IPL 2018, 47th Match, Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
Sunday, May 13, 2018, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The Mumbai Indians made it to the top 4, beating KKR in their previous game, however, the same team has thrown Mumbai out of the safe zone with a 31-run win over Kings XI Punjab last night (May 12) in Indore.
If Mumbai can manage a win in this game against RR, they have the chance to move up the points table to the third position. A win for Rajasthan in this game implies they move up to fourth position. Also they have the chance to make it to the third position if they can beat Mumbai by a big margin.
Batting, except Jos Buttler, at the top seems to be a concern for the Royals, who are already with worrying bowling attack. On the other hand, Mumbai are in superb confidence with all round performances from their players. Unless there are any injuries in the squad, both teams would likely to play the same team from their respective previous games.
MI are coming into this game with three back to back wins, while Rajasthan Royals are coming into this game with two consecutive wins.
First Match Result in the ongoing season:
Suryakumar Yadav (72) and Ishan Kishan (58) scored half-centuries and despite their effort Mumbai Indians finished with only 167 for 7 on the board in their 20 overs. A calculated chase followed by a 11-ball 33 cameo by Krishnappa Gowtham in the end helped them win the game by 3 wickets in the final over of the match.
Head to Head Record:
Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals have played 17 games against each other out of which Mumbai won 10 games and Rajasthan won the remaining 7 games. In the last 5 games, MI won 3 while RR won the other two games.
Favorites to win:
It is tough to pick a team as both teams are in good form in their respective previous games. Both teams are also under pressure at the same time as the loser might find it difficult to get into top four but with home ground factor coming into play, Mumbai Indians seems to be the favorites to win.
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Adam Milne
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, D’Arcy Short, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen