Mumbai Indians (MI) will look to snap their two-game losing run when they take on the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday. Mumbai Indians ended their Chennai leg on a losing note, with the Punjab Kings comprehensively beating the defending champions. Only Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav got going against PBKS, with another middle-order collapse seeing Mumbai crawl to 131/6.
Despite the MI bowlers’ best efforts, Punjab smartly went about the chase and won the game with six wickets and more than two overs to spare. Mumbai have won just two out of their first five games and they will hope to put together a consistent run in Delhi. While MI have lost two in a row, RR broke a similar run following their win over the Kolkata Knight Riders. Chris Morris, the IPL’s most expensive-ever player, had his best outing with the ball, with his four-wicket-haul restricting KKR to just 133/9.
RR skipper Sanju Samson returned to form with an unbeaten 42, as Rajasthan won their first match in three attempts. Although MI has been the most successful franchise in the IPL, RR has a favorable head-to-head record in recent years. Rajasthan has lost just once to Mumbai in the last three years, with the overall tally being 11 wins apiece.
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Match – Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals – 24th match
Venue – Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi
Time – 3:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in New Delhi has been a sporting one thus far. The average score indicates that bowlers and batters are going to have their say in equal proportion. But the game will be played under natural lights.
Hence, the spinners are expected to come into the picture a bit more. Batting might be a tad easier in the second half. The conditions will be hot with a temperature around 41 degrees Celsius.
Avg first innings score: 163 (7 T20 matches at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in IPL 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2, Tied – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Bench: Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, James Neesham, Arjun Tendulkar, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Aditya Tare, Jayant Yadav, Yudhvir Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Chris Lynn, Marco Jansen, Adam Milne
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C & WK), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Bench: Liam Livingstone, Manan Vohra, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Andrew Tye, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, Jofra Archer, KC Cariappa, Mayank Markande, Kuldip Yadav, Kartik Tyagi
Played – 25 | Mumbai Indians– 12 | Rajasthan Royals– 12 |N/R – 1
At neutral venues
Played – 10 | Mumbai Indians – 6 | Rajasthan Royals – 3 |N/R – 1
The probable best batsman of the match
Sanju Samson– Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samson showed a lot of maturity in the game against the Knights as he stayed unbeaten on 42 off 41 balls. In the ongoing tournament, the RR skipper has scored 187 runs at an average and strike rate of 46.75 and 143.84 respectively.
Against MI, the youngster has decent numbers as well. In 16 matches, he has racked up 446 runs with five half-centuries at a decent strike rate of 140.25.
Jasprit Bumrah– Mumbai Indians
In the current edition of the IPL, Jasprit Bumrah has bowled at an economy of 6.36, but he has only gotten four wickets to show for his efforts. He hasn’t been able to make the breakthroughs MI expected him to.
However, against the Royals, the speedster has been a genuine wicket-taker. In 30 overs, he has 11 wickets to his name with one four-wicket haul. He also has an economic rate of 7.23.
MI vs RR Top Picks for Dream11 Prediction And Fantasy Cricket Tips:
Rohit Sharma is the leading run-scorer for his team and has scored 201 runs by far in the season and will a safe pick for captaincy in this match once again considering the surface.
Surya Kumar Yadav has scored 154 runs in the 5 innings he played so far and will be eyeing to pile up a big inning to his name once again in this encounter.
Chris Morris has shown brilliant all-round performances in the tournament, especially with the ball, and has picked 9 wickets so far. He will be another safe multiplier choice for this match.
Rahul Chahar has picked 9 wickets by far in the season and is currently the 3rd highest wicket-taker in the tournament. He is capable of picking multiple wickets at crucial intervals.
Sanju Samson has scored 187 runs in the 5 innings he played by far and being the captain of the team, he must be looking to contribute to the team’s cause once again.
Yashasvi Jaiswal has played only one game this season but looked confident in that game and he must be looking to play a decent knock in the upcoming game.
MI vs RR VIVO IPL 2021 Match 24 Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:
Captain – Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav
Vice-Captain – Chris Morris, Sanju Samson
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for MI vs RR VIVO IPL 2021 Dream11 Team:
Keeper – Sanju Samson, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan
Batsmen – Rohit Sharma (C), Surya Kumar Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal
All-rounder – Chris Morris (VC)
Bowlers – Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for MI vs RR VIVO IPL 2021 Dream11 Team:
Keepers – Sanju Samson (VC), Ishan Kishan
Batsmen – Surya Kumar Yadav (C), David Miller, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma
All-rounder – Chris Morris
Bowlers – Jaydev Unadkat, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman
MI vs RR VIVO IPL 2021 Match 24 Expert Prediction:
Kieron Pollard and David Miller may be picked in the first team for Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock. Rahul Chahar can be tried as a vice-captaincy pick in one of the teams.
MI vs RR VIVO IPL 2021 Match 24 Probable Winners:
Mumbai Indians (MI) are the probable winners of this clash.