Cricket match date: 13th April 2019
Cricket match time: 04:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: MI
Team B: RR
Team A Captain: Rohit Sharma
Team B Captain: Ajinkya Rahane
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Cricket Match Preview:
The misery continued for Rajasthan Royals (RR) as they received a big hammering against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their home game. They are living on a knife-edge now and with just nine cricket games remaining, they have to at least win seven of them to qualify for the playoff spot. Mumbai Indians (MI), on the other hand, are back and they are winning cricket games earlier than they have done in recent times. They are well placed at the fifth spot at this stage on the points table.
MI registered their best win of the tournament in the last cricket game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Defending a low score of 130 odd runs, they did it in a successful manner and got an unlikely victory against one of the favourites of the tournament. It sends out the signal to all the teams in the tournament that MI are alive and kicking.
RR had a tough night against KKR in their last cricket game. They looked shackled and despite Steve Smith’s 73 not out, they could not reach the par score on that pitch. They do not seem to be getting their batting lineup right and this has resulted in them not reaching the required score repeatedly.
Rahul Tripathi and Ben Stokes have not been used properly and Ajinkya Rahane has not been in top form at the top of the order. Their bowling has also been one of the most disappointing ones of this Indian Premier League (IPL). Their expensive buy Jaydev Unadkat is now out of the team and Ben Stokes has been expensive with the ball.
It is going to be a really important cricket game for Rajasthan as another loss could really push them back in the tournament. For Mumbai, it will be all about building on that winning momentum, which they have gained in their last two cricket games.
Cricket Match Information:
MI and RR will take on each other for the first time in this year’s IPL. As of now, MI have played five cricket games and won three games whereas, RR have played five cricket games and won one game. MI are placed at the fifth position while RR are placed at the seventh spot on the points table.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
MI are being led by Rohit Sharma this year as well. He has led Mumbai towards victory on three occasions and MI are looking in fine form yet again. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of MI’s playing XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Quinton de Kock
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Hardik Pandya
- Krunal Pandya
- Keiron Pollard
- Ishan Kishan
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Jason Behrendorff
- Alzarri Joseph
- Rahul Chahar
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
RR are being led by Ajinkya Rahane this year as well. They have only managed to win one cricket game in the tournament so far. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Sanju Samson and Jaydev Unadkat in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of RR’s playing XI:
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Jos Butler
- Ben Stokes
- Jofra Archer
- Krishnappa Gowtham
- Sanju Samson
- Rahul Tripathi
- Dhawal Kulkarni
- Shreyas Gopal
- Steve Smith
- Jaidev Unadkat
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Hardik Pandya has been a fantastic finisher for MI in this tournament. His hard-hitting knocks at the end of the innings have helped Mumbai win cricket games against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Our prediction is of another good knock from him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Wankhede Stadium is a fortress for MI which many teams, including the CSK, have found difficult to breach. The pitch is beautiful to bat on while the boundaries are short. Our prediction is of a score of around 190 for this cricket game. Conditions are expected to be hot and humid. There are chances of dew in the later stages of the cricket game.
MI will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They have the momentum now and with two back-to-back wins against tournament favourites like CSK and SRH, they will be hard to stop. Hence, our prediction is of MI’s victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Rohit Sharma (MI) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Jason Behrendorff (MI) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Hardik Pandya (MI)
Mumbai Indians – 1.60
Rajasthan Royals – 2.25
*odds may change anytime