Mumbai Indians (MI) take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in what is being pitted as the ‘battle of the blues’. For Mumbai Indians, they would like to continue their momentum post earning their first victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane’s Royals will look for inspiration from somewhere to get their campaign back on track. Things have gone downhill for the Royals ever since Steve Smith had to sit out of IPL 2018.
Currently, RR and MI are at 6th and 7th in the points table respectively. Royals have played 5 and won 2, whereas Mumbai Indians have played 4 and won just one. It could be that Ben Stokes may sit out and Joffra Archer may get a look-in. That is because Stokes has not been in either a good bowling or batting form.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 22, 2018
For Mumbai Indians, it will be interesting to see if Ishan Kishan is fit to take the ground or not. The everyday inUth Fan poll suggests that it is 65:35 in favour of Mumbai Indians, which makes them clear favourites. But this is just an assumption and not the final result.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have won the toss and surprisingly, opted to bat first.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2018
The likely XIs
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 2 Heinrich Klaasen, 3 Sanju Samson, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Jos Buttler(wk), 6 Rahul Tripathi, 7 Dhawal Kulkarni, 8 K Gowtham, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Ben Laughlin
Mumbai Indians: 1 Suryakumar Yadav, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Rohit Sharma (capt), 4 Ishan Kishan (wk), 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Mitchell McClenaghan 9 Mayank Markande, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mustafizur Rahman