Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) have a very strong H2H record, with MI leading 10-8. However, both teams bring contrasting form to this match #27 of the Indian Premier League 2019 season.
The hosts have four wins in six matches this season, including three wins in a row. MI have shown a tendency to improve, while the Royals are having an inconsistent season.
Mumbai had an excellent comeback-win over Kings XI Punjab. Stand-in captain Kieron Pollard blasted 83* that aced the 197-run chase. A move up the order to number four has certainly benefited the burly all-rounder.
While batting remains the strong point for Mumbai, their bowling has been inconsistent. Alzarri Joseph has slotted into the side with ease, while the improved bowling of leg-spinner Rahul Chahar is a happy positive. It still, however, is their batting that keeps pulling them through.
Rajasthan find themselves second from bottom, with five losses in six games so far. The uncertainty around the places of Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith continue to rankle them. Batting remains inconsistent and the Royals are struggling to get into form.
Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal (SR 181.81, eight wickets) remains the lone positive with the ball for the Royals. While overseas recruits Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer continue to struggle, RR have been going downhill.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Kieron Pollard has enjoyed the elevation to number four and should do that once again. His 179 runs at a SR of 194.56 could be set to swell with sixes, as he looks to add to his tally of 17 sixes.
Hardik Pandya can be a very strong finisher, and has 121 runs at a SR of 172.85. He has eight sixes to his name already and has already picked up six wickets in IPL 2019.
Shreyas Gopal has been the lone consistent warrior for the Royals this season. He has eight wickets to his name at an ER of 6.65, while his runs at a SR of 181.81 is a huge bonus as well.
MI: Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Quinton de Kock (WK) 3 Suryakumar Yadav 4 Kieron Pollard 5 Ishan Kishan 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Krunal Pandya 8 Alzarri Joseph 9 Rahul Chahar 10 Jasprit Bumrah 11 Jason Behrendorff
RR: 1 Ajinkya Rahane (C) 2 Jos Buttler (WK) 3 Sanju Samson 4 Ashton Turner 5 Rahul Tripathi 6 Ben Stokes 7 Jofra Archer 8 Shreyas Gopal 9 Riyan Parag 10 Jaydev Unadkat 11 Dhawal Kulkarni
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