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Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals IPL Match Preview and Predictions - Mumbai to eliminated Royals

Rippa Staff 12 May 2018
  • In 20 matches, MI have won 11 and lost 8, with 1 abandoned.
  • The last 6 matches between these sides have seen 4 MI wins and 2 RR wins.
  • At the Wankhede, MI have won 4 of the 5 matches against RR.
  • MI have won 2 and lost 3 at home this season.
  • RR have won 1 and lost 4 away from home this season.

After a virtuoso performance against Chennai Super Kings that brought them roaring into the playoff contention, Rajasthan Royals get ready for another knockout match – this time against fellow contenders Mumbai Indians.

This 47th match of the Indian Premier League will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday, May 13. 

Both sides have ten points from 11 matches and it is just the net run rate that differentiates the two sides. Another team in the mix along with these two is Kolkata Knight Riders, who also have the same number of points and the race between these three is promising to go down to the wire.

Match Preview


Mumbai were smashing winners in their last match against Kolkata, thrashing them by 102 runs. Ishan Kishan’s blitz (62 off 21 balls) was backed by an all-round performance by their bowlers to crush their opponents. This was, in fact, Mumbai’s fourth win in five games and gives them the required momentum for their playoff dash.

The batting excellence of Suryakumar Yadav (435 runs, SR 130.23) at the top of the order is driving Mumbai, together with consistent performances from Rohit Sharma, Kishan, and Ewin Lewis. With the ball, Hardik Pandya (16 wickets) continues to lead the attack that has all five of its main bowlers aggregating more than ten wickets.

Facing a do-or-die situation, the Royals sprung to life on the back of Jos Buttler’s heroics (95* off 60 balls) to lead his side to a thrilling four-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings. That, however, doesn’t change their situation that every match from now is a knockout for them.

Buttler’s promotion to the top (415 runs, SR 149.28) is working wonders for the Royals, although Sanju Samson (353 runs, SR 137.35) has faded a little. Bowling continues to hover around Jofra Archer (11 wickets), but with most of their bowlers leaking more than 7.5 runs per over, it is a worry for captain Ajinkya Rahane.

In the reverse fixture this season, in Jaipur, the Royals chased the target of 168 with Krishnappa Gowtham (33* off 11 balls) leading them to a thrilling three-wicket win in the final over.

History & Statistics


  • In 20 matches, MI have won 11 and lost 8, with 1 abandoned.
  • The last 6 matches between these sides have seen 4 MI wins and 2 RR wins.
  • At the Wankhede, MI have won 4 of the 5 matches against RR.
  • MI have won 2 and lost 3 at home this season.
  • RR have won 1 and lost 4 away from home this season.

Key Players


Hardik’s all-round brilliance (188 runs at SR 129.65, 16 wickets at ER 8.18) is driving their surge in the second half of the season. With every game a virtual knockout now, Mumbai need Hardik to keep firing.

Rajasthan are in the same bus of ‘win all’ and need their top stars to keep up the momentum. All eyes will be on Buttler and his ability to cement the batting gaps of his team.

Tips


Mumbai have a balanced side than their counterparts and should be good to win the match at odds of $1.62 (UBET).

Royals look better equipped to score the highest in the first six overs at odds of $2.10 (Ladbrokes).

Buttler’s form tempts us to back him to score a fifty, at odds of $3.25 (Ladbrokes).


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