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|Quinton de Kock||6||4||0||1||150.00|
|Jofra Chioke Archer||4.0||0||31||2||7.75|
Mumbai Indians continued to assert their dominance in IPL 2020 as they registered a clinical win over their arch-rivals, Chennai Super Kings. Thanks to their terrific net run-rate, Mumbai Indians rose to the top of the table and will be looking to extend their stay there with a few more wins in the matches to follow.
Up next in the tournament are Mumbai Indians set to take on Rajasthan Royals, who will be desperate for a win as well. Just as was the case for CSK before Friday's match, the Royals' campaign hinges on the result of this upcoming match. Although for different reasons, both sides would want to grab the two important points by winning the upcoming match. They both are likely to come hard at each other in this upcoming match, which is to be played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Sunday, 25th October 2020.
Rajasthan Royals got off to the best possible start to the tournament but weren't able to use that start to their advantage. After winning both of their first two matches, the Royals subsequently lost seven out of their next nine matches and now find themselves in a do-or-die situation. They are placed at the seventh position on the points table and need to win all their remaining matches to have a shot at the qualification for the next round.
It's not that the Royals lack match-winning options. In fact, they have some of the best white-ball players in the world available at their disposal. However, the Royals haven't really managed to get the best out of even one of them. They have frequently chopped and changed their playing eleven. Not only that, they have tinkered with their batting order so frequently that none of their batsmen appears to be sure of his role yet.
We have seen plenty of moments of brilliance from the Royals camp, but we are yet to see a complete team performance from them. Ben Stokes hasn't really adapted to the new role at the top of the order and that was evident from the last innings that he played. While Jos Buttler has done reasonably well in the middle-order, he has looked far from his best. The only move that seems to have worked for them is sending Robin Uthappa at the top of the order. On paper, the Royals have a terrific batting unit that goes pretty deep with Jofra Archer available to bat at number eight. They have world-class players available right through their lineup and should not be discounted, even despite the kind of tournament they've had.
In the previous match, the over-reliance of Rajasthan Royals on Jofra Archer to pick wickets was well and truly apparent. Rajasthan Royals sit amongst the lowest-ranked teams in the tournament when it comes to picking up wickets in middle-overs. While Kartik Tyagi has impressed with the ball, he lacks control and is prone to crumble under pressure as we saw in the previous match. Gopal and Tewatia are both pretty good exponents of spin bowling but have more often been employed to contain runs rather than to pick wickets.
Even though the Royals' bowling appears to be slightly weak, it still has enough potency in it to challenge even the best of the players. They have made some tactical blunders in the tournament so far and rotating the bowlers well could bring about excellent results for the Royals. They have a decent team on paper, which just hasn't turned up in most of the matches. They've either been too aggressive or too cautious in their approach and that has been the major cause of the position they are in. Having said that, they have a terrific team on paper, and beating them on their day could prove to be rather difficult.
RV Uthappa, BA Stokes, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Riyan Parag, R Tewatia, Jofra Archer, S Gopal, AS Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi.
The highlight of Friday's game for Mumbai Indians was not that they won, but the manner in which they won and the fact that their win came without Rohit Sharma available to lead them. The extent of Rohit Sharma's injury is still unknown and given the position Mumbai Indians are in, we might well see Kieron Pollard walk out to the toss in the upcoming match as well.
Thanks to the massive wins and narrow losses, Mumbai Indians have a towering net run-rate of 1.448, which is best amongst all teams in the tournament. They are at the top of the table only because of their superior net run-rate and a loss here for MI will open up opportunities for the other two teams, who are breathing down Mumbai Indians' neck.
There's hardly anything that Mumbai Indians have done wrong in the tournament gone so far. Ever since their loss against CSK in the opening match of the tournament, Mumbai Indians have looked at their brutal best and the only two losses that came thereafter came in the super-overs. Even without Rohit Sharma, MI's batting looks pretty settled. Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock smashed Chennai Super Kings' bowlers all around the park to extend their good run in the tournament. With the likes of Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and Krunal Pandya, Mumbai Indians have a terrific lower middle-order, which has already proved its worth so often in the tournament.
