IPL 2020 MI vs RR: Mumbai Indians take on Rajasthan Royals as we look at the preview, predicted 11 and key players.
|Match 20||MI vs RR|
|Date & Time||Tuesday, Oct 6 || 7:30 pm IST|
IPL 2020 – MI vs RR Match Preview:
It’s match 20, and we have Mumbai Indians taking on their toughest arch-rival, Rajasthan Royals in a bid to retake their top spot. Rajasthan Royals, meanwhile are in search of inspiration after having lost two in a row.
Mumbai Indians have won three out of their five matches so far, and would need to win this game to go to the top. However, they are up against a team they don’t have a good record. Head to head, MI have won 10, but also lost 10. A win tomorrow would not only take them to the top, but also make their overall record against RR look better.
Rajasthan Royals are currently struggling with their team combination, and they definitely need to strategize around their thin middle-order. While Lomror did play well in the last match, Uthappa and Riyan aren’t doing justice with to their place in the squad. Until Stokes is back, RR need to bring experience in the middle-order.
IPL 2020 MI vs RR Predicted XIs:
Mumbai Indians have found their perfect team combination, and should go unchanged.
IPL 2020 MI vs SRH – Mumbai Indians Predicted 11:
Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Rajasthan Royals dropped Yashasvi Jaiswal after just 1 bad game. That was quite naive to do from a team that backed youngsters. However, they need an experienced batsman in the middle-order. So, either Smith and Samson move down the order, and accommodate Uthappa or Yashasvi at the top, or they play David Miller in the middle-order until Stokes is back. But, the young lad Yashasvi looks more certain to play as the opener, and should do.
IPL 2020 MI vs RR – Rajasthan Royals Predicted 11:
Jos Buttler (WK), Yashasvi Jaiswal / Manan Vohra, Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, and Jaydev Unadkat.
Key Player Selections:
Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, and Steve Smith
Jos Buttler has had a quiet IPL so far, and that’s definitely not a good thing. He hasn’t looked out of form, and has starts in two of the three matches so far. But, a poor shot in all the three matches got better of him. He is now up against Mumbai Indians; his previous team, and supposedly his favourite team. If he maintains his composure for the initial few overs, expect a big one from Jos.
Just like Jos Buttler, Suryakumar Yadav hasn’t had the bests of IPL so far. He has got good aggressive starts in two matches so far, but is yet to make a big impact as per his standards. He is almost due for a big one, and tomorrow could be that day.
Rohit Sharma has played two match-winning knocks so far, and guess where have they come? Yes, Abu Dhabi. He failed to get going in the potential high-scoring ground of Sharjah, and he would want to amend that with supposedly his favourite ground, Abu Dhabi.
Two fifties to start, and then two poor scores. That’s how Steve Smith has been in his IPL so far. He needs to adapt his game on pitches of Abu Dhabi and Dubai as fancy unorthodox shots may not work. Moreover, his team needs a captain’s knock from him, and tomorrow could be it.
All-rounders: Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard looks in ominous touch in this IPL. He has got scores in all the matches so far, and he is striking it at 209; third-highest this season. Additionally, Mumbai Indians have given him ample batting time in the middle, and he has paid dividends with superb batting.
Bowlers: Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Chahar.
Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal could be the only bowlers from Rajasthan Royals that can stop the power-packed batting line-up of Mumbai Indians. While Archer is a potent option at the start, and at the death, Gopal with his leggies could play a crucial role given the number of right-handers in Mumbai Indians squad, and Abu Dhabi pitch.
Rahul Chahar didn’t get to complete his quota of 4 overs in the last match, which he Ideally completes. However, that was a Sharjah pitch, and this is Abu Dhabi. The pitch should definitely assist Chahar, and he should perform well tomorrow.
Captain & Vice-Captain Pick: Jos Buttler and Suryakumar Yadav.
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