Mumbai Indians are the four-time defending champions of the Indian Premier League this season. They are currently placed at the top of the table. As for Rajasthan Royals, they had won the inaugural edition, back in 2008, as they are currently placed fifth.
The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to venture deeper, as defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) would be taking on former champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 20. It would be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Both the teams have had a mixed start to the season, so far. MI have managed to win three of the five matches, while RR have played four matches, winning and losing two each. They are placed on the top and the fifth spot, respectively.
Both teams have a squad that is evenly competitive. MI have a balanced squad, with their primary focus on the bowling, which is a bit heavy. As for RR, they have a completely balanced side and are equally competitive in all departments.
As said before, both the teams have had a mixed start to their campaign. While MI are on six points, RR have four in their bag. As for their last matches, MI registered a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), while RR succumbed to a loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
As of now, both the teams have met on 23 occasions, with both winning 11 times each, while a match was abandoned. In the IPL, both have played each other on 21 occasions, winning 10 each. The teams are yet to clash in the UAE.
Weather and pitch report
The temperature in Abu Dhabi is expected to be around 36 degrees, which would be hot, with humidity likely to be 53%. The pitch is expected to stay balanced, assisting both pacers and spinners. Although the teams should ideally bowl first, judging by the trend so far, batting first won't be a bad choice either.
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
RR: Jos Buttler, Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron.
Batsmen: Smith, Rohit, Yadav- Smith and Rohit can give the perfect start as openers, while Yadav can give stability to the middle-order.
Wicketkeepers: Samson, de Kock, Kishan- Samson and de Kock can consolidate the top-order, while Kishan can do the same in the middle.
All-rounders: Tewatia, Pollard (c)- Tewatia can come in handy in all departments, especially with his spin, while he could act as a finisher as well. Pollard can do the same as well, as he is our captain.
Bowlers: Archer, Pattinson, Boult (vc)- Despite the match being held in Abu Dhabi, it is likely to be a contest of pacers, as Archer, Pattinson and Boult, all have been in lethal form. Meanwhile, Boult's vibrant form makes him the vice-captain.
Players to watch out
Rohit: The opener is yet to score big in the tournament, as the entire MI would back him to do so in this tie.
Kishan: The wicketkeeper-batsman, who is improving with each passing game, is likely to once again glorify his batting with yet another flamboyant innings.
Pollard: The veteran all-rounder has been in a fine form this season, as he would look to continue his free-flowing class.
Tewatia: The all-rounder has been making headlines with the bat. However, it could be his bowling that could outshine everyone on Tuesday.
Last Updated 5, Oct 2020, 7:42 PM