Mumbai Indians, who have won three consecutive wins by breaking their chain of defeats, will be against Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede Stadium on their way to move towards the IPL playoffs. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai team has made a comeback in winning form after losing several matches at the beginning of VIVO IPL 2018. Mumbai defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in two consecutive matches, his morale will increase significantly. For Mumbai, batsmen have not scored great runs except Ewin Lewis. Suryakumar Yadav, who is in excellent form and he has given a good start to Mumbai.
Captain Rohit scored 94 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore, but he has not been able to do justice with his talent since then. Mumbai’s middle order is not going great, although, in the last match, wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan’s innings will have given relief to coach Mahela Jayawardene. If Yadav, Rohit, Lewis, Ishan Kishan and JP Duminy are in the form, Mumbai will be difficult to stop. Ben Cutting and Hardik Pandya might have wrecked their batting.
After a good start, Mumbai team lost the rhythm, but to make the place in the playoff, they would have to perform like a unit. In bowling, leg-spinner Mayank Markande’s form is necessary to stop Jos Buttler and Company to curb it is essential. Mumbai won the title in 2015, after losing five out of the first six matches and winning the title. He will also expect to repeat the same performance this time too.
Opener Jos Buttler’s form for Rajasthan Royals might have been a trump card. Ajinkya Rahane, who is in poor form, will have to perform better. Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny and Rahul Tripathi also have to support Butler. Ben Stokes of England has not been able to meet the expectations, and this is the same as his expectations from Jaydev Unadkat.
Rajasthan Royals Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra/Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ankit Sharma/Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi.
Mumbai Indians Probable XI: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wk), JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande