|Match Date:||20th April, Saturday|
|Match Timing:||4:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||28,000|
|Match Venue:||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur|
The Match 36 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Rajasthan Royals welcome Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The Royals have lost 6 of their opening 8 matches. Although that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are out of the contention for the Playoff places yet, it does require them to win their remaining matches with the higher net run rate. Second-placed Mumbai Indians have no such worries and will be looking to further bolster a place in the top 4.
Here is the complete analysis of the Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians IPL match:
|Key Players in form||RR – Jos Buttler|
MI – Hardik Pandya
|Weather Conditions||33℃, 29% Humidity, Winds up to 10 km/hr. No rains.|
|Toss Advantage||The team batting first has won three of the five times last season at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. However, traditionally, the team chasing has won 26 out of the 40 games. Thus the winner of the toss should choose to bowl first.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, mostly Batting-Friendly. However, a hint of grass on the pitch might assist the pacers.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 158|
Highest Total (2018): 176/4 (CSK)
Last Match: RR 151/7 | 155/6 CSK
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 72 m, Down Boundary: 82 m, Back Boundary: 62 m|
|Injury Updates||RR – Ben Stokes is injured and may miss the weekend’s match.|
MI – Joseph Alzarri has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
|Home Advantage||Rajasthan Royals|
|Head-to-Head||RR 10 – 11 MI|
|Form||RR- L W L W L|
CSK- W W W L W
|Playing11||RR Playing11 :|
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron.
MI Playing11 :
Quinton de Kock (Wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
RR vs MI Dream11 Prediction 2019
Rajasthan Royals are on the edge. They have managed only 4 points from the opening eight matches and are in a grieve danger of missing out on the Playoffs. Not that it is highly difficult. After all last season, RR made it to the last 4 after winning only three of the first nine games. However, unlike 2018 where they won 4 of the last 5 outings, things are way different this time around.
Three of their top players this season – Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, and Ben Stokes have all been recalled by England in the view of the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup. Each of them has been the best performer in the respective department for Royals. Archer is their highest wicket-taker (10 wickets), Buttler, the highest run-scorer (311 runs) followed by Stokes (6 wickets and 104 runs).
Therefore, their untimely departure will leave a big, irreparable void in the line-up just when the team wanted to hit the Nitro-boosters.
This #RajasthanRoyals is built on the pillars of Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer. They need support. See the difference Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Gopal's performances made today
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 13, 2019
What exacerbates the situation is the dismal show by the domestic players (with notable the exception of Shreyas Gopal). Sanju Samson started the campaign on an impressive note. But injuries stunted his progress. Ajinkya Rahane, like his predecessor Rahul Dravid, looks like a talented Test-cricket player struggling to acclimatize to the fast nature of the game. Rahul Tripathi and Steven Smith have both failed to live up to their expectations.
Jaydev Unadkat has been a major let down in the bowling department. His dismal figures of 5 wickets at an economy rate of 11.00 just don’t justify the massive ₹ 8.2 crores that RR forked out for his services. Dhawal Kulkarni shares similar figures, albeit with a better economy. Given the circumstances, it will be nothing short of a miracle if RR make it to the top 4.
Mumbai Indian is the unchallenged favourites to win the match.
The Sawai Mansingh Stadium has a pitch with an average of around 150. Thus, choosing 3-4 batsmen would be a smart move. Hardik Pandya is a must have in the all-rounder department. Amongst bowlers, try to have a balance between spinners and pacers.
RR vs MI Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Jos Buttler, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer.
RR vs MI Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashton Turner, Rohit Sharma, Jos Buttler, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer.