Mumbai look to continue resurgence run against upbeat Royals: Match Preview
Having broken into the top four for the first time this season, the Mumbai Indians (MI) will be looking to continue their late resurgence as they take on high in confidence Rajasthan Royals (RR). With both teams battling out for the playoffs spot, each match is a do or die game for them even though permutations working in favor of them could always mean otherwise.
May 13, 2018
20:00 hours IST
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Mumbai have set a trend of being poor early season starters and becoming invincible as the tournament nears its end. With the Royals having a fragile middle order, Mumbai could well focus on getting Jos Buttler out. Buttler has been the key man behind the recent success of the Royals and going by the law of averages, he is due a failure.
The good thing for Mumbai is the fact that they don’t have to over rely on any player unlike Rajasthan. Hardik Pandya has reinvented himself over the last few games and his bowling has been vital for the late resurgence of Mumbai while Suryakumar Yadav’s breakthrough season continues to get better.
Ishan Kishan went absolutely berserk against Kolkata and the Royals will need someone from their middle order to stand up and contribute in the manner that he and Rohit Sharma have done for Mumbai. They might just take another gamble and promote Krishnappa Gowtham to number four to ensure the free flow of runs does not get disrupted once one of the power houses get out.
For Mumbai the key bowlers would be Krunal Pandya and Mayank Markande if they are to contain someone like a Jos Buttler, who likes pace on the ball. Big matches call for experienced players to step up and one such player who has the experience but has disappointed time and again is Stuart Binny. The Royals have shown a lot of faith in having him in their squad over quite a few seasons now and it is high time he delivers with at least one of the aspects of his game.
Expect an unchanged XI from Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians - Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Krunal Pandya, JP Duminy, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande
Dhawal Kulkarni could come in for Ankit Sharma.
Rajasthan Royals – Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
- Since 2014, the Mumbai Indians have won 15 and lost 21 of the matches they have played in the month of April (win percentage – 41.66). In May, they have won 26 and lost 11 (win percentage 70.25)
- Jos Buttler’s 50 in the last game made him just the third player to make four or more consecutive scores of 50 plus in the IPL. Virender Sehwag heads the list with five scores of 50 plus in 2012 while Virat Kohli made four back in 2016
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