RR have been dominant over MI in the past few years but this time around, RR has been lacking quality players. Thus, MI will be looking to capitalize on the opportunity and they will be looking to sort out their middle order batting issues going forward in this tournament. For RR to perform well, players like Jos Buttler will be key as he has a good record against MI in IPL.
Let us have a look at some of the numbers before game :
Most runs for RR vs MI - Sanju Samson (371 runs)
Most wickets for RR [Among current players] vs MI - Shreyas Gopal (6 wickets)
Most runs for MI vs RR - Kieron Pollard (300 runs)
Most wickets for MI [Among current players] vs RR - Kieron Pollard (11 wickets) & Jasprit Bumrah (11 wickets)
259 - Jos Buttler has scored 259 runs against MI from just 4 innings in IPL with a batting average of 86.33 at strike rate of 175. Buttler's last 3 scores against MI in IPL are 70(44), 89(43) & 94*(53). Thus, he could be key player for Rajasthan Royals in this clash.
3 - Sanju Samson needs 3 more sixes to smash 100 sixes for Rajasthan Royals in IPL and Quinton de Kock needs 3 more sixes to smash 50 sixes for Mumbai Indians in IPL.
6 - Krunal Pandya needs 1 more wicket to pick 50 wickets for Mumbai Indians alone in IPL.
10 - Ishan Kishan needs 35 more runs to become only the 10th player to score 1000 runs for Mumbai Indians in IPL.
319 - Suryakumar Yadav has scored 319 runs from just 9 innings against Rajasthan Royals in IPL and he has averaged 45.57 with the bat at a S.R of 138.1. Suryakumar Yadav has exhibited his batting skills against the RR line up in the tough situations during past, thus he will also be a key player to be looked at in this contest.
50 - Hardik Pandya needs 1 more catch to become only the 3rd player to pick 50 catches as fielder for Mumbai Indians in IPL.
5 - RR since their IPL comeback in 2018, have defeated MI 5 out of 6 times.