After a week-long league fixture in the Indian Premier League, the weekend action is back with more mouth-watering ties. The doubleheader tomorrow will witness Mumbai Indians taking on Rajasthan Royals followed by another intriguing clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab. Mumbai Indians will look to make the most of their remaining home games while the visitors are still searching their second victory of the season.
Mumbai Indians made a sensational comeback in their previous encounter to clinch a win from the jaws of defeat. Kieron Pollard, the in-standing skipper, played an unbelievable knock of 83 from just 31 deliveries to take the Blue army over the line in the last over. Mumbai Indians would be eyeing to outplay the Rajasthan Royals heading into the upcoming clash at the Wankhede Stadium. Their bowling department needs to take responsibility as they have been poor this season. Apart from their death over woes, a quality spinner is what they lack in their starting lineup. Rohit Sharma is expected to return and lead his team from the front when they lock horns with the Royals.
On the contrary, the Rajasthan Royals is struggling to find their feet in this campaign. With back-to-back defeats in their last two outings, the visitors must be desperate to win as they wouldn’t want to leave it for too late in the tournament. Currently, Rajasthan Royals are languishing at the second-last spot in the points table with a sole victory in their six league games. Rahane & Co have played some excellent cricket, but unfortunately, the inexperienced side always tends to succumb under pressure. The Royals would be hoping to bounce back to winning ways when they collide with the Mumbai franchise.
Date: Saturday, 13 April 2019
Time: 4:00 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
League: Indian Premier League
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar
Venue Stats IPL
Total matches- 68
Matches won batting first- 35
Matches won bowling first- 33
Average 1st Inns scores- 165
Average 2nd Inns scores- 153
Highest total recorded- 235/1 (20 Ov) by RCB vs MI
Lowest total recorded- 67/10 (15.2 Ov) by KKR vs MI
Highest score chased- 195/3 (20 Ov) by DC vs MI
Lowest score defended- 135/6 (20 Ov) by DCG vs MI
- Rohit Sharma will return to the starting lineup for this match.
- Lasith Malinga has returned from Sri Lanka and might feature in the upcoming match.
- Jason Behrendorff could make way for Malinga
- Ashton Turner could be used in this match to strengthen their batting lineup.
- Steve Smith has been struggling to time the ball in this season.
Yuvraj Singh, Evin Lewis, Barinder Sran, Siddhesh Lad, Jasprit Bumrah, Pankaj Jaiswal, Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, Alzarri Joseph, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Mayank Markande, Rasikh Salam
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Oshane Thomas, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner Ish Sodhi
- Quinton de Kock
- Rohit Sharma
- Hardik Pandya
- Jos Butler
- Ben Stokes
- Shreyas Gopal
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (W), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah
Ajinkya Rahane(C), Jos Butler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith/ Ashton Turner, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, S Midhun/Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Gopal, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer