The 20th match of the IPL 2020 will be played between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
MI have registered thumping victories in their last couple of matches – against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The biggest gain for them is the return in form of their opener, Quinton de Kock. Rohit Sharma is their leading scorer and has already registered two fifties in the tournament. Suryakumar Yadav needs a substantial knock at number 3. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard are the trump cards for MI in the middle order – no total is safe when the duo are at the crease. The West Indian has a strike rate of 208.97 in IPL 2020.
Trent Boult has been the pick of the MI bowlers so far – he has picked 8 wickets in the tournament. James Pattinson has also picked 7 wickets while being fairly restrictive with an economy rate of 8. Jasprit Bumrah had an indifferent start to the edition – although he has bowled the maximum number of dot balls in the competition he has also conceded a number of boundary balls – that explains his economy rate of 8.8.
The Royals started with a bang but have gone a bit out of steam since then. After two high octane wins against CSK and KXIP in high scoring encounters in Sharjah, they went down quite timidly to KKR in Dubai before another crushing loss at the hands of RCB at Abu Dhabi.
Sanju Samson played two breathtaking knocks at the smaller ground in Sharjah but was dismissed for single-digits in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It has been the exact story for the skipper, Steven Smith too. Jos Buttler has got starts in the last two matches but failed to convert them into a substantial inning. Robin Uthappa is a bit of a waste at number 4 and 5. He has just scored 33 runs in 4 innings. Maybe RR needs to push him to open with Smith and get Buttler as a finisher down the order.
Predicted Playing XI:
Rajasthan Royals: Riyan Parag, Robin Uthappa, Steven Smith, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Tewatia
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, James Pattinson