Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians(MI) will lock horns in Match 51 of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Rajasthan’s batters' exuded great character in their previous game against Chennai to dominate the proceedings. The team chased down the target of 190 and registered a victory by seven wickets.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, had to face defeat against the in-form Delhi capitals (DC) in their previous match. Delhi’s bowlers ran through MI’s batting line-up to restrict the team to a total of 129. Though MI was successful in getting a few early breakthroughs, Shreyas Iyer stayed firm on one end for DC as the team won the match by four wickets.
Heading into this match, a win is important for both the teams to stay in the hunt for the play-offs. Rajasthan has a winning momentum on their side will look to take that further. The Rohit Sharma-led side has previously been in such crunch positions and came out on top on most occasions. They will look to repeat it by putting a spirited show on display.
Spinners are expected to get help on this pitch of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Batting hasn’t looked too easy on this surface. On winning the toss, opting to chase can be a good alternative here.
Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c, wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Mayank Markande, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Rohit Sharma’s contribution will be very important for Mumbai. The team’s batting lineup has struggled a tad bit. Thus a good start from their captain will be pivotal for the side to dominate the two must-win games. The batter is currently the highest run-getter for the side. He has chipped in 341 runs in the tournament so far and will be determined to perform for the side.
The young batter displayed his sheer flair against Chennai. He played an impressive knock and provided the team with a flying start in a big chase. He registered a quick half-century which included as many as six fours and three sixes. He will look forward to taking the momentum further.