RR vs MI IPL 2021 Preview: 5th Oct - In the same boat, Mumbai and Rajasthan can't afford a slip up
Both Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals remain in contention for the playoffs but by the skin of their teeth.
Momentum on RR's side
A defeat in this match will all but rule out the franchise from the top four race. The momentum is with Rajasthan Royals who are coming off a terrific seven wicket victory against Chennai Super Kings, chasing 190 - the highest total in the UAE leg of the IPL.
In fact, their openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis smoked the Chennai bowlers to all parts of the park. Jaiswal brought up his half century off just 19 deliveries as the team smashed 81 runs within the first 6 overs - the highest powerplay score of the season.
Incoming Dube fires
It was a much needed victory for Rajasthan as the team made wholesale changes before the match. Had they failed to shine despite the change in personnel, Rajasthan's hopes of a playoff qualification would have been crushed.
The incoming players Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, Akash Singh and Mayank Markande all did a decent job. Dube was almost flawless, smashing 64 off 42 deliveries as he remained unbeaten to take Royals to victory with 15 balls to spare.
It was a clear sign that the team management was placing their trust in Dube as he was sent ahead of Glenn Phillips and David Miller in the batting lineup. The all-rounder did not disappoint.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians are terribly out of form and while it is never a sensible option to write off a team of their class, they will have to do something extraordinary to advance in the competition.
While their bowling is still doing a fine job with the likes of Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah and Nathan Coulter-Nile capable of troubling any batting order, their batters have failed to fire.
MI have to go fearless
Mumbai brought in Jayant Yadav in place of Rahul Chahar due to the left hand match-up against Delhi Capitals. The leg spinner who is part of the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup is set to return to the playing XI against Rajasthan.
The Mumbai batters Pandya, Pollard and company will need to play their trademark fearless brand of cricket to have the best chance of remaining alive in the competition.
Predicted playing XIs
Mumbai Indians - Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Rajasthan Royals - Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Mayank Markande, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
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