Rajasthan Royals will take on Mumbai Indians in a do-or-die Indian Premier League match at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Royals who started their campaign in the tournament with two back-to-back wins lost the momentum and suffered a loss in seven out of their next nine matches. They are currently at the seventh position in the points table and will have to win all the games to stay alive in the tournament.
Steve Smith’s men look very strong on paper with some of the best players in their squad. However, they have failed to click as a unit which is responsible for their dismal situation in the tournament. The biggest headache for Royals remains the form of their skipper Steve Smith who is not able to find himself among the runs. Despite the likes of Stokes, Samson and Butler in their line-up, the squad has failed to perform collectively.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will be high as they will be going into the game on the back of a comprehensive victory over Chennai Super Kings in the last match. The table toppers would to like to gain two more points from today’s game in order to keep a stronghold on the No 1 position. Only concern for them will be their captain Rohit Sharma’s injury. It is not yet clear whether Sharma would be available tor today’s game or not. In Sharma’s absence, Pollard will have to hold the fort for the team.
Take a look at the squads!
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (C), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, David Miller, Aniruddha Joshi, Manan Vohra, Tom Curran, Andrew Tye, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh.
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (w), Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, James Pattinson, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Chris Lynn, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai.
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 7:30 PM IST