Date: 29 April 2021
Time: 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
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The stage is set for match number 24 between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League as the things are very interestingly poised. With two wins in five matches, both sides have had a rather disappointing start to their season and will be desperate for a win in this contest. The action has now shifted to Delhi and with a change in venue, they would also be looking for a change in fortunes as the league enters the crucial middle-phase of the season.
Mumbai and Rajasthan have a history of producing nail-biting contests in past. Surprisingly, the men in pink have had the better of 5-time champions in recent times, with five wins in last six matches. Talking about the Arun Jaitley Stadium, there is certainly going to be an even contest between bat and ball. With this being an afternoon game, there will be some assistance to the spinners and with quality bowlers like Rahul Chahar and Shreyas Gopal on both sides, the fans are certainly going to enjoy a thrilling contest.
Matches played: 25
Mumbai Indians: 12
Rajasthan Royals: 12
Rohit Sharma’s side are not known for making too many changes despite a poor start to their campaign. With a well-balanced side, they might continue their strategy of playing only three overseas players in the playing XI. Depending on the conditions, there is a possibility of Jayant Yadav making way for someone like Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Sanju Samson’s side will have a few concerns coming into this contest. They are left with only four overseas players in Jos Buttler, David Miller, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman who are all certain to start. With most players expected to retain their place in side, the only point of question will be the inclusion of Shreyas Gopal in place of Jaydev Unadkat.
The right-handed batsman has looked the most impressive player for MI this season with 154 runs to his name in 5 matches so far. SKY has hit the runs at a dazzling strike-rate of 143.92 and has taken on the bowlers in the middle-overs. The 30-year-old is going to be key once again as Mumbai try to bounce back after a disappointing start this season.
The South African all-rounder has become the key asset for Rajasthan Royals and have become the leader of pace attack in the absence of Jofra Archer. Morris has already taken 9 wickets in the tournament and will need to step up against a dangerous-looking Mumbai batting. The 33-year-old has also made some vital contributions with the bat and is going to be the player to watch out for in this contest.
The leg-spinner has started the season on a high, having single-handedly won the game for Mumbai against Kolkata. Rahul Chahar has 9 wickets in 5 matches so far and has conceded runs at a very impressive economy of 6.85. With Delhi wicket offering some help, the 21-year-old is certainly going to be the biggest challenge for RR batsmen.
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c/wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat/Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman