Hardik Pandya - Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals: Match Preview

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IPL’s match number 27 will see Mumbai Indians face Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday.

Mumbai Indians are on a run of three consecutive victories. In their last game against Kings XI Punjab, they chased 198 on the very last ball of the innings.

Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, lost their last game against Chennai Super Kings on the very last ball of the game. Santner’s six on the very last ball gave Chennai victory at Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Form

Mumbai Indians – WLWWW

Mumbai has won four of their six games in the season so far. They have won their last three games and confidence seems to be high in the Mumbai camp. They needed a special performance from Kieron Pollard to win their last game against Kings XI Punjab. The West Indian scored 83 runs in 31 balls to help Mumbai get over the line.

Rajasthan Royals – LLWLL

Ajinkya Rahane’s Royals find themselves second bottom in the points table. They have won just one game so far, that win came against bottom side Royal Challengers Bangalore. But in their defence, they put up a good fight against Chennai Super Kings in their last game. A game they should have won going into the last ball, but Santner took it away from them.

Stadium

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Probable Line-ups

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis/Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendoff

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith/Ashton Turner, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham/Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat

Key Player

Hardik Pandya (MI)

Hardik Pandya will be a key player in the game against Rajasthan Royals. His death overs power hitting will be required to get Mumbai some extra runs on the board. He can play both spin and fast bowling well. His bowling will also test Rajasthan’s lower middle-order players who are suspectible to bouncers.

Jos Buttler (RR)

Buttler is one of the deadliest batsmen in the cricket world. On the pitch like Wankhede which is a good batting track, Buttler will hold the key for the visitors. How long he stays on the pitch will determine how many runs Rajasthan will put on board. He is Rajasthan’s most important batsmen.

Best Fantasy Team

Keeper – Buttler

Batsmen – Suryakumar, Samson, Smith, Rohit

All Rounder – Hardik, Krunal, Stokes

Bowler – Archer, Joseph, Kulkarni

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