It is not yet do-or-die, but Rajasthan Royals (RR) will look to get into winning momentum when they host Mumbai Indians (MI) in Jaipur. This match #36 of the Indian Premier League 2019 season will be played on Saturday.
RR have just two wins in eight games this season, which includes a four-wicket win in the reverse fixture. MI have picked up six wins of their nine fixtures and are second in the table ahead of this fixture. It is RR who have the edge in historical fixtures, winning the last three and four of the last five matches against MI.
Rajasthan have struggled for consistency and balance in the team, resulting in poor results. The loss to Kings XI in the last game was their third in four games. While Jos Buttler (311 runs, SR 151.70) remains their best bet with the bat, bowling lacked a consistent leader.
Jofra Archer (ten wickets, ER 6.77) has begun expressing himself, which is a positive sign. Middle order batting and the lack of bite in the bowling remains captain Ajinkya Rahane’s worries ahead of this crucial fixture.
Mumbai are peaking at the right time, with a number of people impressing with their performances. While Hardik Pandya (218 runs, SR 194.64) has been sensational with his late-order hitting, Quinton de Kock (313 runs, SR 137.28) is having a great debut season for MI.
Rohit Sharma’s lack of big scores remains a concern. With the ball, Jasprit Bumrah (ten wickets, ER 6.54) has settled down after a poor start. Young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (six wickets, ER 6.50) has been very impressive throughout IPL 2019.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Hardik Pandya has a SR of 194.64 this season, second only to Andre Russell. The wiry all-rounder has scored more than 70% of his runs in boundaries and is a good pick for your fantasy side.
Jos Buttler has 311 runs this season, coming at a SR of 151.70. His ability to give quick starts will be vital for RR and is a must for your fantasy side.
Jasprit Bumrah has already bowled 103 dot balls and has picked up ten wickets at an ER of 6.54. Another crucial fantasy selection!
RR: 1 Rahul Tripathi 2 Jos Buttler 3 Sanju Samson (WK) 4 Ajinkya Rahane (C) 5 Ashton Turner 6 Stuart Binny 7 Jofra Archer 8 Jaydev Unadkat 9 Shreyas Gopal 10 Ish Sodhi 11 Dhawal Kulkarni
MI: 1 Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Quinton de Kock (WK) 3 Suryakumar Yadav 4 Kieron Pollard 5 Ishan Kishan 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Krunal Pandya 8 Ben Cutting 9 Rahul Chahar 10 Lasith Malinga 11 Jasprit Bumrah
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