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13 May 2018 by TSZ

IPL 2018 – Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 13th May, 15:30 (UK)

Where? Wankhede Stadium

Weather? 30-33c maximum mostly sunny with 65% humidity

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/t20-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD All-time meetings: Mumbai Indians W8, Rajasthan Royals W7 NR1

THE TEAM NEWS

MUMBAI INDIANS

Coach: Mahela Jayawardene

Captain: Rohit Sharma

  • The resurgent Mumbai thrashed the Kolkata Knight Riders to momentarily climb into the to four. After one of their best batting performances for the year, the Mumbai bowlers produced a fantastic team effort to dismantle KKR for just 108.
  • Ishan Kishan produced some breath-taking shots on his way to a 17-ball half century. The teenage sensation was well supported by cameos from Yadav (36 from 32), Raina (36 from 31) and Ben Cutting (24 from 9) as their batting is starting to click.
  • Hard to see any changes for Mumbai who will be looking to field their best team once again and continue their winning run as they are arguably the form team, along with the Sunrisers, in the competition right now.

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Coach: Paddy Upton

Captain: Ajinkya Rahane

  • Rajasthan kept their play-off chances alive with a shock win over Chennai. After being set 177 for victory, Jos Buttler led the charge with a swashbuckling 95 from just 60 balls as Rajasthan chased the total down six wickets down.
  • Jos Buttler has now scored a half century in his last four matches and comfortably sits atop the runs scored ladder for Rajasthan and seventh overall with 415 runs with an average of 46.11.
  • It’s a wonder how long Rajasthan will persist with Ben Stokes, having only scored 185 runs and captured three wickets from 11 matches, it has been a horror year for Stokes who could be replaced by fellow overseas players in D’Arcy Short or experienced bowler Ben Laughlin.

THE PREDICTION

In the context of the season, this match is huge. Rajasthan have put themselves in a position to make a final assault on the top four whilst the same can be said for Mumbai who have completely turned their season around after a poor start. The last time these two teams met saw Rajasthan prevail thanks to some Jofra Archer heroics, however a lot of time has passed since then and Mumbai seem to have finally found their identity along with a settled line-up. Having won their last three matches and four of their last five, Mumabi have turned into a team who are hard to tip against and their confidence should see them topple the inconsistent Royals and see them back into the top four.

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