As the weekend starts, IPL 2019 will witness another day of doubleheaders on April 20 with Rajasthan Royals taking on Mumbai Indians first up in the afternoon. At night, Delhi Capitals will host Kings XI Punjab. The 36th match and first of the day between Rajasthan and Mumbai will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The match will begin at 4:00 PM IST.
Mumbai Indians had recently squared off against Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium. After putting on 187 runs on the boards, Mumbai failed to defend it and lost the match by four wickets. That was only one of three losses in the season for Mumbai. They have won six out of their nine matches and are currently on the second position in the points table. They are coming into this match after a victory by 40 runs against Delhi Capitals.
Rajasthan Royals, on another hand, are in a desperate situation looking for a win. They have won only two out of their eight matches so far in this tournament. They are lying at the seventh position on the points table and would like to try and keep themselves alive in the race of the qualifications to the playoffs.
RR vs MI Squads
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Oshane Thomas, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun
Mumbai Indians: Yuvraj Singh, Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Barinder Sran, Siddhesh Lad, Jasprit Bumrah, Pankaj Jaiswal, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, Alzarri Joseph, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Mayank Markande, Rasikh Salam
RR vs MI Team News
1. Ben Stokes has now missed two back to back matches due to an injury and is unlikely to start in the XI on Saturday.
2. Ish Sodhi and Ashton Turner had got their first respective chances in this year’s IPL in the previous match, but only Turner might feature in this match.
3. Steve Smith could come back in place of Ish Sodhi, after being dropped in the previous match.
Predicted 11: Jos Butler, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Sanju Samson (WK), Rahul Tripathi, Steve Smith, Ashton Turner, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Jaydev Unadkat
1. Ishan Kishan had missed out the previous match due to sickness making way for Jayant Yadav while Ben Cutting came in place of Jason Behrendorff.
2. If Ishan is fit, we might directly slot in back in the XI in place of Yadav while Cutting could remain unchanged.
3. Rest of side won’t see any changes.
Predicted 11: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya
RR vs MI Pitch Report
The pitch is likely to slow and could well assist the spinners. Bowlers with variations of slowers deliveries will benefit from the slowness of the surface. The team winning the toss will prefer chase a total keeping in mind the uncertainty of the pitch.
Jos Butler had recently scored a 42 ball 87 against Mumbai, so he is definitely is a good choice. He has scored fairly same runs as de Kock but with a better strike rate. He could be a good choice for the captain.
Rohit Sharma has looked in good touch throughout the tournament but hasn’t scored a big, maybe Jaipur could be the place where the hit-man finally gets a big knock. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson have been key contributors for the Rajasthan side in this tournament so far.
Hardik Pandya has been in some sublime form with the bat. He has scored 218 runs at a strike rate of 195. His brother Krunal looked in good form with the bat and the ball in the previous match. Stuart Binny has played only one match so far but he made an impact in that match with 33 from just 11 balls.
Jofra Archer has picked up 10 wickets in this tournament for Rajasthan Royals and he is their leading wicket-taker. Lasith Malinga has picked up eight wickets in just five matches while Jasprit Bumrah has picked 10 wickets from nine matches. Rahul Chahar has been impressive with six wickets to his name this season.