Rajasthan Royals will face off against Mumbai Indians in the 51st match of the Indian Premier League. This will be a crucial game with regards to the qualification for the playoffs of the IPL 2021 tournament. Whichever team wins the game will have an advantage going into the final game of the season, which will also be a must-win. Both teams will want to win and get their net run-rate up at the same time.
The Rajasthan Royals, after their win against the Chennai Super Kings, have presented a strong contention for a playoff position. Chasing 189 runs, openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis started off with a 77-run stand, which was followed by Shivam Dube’s blistering 42 ball 64 run knock. The game saw Glenn Phillips score a quick-fire 14 off 8 balls, a testimony of what the Kiwi brings to the squad. The team from Rajasthan will want to play a good cricket match again to ensure they remain in the competition.
Bowling wise, the Rajasthan attack did take the heat as Ruturaj Gaikwad marched towards his maiden IPL ton. Going against Mumbai’s star studded lineup the Royals bowlers will have to deliver economically and keep constant.
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Sanju Samson (captain), Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Christopher Morris, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, K.C. Cariappa, Akash Singh, Kuldip Yadav, Ben Stokes
Mumbai Indians are wounded and will have to hustle hard for the playoff position. They come after a four wicket loss against the Delhi Capitals. While their bowlers did try to put up a strong fight defending 130 runs, but the deficit left by the batsmen was way too much. Except for Suryakumar Yadav (33), no other batsman managed to cross the 20 run mark.
The batting has been a chronic problem for the Mumbai Indians in the UAE leg. The big names in the squad like Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton De Kock and even Kieron Pollard have failed. For them to stay in the race, the biggies will have to fire.
Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neeshan, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Simarjeet Singh
Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians have faced each other 24 times in the IPL. Rajasthan have won 11 matches while Mumbai have won on 12 occasions.
The loser of the game might call it quits on the race to the playoffs. Both the teams have 10 points from 12 matches. Going by momentum Rajasthan Royals are the favourite side but Mumbai Indians are known to be the team who dominate the business end of the tournament. Mumbai should win the game.
Date and Time:
October 5, 2021 (Tuesday), 7:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah