Man of the Match: Steven Smith
Can the Royals keep their hopes for qualification alive against Mumbai?
Our prediction is Mumbai Indians will win the match!
IPL 2019 has crossed the halfway mark in the league stages and statistically all teams are still in contention for qualification. But few teams are left a long way behind in the race for play-offs. Rajasthan Royals are currently stuttering in the seventh position and they need win almost all their matches from now on to keep themselves in contention for playoffs. Jos Buttler has been their best batsmen and has scored 3 fifties so far at a excellent strike rate of over 150.
Other batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi and Steve Smith have struggled to score freely and they are scoring runs at lesser strike rate. Sanju Samson has been a pale shadow of himself after that lone century early in the tournament. Jofra Archer has been their star performer with the ball this season. Shreyas Gopal too had contributed with vital spells in the middle overs and some lusty blows towards the end of the innings. Other bowlers have not made any impact in the tournament and are leaking runs at a high rate.
Mumbai Indians are sitting pretty at the second position and are looking better to qualify for knockouts. Quinton de Kock has been in sublime form and he is well supported by Skipper Rohit Sharma. Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal pandya are playing some vital knocks in the middle overs to set the team for a grand finish. Hardik Pandya`s hitting has been their biggest X-factor this season and he is making runs at a strike rate of over 190 at the death overs this season.
Jasprit Bumrah is looking threatening every time he comes into bowl and is the best death bowler in the tournament so far. Rahul Chahar is improving with every match and is a wicket taking bowler. Lasith Malinga and Pandya brothers are trying to give the much needed to support to the bowling unit but they are giving away few easy runs.
Rahul Tripathi – Tripathi returned to the opening slot and scored a scratchy fifty off 47 balls. He needs to score more runs in the powerplay and induce more firepower to the batting at the top. He must improve his strike rate to help his team`s cause.
Jofra Archer – Archer has been at his best in bowling this season and his raw pace and variations are troubling even the best of the batsmen. He is amongst the top wicket takers this season.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Jos Buttler (wk), Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes/Ashton Turner, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi
Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, STR Binny, JD Unadkat, Jofra Chioke Archer, SV Samson, AJ Turner, DS Kulkarni, S Gopal, Riyan Parag
Hardik Pandya – Pandya has came at the death and boosted the team`s total in many matches this year. He scored 32 off just 15 balls last match in the end to take mI`s total to 168 runs. These runs may become very vital in the end.
Rahul Chahar – Chahar bowled excellently last match with match figures of 4-0-17-3 and he also bowled three overs in the power play with field restrictions. His leggies are making a biug impact in Mumbai's bowling this season.
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, JJ Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav
Jaipur pitch is on the slower side this season and batsmen are finding it tough to time the ball. The spinners may enjoy bowling in this pitch more than the seamers. The average score in this pitch is around 150-160 runs. The pitch might slow down as the match progresses. Jaipur will have sunny weather with very less chances of rain.
Mumbai Indians are on a roll and they have spinners who can take advantage of slower track whereas Rajasthan Royals are low on confidence and Gopal has been the lone spinner who is looking good. So we expect Mumbai Indians to win the match.
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