To complement the terrific batting unit that Mumbai Indians have, they have a world-class bowling attack. While the fact that Mumbai Indians have played five of their six matches at the surface that supports quick-bowling has helped, Mumbai's bowling attack doesn't really take time to adapt to different conditions. An example of their adaptability was visible against Chennai Super Kings as they dismantled CSK to a subpar total on a surface that appeared to be a batting-beauty. Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, and Nathan Coulter Nile are all wicket-taking options and been in terrific form so far, both at the death and in the powerplays.
As is apparent from the points table, Mumbai Indians have played flawless cricket in the tournament so far. With a balanced batting unit and a lethal batting attack, they have all their bases covered, and given the form Mumbai Indians are in, getting past them will take an extraordinary effort from any team in the tournament.
Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, SA Yadav, SS Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, JJ Bumrah.
We have seen the teams batting second emerging triumphant more often than not in the recent matches. Much of that is due to the surface getting lively under lights. Dew too has had a massive impact in the last few matches and the same is likely to be the case yet again. The captain winning the toss is expected to field first.
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The surface here proved to be an excellent one to bat on when Kolkata Knight Riders took on Delhi Capitals in the last match here. What was of utmost importance in that match is to get set and then go for the big shots. Given the nature of the surface, which will be pretty slow, going after the bowling right from the outset is not going to be difficult. However, this may change in the second innings with dew making an impact. While setting a total here will not be easy, runs on the board could really grind the opposition just as KKR did against DC. With dew likely to assist the team batting second, the team batting first will want to put a total of at least 175 runs on the board.
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Albeit for different reasons, both sides are expected to come out all guns blazing in this upcoming encounter. While progressing to the next round is no longer a question for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals need to win this contest to stay in the hunt. Both sides have pretty good sides on paper, but going by the recent performances, Mumbai Indians certainly trump Rajasthan Royals. Also, Mumbai Indians have a much stable team, unlike Rajasthan Royals who have tinkered with their combination too often. For the reasons stated above, Mumbai Indians are firm favorites to emerge on top in the upcoming encounter.
Our Favorite Bets
Jasprit Bumrah - Total Wickets - Over 1.5, 1.83 @ Betway
Jasprit Bumrah proved to be wreaker-in-chief for Mumbai Indians as he removed two top-order batsmen of Chennai Super Kings in the previous match. He has justified his numero uno ranking in world cricket with a terrific performance in IPL thus far. He is second in the top wicket-takers list and have every chance to pick up at least two wickets against the fragile batting lineup of Rajasthan Royals.
Hardik Pandya - Total Runs - Under 17.5, 1.83 @ Betway
While Hardik Pandya is a decent batsman and can strike the ball a long way, he hasn't really had enough time to bat in the middle. Mumbai Indians have a terrific set of batsmen who are likely to bat ahead of Hardik Pandya. This bet certainly seems to be a lucrative option, more so if Mumbai Indians bat second.
Team to Bowl the Most Number of Extras In the Match - Rajasthan Royals, 1.83 @ Betway
Mumbai Indians have a more settled bowling lineup with class oozing right through. That has been apparent in the performance as well with Mumbai Indians having two bowlers in the list of top-wicket takers. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have a bit of inexperience in the attack and their bowlers might crumble under pressure. Therefore, the Royals are more likely to concede a higher number of runs through extras.
Total Runs - Match - Over 316.5, 2.035 @ 1xBet
The totals in the tournament have slowly tapered away from the traditional averages. However, that was not the case in the previous match here as KKR hammered 195 runs batting first. We expect the match to happen on a similar surface and both sides have some terrific players to take advantage of that. With 2x returns on offer, taking this punt certainly seems to be an excellent proposition.
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