal, David Miller, ShivamDube,Tewatia, Glenn Phillips, KartikTyagi, MayankMarkande, M Rahman, Sakariya
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton d Kock, S Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik, Pollard, K Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter Nile, Bumrah, Boult
Rohit Sharma— Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma is doing an excellent job as the ship anchor, which we have already seen while playing a 63-run knock in the last game. He’s now hit 30 runs in each of his previous four outings. The hit-man team really needed victory to get some lift and it will be unusual for him to ignore this opportunity to go all-out to enter in playoffs as a current champion of IPL.
Mustafizur Rahman— Mumbai Indians
Mustafizur Rahman will be bowling against world-class batters like Rohit Sharma, and Quinton d Kock, but he can create difficulties with his variations. He has picked up 11 wickets until now in IPL 2021 at an economy of 7.84. Hence this boulder in MI paths can stop them from gaining additional 2 points to move up in the point table.
Royals are filled with confidence once they registered a convincing 7-wicket win against table-toppers CSK. The triumph additionally stopped a skid of 3 defeats on the trot to Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and city Capitals. Samson and co, who opened their second part of IPL 2021 with a win against geographical area Kings, remained within the four-horse play-off race together with MI, PBKS, and KKR, who are all on ten points from twelve matches because it stands.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have lost four of their five matches in the second phase of the IPL 2021, losing to CSK, RCB, DC, and KKR, with their lone win coming against PBKS. Champions in the making The Mumbai Indians have been plagued by a run of bad luck with some of their most dependable stars. They’ve attempted and failed to test the majority of the bench strength. Despite their last match’s outcome, Mumbai may stick with the same 11 and simply add Rahul Chahar to the lineup. Saurabh Tiwary might also be an injury concern heading into the game.
For RR, the math is simple: they must defeat both MI and KKR in order to reach 14 points. MI’s best-case scenario is for them to win both of their remaining games and pray that RR beats KKR. For the time being, both teams will focus on one task at a time in order to go one step closer to a playoff berth. For now, we think RR has a step up from Mumbai and will steal the win.
Today’s match prediction: Mumbai Indians to win the match.