The Mumbai Indians meet the Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday evening to fight it out for 2 important points at stake. Both the teams have similar stats, 5 wins, 6 losses and with a better net run rate Mumbai Indians are placed higher on the points tally. However, a win here would help the cause of both the teams immensely.
MI have started the upward climb at the right time and are coming on the back a comprehensive win against the KKR. The manner in which they won the previous encounter will help them feel a lot good about themselves. RR too have won their matches against the mighty Punjab and Chennai Super Kings and that help them feel that they can win against any opponent on their day.
RR have had a confusing season so far. By now seem to have found their winning XI. Rahane will still hope for some batsmen to return to form, including himself. Apart from Jos Buttler, hardly anyone else has risen to the occasion and batsmen like Rahane and Sanju Samson need return to run scoring ways. Ben Stokes was promoted to open the batting in last game but even that gamble failed.
Batsmen Suyakumar Yadav has been in great form for the MI and Mumbai will expect him to remain in the golden touch for the remainder of the tournament. Ishan Kishan showed everyone what he is capable of and why he is rated so highly as a youngster. Rohit Sharma hold the key to that batting unit. Whenever Rohit has scored more than 30 runs, MI have won 80% of their matches. That solves a lot of problems for Mumbai Indians.
As far as bowling is concerned Jofra Archer and K Gowtham have been good for the Rajasthan Royals and tonight at the Wankhede, they would the bowlers to watch out for. For Mumbai Indians- eyes will be on the Pandya brothers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mayank Markande who have been doing phenomenal for the Mumbai Indians.
A promising encounter awaits us from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Broadcast starts at 20:00 Hours (IST).