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IPL 2021: RR vs MI – Match 51 : Preview, Playing XI, Pitch Report & Updates

Both teams need a win to stay alive in the tournament

Sanju Samson - Rohit Sharma
Sanju Samson - Rohit Sharma ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will battle it out in Match 51 of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The former displayed great dominance in their previous encounter against the MS Dhoni-led CSK. RR conceded 189 runs, and in what seemed to be a challenging chase, their batters made it look like a cakewalk. With a good start from the openers, followed by splendid innings from Shivam Dube, RR secured a win by seven wickets.

Mumbai, on the other hand, lost their previous encounter to Delhi Capitals (DC). The latter’s bowlers ran through MI’s batting lineup and restricted the side to a total of just 129 runs. The five-time champions tried to pull the momentum to their side by getting early wickets. However, DC chased down the total and won the match by four wickets.

The race to the playoffs is already heated up. Every game is a must-win for the teams and they will aim to put their ‘A’ game to the fore.

Pitch Report:

The pitch of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium has been a tad bit challenging for the batters. Spinners are expected to get some good assistance from this pitch. On winning the toss, chasing should be the way ahead.

Playing XI:

Rajasthan Royals 

Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c, wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Mayank Markande, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman

Mumbai Indians 

Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

Key Players:

Jasprit Bumrah

The speedster is one of the most important links to Mumbai’s chain. In the tournament so far, he has picked up 17 wickets. Bumrah is captain Rohit Sharma’s go-to man in crunch situations. The team currently finds itself in a spot of bother as they need to win both their remaining matches to make it to the top four. The pacer’s contribution will be crucial for the side.

Sanju Samson

Samson has been instrumental for Rajasthan. He has held the fort of the side on most occasions by chipping in important runs. The skipper has smashed 480 runs in the tournament so far at an average of 48.00. He will be determined to put up a spirited show for his team. 

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