MI vs RR IPL 2021 Preview: Out of Chennai, rusty Mumbai eye fresh start
It is high time that Mumbai Indians get rid of their starting troubles.
Delhi pitch won't help MI's cause
Mumbai have a reputation of being slow starters but with only two victories from five matches, another loss will really push them deep in the points table and it would be very tough even for a team with the calibre of Mumbai Indians to bounce back.
Although they will appreciate the change of venue, moving out of Chennai where they have had a horrid run especially with the bat, the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi is not expected to offer them a batting friendly pitch either.
Mumbai's overcautious approach
Hence, Mumbai will have to find a medium path in which they can preserve their wickets and go hard at the same time, which is the USP of their batting line up.
It was very unlike Mumbai Indians when they soaked up a lot of deliveries in the last match against Punjab Kings, almost as if it was a planned tactic to be overcautious, so much so that they could only manage 21 runs from the powerplay. The match was all but done inside that period.
With MI not finding enough merit in picking a fourth overseas player with Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marco Jansen and James Neesham as their options, they have decided to stick with off spinner Jayant Yadav as their third spin option alongside Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya, which has gone well for them till now.
Rohit needs help
Rohit Sharma has been doing well despite not being at his best and has scored over 200 runs. But, he is in desperate need of some support.
Even if a couple of batsmen out of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard fire, the equation for Mumbai will completely flip as their bowling, led by Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar, has been doing a fine job.
RR continue to lose overseas players
Rajasthan Royals, with two victories from five matches, are really reeling, particularly due to the effects of several of their overseas players being unavailable.
After injuries to Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye flew back to Australia due to personal reasons. RR currently have only four overseas players - Jos Buttler, David Miller, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman - all of whom are part of their playing XI.
Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was picked in place of Manan Vohra in the last match, did well. All the parts will have to work in unison for Rajasthan to get the better of Mumbai.
Who will win the toss? - MI
Who will win? - MI
Top Bat (Runs Scored) - Rohit Sharma (MI), Jos Buttler (RR)
Top Bowler (Wickets Taken) - Trent Boult (MI), Chris Morris (RR)
Most Sixes - Kieron Pollard (MI), Rahul Tewatia (RR)
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Mumbai Indians - Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
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