Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021 is going to be played in Delhi. This promises to be an interesting match as the Rajasthan Royals are the only team to be able to dominate the Mumbai Indians in recent years. This season has been a bit haywire for both the teams involved so far. Mumbai Indians have lost three out of its five matches, the same is the case for the Rajasthan Royals as well. Rajasthan has also been hit by some injuries and the loss of some overseas players from its squad making things more difficult. Mumbai and Rajasthan will be hoping that the shift to Delhi brings about a shift in their fortunes as well.
Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
Mumbai Indians have struggled with their middle-order this season and that has been its biggest weakness. A shift to a better batting surface in Delhi could help things but spin always plays a part here as well. We have seen the Mumbai middle-order struggle against spin and so they will need to work hard to be successful. The strength has to be the quality of its bowling attack. It is the bowling attack that always keeps Mumbai in the game even when it has scored fewer runs than ideal.
Rajasthan Royals are struggling with player injuries and that is one of the biggest factors holding them back. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes were integral to their lineup and in their absence, the Rajasthan team is quite severely compromised. It has also struggled to get the runs needed from its other players. The strength is the quality of its young Indian players. Led by Sanju Samson, the Rajasthan Royals are able to compete and win thanks to the performances of some very talented Indian youngsters. That is always going to keep in the hunt in the long run.
Players in form
Suryakumar Yadav is the batsman in form for the Rajasthan Royals. He is batting with more fluency and ease than anyone else in the team. Similarly, the bowling form of Rahul Chahar marks him out as one of the leading Mumbai Indians players. He has been able to take wickets in spin-friendly conditions so far and will be tested now that the venue will shift.
Sanju Samson moved lower down the order to try and shepherd his team across the line and it worked in the previous match. he has one brilliant century to his name already and now needs to find some consistency to help Rajasthan win more games. The bowling form of Chetan Sakariya is also quite good and he does not shy away from bowling the tough overs.
Delhi will offer hot and clear weather to play cricket in. The pitch at the Arun Jaitley Stadium is generally good for batting but can slow down as the match progresses. Spinners always have something to work with when they play in Delhi.
- There have been 24 matches played between Mumbai and Rajasthan so far. Both teams have won 12 matches each and the rivalry between these two teams is often quite intense.
- Rajasthan is the only team that has dominated Mumbai in recent years. It has won five out of the last six matches that it has played against Mumbai.
- Sanju Samson has scored 485 runs against Mumbai, the most for any batsman that is playing this contest.
Rajasthan has never been the favorite when it has played against Mumbai in recent years but that has not stopped it from winning five out of the last six matches. With the current form of Mumbai not at its best, this could be a great opportunity for Rajasthan to continue its winning run. Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021 could go the way of the underdogs.
Winner: Rajasthan Royals (2.35)