IPL 2019 – Match 27: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals – MI Predicted Playing XI
Some big decisions to be taken by MI management?
Updated - Apr 12, 2019 11:27 am
The Mumbai Indians (MI) have been on a role in their last two matches. While they defended a small total against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the team chased down a mammoth target against Kings XI Punjab. In six games thus far, they have won four and started off the tournament on a positive note.
The team will host the Rajasthan Royals (RR) for next duel. With the ‘Men in Pink’ not performing so well in the tournament, MI will fancy the chances to win the match. Keeping the injuries and form of the players in mind, the home team could make a few big changes to their eleven.
Here is the Predicted Playing XI for the Mumbai Indians (MI):
Openers (Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis)
Rohit Sharma is likely to come back into the MI eleven. The 31-year-old missed an IPL game for the first time since 2009 and has played 133 consecutive games for MI before he sat out. Sharma will open the innings for the team but is likely to have a new partner for this match.
Quinton de Kock hasn’t done much thus far in the tournament. Except for a 60 that he got some time back, he has thrown his starts away more often than not. Thus, it makes a very good case for Mumbai to try out Evin Lewis in the next game. Lewis has done decently well in the last season and will be eager for his opportunity. Siddhesh Lad might continue in the eleven if Rohit doesn’t find himself fit in time.
Middle Order (Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk))
Suryakumar Yadav knows the Wankhede very well. The right-hander has played a lot at this venue and this is his home ground as well. Some of his best performances in the IPL came here and the right-hander will be eager to do well in the next game. Yadav has been getting off to starts but hasn’t been able to convert them into big scores like he did last year.
Ishan Kishan will get another opportunity in the eleven. The left-hander was run out in both the previous two games and has to be careful with that aspect of his game. He will also need to don the gloves in this match if MI decide to bench Quinton de Kock.
All Rounders (Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya)
Kieron Pollard was destructive against the Kings XI Punjab. The Caribbean cricketer playing that way was a treat to watch and it’s been a while since he’s played that way in the IPL. If he carries this form forward, Mumbai will be quite a force to reckon with. After that knock, he might bat up the order as well.
The Pandya brothers, as usual, are doing a fabulous job for the team. They add a terrific balance and stability to the side. Hardik didn’t have a great outing against KXIP and leaked a lot of runs. He didn’t click with the bat either and similar with Krunal as well. They will hope to put up a better show this time around.
Bowlers (Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah)
Rahul Chahar has been bowling well. Despite being a leg-spinner, he somehow managed to keep Chris Gayle quite on most occasions when the left-hander was trying to go big. Alzarri Joseph might keep Lasith Malinga waiting on the sidelines. He wasn’t given the chance to bowl at the death in the last game.
In his two overs, he conceded 22 runs. But he won his team the game with the bat by hitting some crucial runs towards the end. Jason Behrendorff’s position is in a fix and he needs to be performing at a consistent rate. Jasprit Bumrah will continue to feature in the side.