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The first match of the midweek double-header will be contested between Mumbai and Rajasthan in Delhi.


Both teams have registered the same number of wins in this edition but Rajasthan have played a game less
than Mumbai. The Pink team ended its 2-match losing run with a thumping performance against Kolkata. It was a clinical bowling show by them to restrict the powerhouse of Kolkata’s batting and then the sensible head of Sanju Samson steered them over the line. The three left-arm seamers are having a great impact for them with the ball and Chris Morris has also settled into his all-rounder role quite effectively. Their batting remains to be the weak link but things have started to improve with Yashasvi Jaiswal opening and Shivam
Dube contributing more consistently. Their squad has got depleted in terms of foreign resources as they are now left with only four overseas players. The loan transfer.window is open now and the Pink team would be adding the players to the cart.

Against them are Mumbai who are currently following a 2-match losing streak. The defending champions are dealing with the sorry form of their middle order and that has been costing them. They are known for their power-hitting at the death but even that’s lacking and overall, it’s a sad state of affairs. The likes of Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya would have to strike form to revive their fortunes. Their bowling has been the main strength so far in this edition, winning them the two games, and apart from the last match, they have troubled all the opposition batsmen. It’s hard to pick a favourite for this match but due to a more balanced and settled team, Mumbai hold the edge. Having said that, Rajasthan have beaten Rohit’s team four times in the last five meetings. S0, play your cards smartly.


When: Thursday, April 29, 2021, 3:30 PM IST.


Where: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals, Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi.


What to expect: Jaydev Unadkat, the Royals pacer, believes the pitch is likely to be flat in the first few games at the venue. However, with the match being an afternoon affair, and dew unlikely to play a part, teams could opt to bat. Heat is also going to play a part with temperature likely to hover around the 40-degree Celcius mark through the course of play.

Head-to-head : These teams played 25 matches in total. MI won 12 & RR won 12.
1 match was ended in no result.

Probable Playing 11s :

RAJASTHAN ROYALS : Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c/wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal/ Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya.

MUMBAI INDIANS : Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.