IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians lock horns with Rajasthan in a high-octane clash

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Here comes the clash of the table toppers! The flamboyant Rajasthan Royals tours Mumbai to take on the home side, Mumbai Indians. With the victory being the main aim for both the sides, each team would hope for their big guns to blaze by all means. The loss may not rule the team out but will shrink their chances for playoffs.  All in all, a cracker of the night is at the store.

The defending champions, Mumbai Indians are living up to their tag. After watching themselves on the brink of elimination, they made stern warning by winning next three games in the trot. All of a sudden, they found themselves on the top half of the table by thumping down KKR in the successive games.

MI vs RR IPL 2018
Ben Stokes was sent to open the innings. (image source: circleofcricket.com via IANS)

Meanwhile, riding on Jos Buttler’s brilliance, Rajasthan Royals tastes a couple of sweet victories but when it comes to the game against Mumbai Indians, especially, at Wankhede, the whole team needs to step up for the occasion.

The big guns in the team Ben Stokes and Ajinkya Rahane need to up their game in order to get better off Mumbai Indians. Krishnappa Gowtham has been decent enough with the bat but the lack of reliable order is an area that needs an immediate attention. Stuart Binny and Prashant Chopra showed a glimpse of their capability but need to get into their best.

The form of Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan has been the major boost for the team while Hardik Pandya getting back to his own is an icing on the cake for defending champions. Krunal Pandya and Rohit Sharma too whacking it out at the right time for the home side.

The big guns like Evin Lewis and Ben Cutting are doing their job on their day while the bowling department pulled their socks up at the right time. Jasprit Bumrah found his nick at the right time while Mayank Markande is giving those crucial breakthroughs for the team.

For Rajasthan, apart from Jofra Archer, none of the bowlers are standing up for the cause. However, Jaydev Unadkat showed a glimpse of his own while Gowtham needs to maintain his lengths smartly. The addition of Ish Sodhi turned out to be a valuable one so far. He will get a tough line-up to showcase his calibre on Sunday night.

Match Details:

Toss Prediction: Rajasthan might win the toss and choose to bowl first.

Pitch Report: A little assistance for spinners but batsmen will have a great advantage.

Weather Report: Humidity would be the irritating sign but no Rain is in the forecast.

Match-winner prediction: Rajasthan Royals

Playing XI:

MI – Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wk), JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande

RR – Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi

Date & Time – 13th May 2018, 20:00 IST

Venue – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Live Telecast – Star Sports Network, Jio and Hotstar Premium Customers.