Rajasthan Royals (RR) started their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 campaign with a couple of resounding wins in Sharjah. However, Steve Smith and Co have gone into a mini-slump, losing their last two games and being placed in the middle of the points table.
In their previous contest, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) thumped them by eight wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Now in Abu Dhabi itself, the Royals would be facing the Mumbai Indians (MI) on Tuesday, October 6. Mumbai, on the other hand, are sitting pretty on top of the points table with three wins from five matches.
Rohit Sharma’s men also have the best net run rate of +1.214. Moreover, the defending champs know the conditions at the venue like the back of their hand, winning their last two games.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been a sporting one. The venue has seen a number of big shots, but the bowlers have also come to the party. Teams, batting first and batting second have tasted equal success. The conditions will be on the hotter side with the temperature around the 33 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will be in the high-50s. Dew is also most likely to play a part.
Playing Combinations for MI vs RR
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa/Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat/Kartik Tyagi
Probable Top Performers for MI vs RR
Quinton de Kock– Mumbai Indians
Quinton de Kock came back to form with a sparkling half-century against the Sunrisers. His numbers against the Royals are also decent enough. In four games, the left-handed batsman has 214 runs at an average and strike-rate of 53.50 and 141.72. That he has managed two fifties shows the consistency he has shown. The South African cricketer remains as a vital cog in Mumbai’s setup.
Jos Buttler– Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler hasn’t had the best of tournaments thus far despite showing promise. But bearing in mind his talent, he is expected to score runs soon. Against Mumbai, Buttler has played only three matches, but his numbers are incredible. He has 189 runs at an average and strike-rate of 94.50 and 181.73 respectively. He also has a couple of half-centuries to go with a top score of an unbeaten 94.
MI vs RR Head to Head
Played- 23 | MI won- 11 | RR won- 11 | N/R- 1
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 1 | MI won- 0 | RR won- 1 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 167 (6 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 3 | Lost- 3
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
The prediction is for Mumbai Indians to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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