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MI vs RR: Rohit or Smith, choose captain and vice-captain

Rajasthan Royals may need to rejig their Indian line-up slightly when they try to pull their IPL campaign out of the current rot against Mumbai Indians.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 7, 2020 8:45:07 am
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It’s another battle for supremacy in the IPL 2020 when super confident Mumbai Indians meet super talented Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Rajasthan Royals may need to rejig their Indian line-up slightly when they try to pull their IPL campaign out of the current rot against Mumbai.

Starting with a bang at Sharjah on a conducive batting surface, Royals have suddenly hit a slump on bigger grounds of Dubai and Abu Dhabi with their willow-wielders not looking half as menacing as they did during the first two games.

Rajasthan Royals Full Squad List | Mumbai Indians Full Squad List

Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have been solid in their last couple of games and are currently on top of the table by virtue of a better net run-rate compared to Delhi Capitals, also on six points. After a heart-breaking loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ‘Super Over’, the defending champions bounced back in style, defeating Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad by 48 and 34 runs respectively.

Probable XIs:

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal/Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith (c), Riyan Parag. Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron

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19:12 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI):

Jos Buttler(w), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot

19:10 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI):

Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

19:09 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Toss Update:

Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have opted to bat.

19:06 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Toss Update:

Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have opted to bat.

19:06 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Toss Update:

Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have opted to bat

19:06 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Toss Update:

Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have opted to bat

18:30 (IST)06 Oct 2020
MI vs RR | What are the predicted lineups for tonight?

Mumbai Indians Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

Rajasthan Royals Predicted XI: Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal/Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith (c), Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron

18:15 (IST)06 Oct 2020
MI vs RR | Less than an hour to go for toss!
18:00 (IST)06 Oct 2020
IPL 2020: 15 catches dropped so far, why?

RCB's Yuzvendra Chahal dropped Marcus Stoinis in the deep when the Aussie, playing on 30, was starting to rev up his engine for the slog overs. Chahal, a safe fielder on most days, had failed to hold on the high catch. Stoinis went on to score 53 and played a big role in Delhi Capitals reaching 197. But it wasn’t the first such fielding error at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in this IPL.

Even superior fielders like Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli have grassed relatively simple aerial catches. The total drop-count, by a conservative estimate, stands at 15 and those responsible for the slip-ups have been the best in the business. | READ MORE |

17:45 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Behind the scenes with Shane!
16:30 (IST)06 Oct 2020
MI vs RR | Who are the top performers?

Leading run-getters: Mumbai Indians: Ajinkya Rahane (409), Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (431)

Highest score in an innings: Mumbai Indians: Corey Anderson (95*), Rajasthan Royals: Yusuf Pathan (100)

Most wickets: Mumbai Indians: Dhawal Kulkarni (17), Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (13)

Best figures: Mumbai Indians: Munaf Patel (4/28), Rajasthan Royals: Sohail Tanvir (4/14)

Highest total: Mumbai Indians: 212/6, Rajasthan Royals: 208/7

15:50 (IST)06 Oct 2020
MI vs RR | What happened in the last encounter?

Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Batting first, Mumbai put up 161/5 after 20 overs, with Quinton de Kock scoring 65 off 47 balls. Rahul Chahar’s three-wicket haul for Mumbai went in vain as the host chased down the target with five balls to spare. Steve Smith hit an unbeaten 59, while Riyan Parag scored a quickfire 43.

15:00 (IST)06 Oct 2020
MI vs RR | Will Lomror be the wildcard again?

Playing his first game of the IPL 2020, Mahipal Lomror was RR’s top run-getter against RCB. The left-hander scored 47 off 39 balls, hitting a four and three sixes. He will be looking to score more and contribute to the team’s cause.

14:50 (IST)06 Oct 2020
MI vs RR | What's the predicted lineup for Rajasthan?

Rajasthan Royals Predicted XI: Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal/Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith (c), Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron

14:40 (IST)06 Oct 2020
MI vs RR | What's the predicted lineup for Mumbai?

Mumbai Indians Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

13:47 (IST)06 Oct 2020
All eyes on Rohit Sharma's bat?

MI skipper Rohit Sharma has scored 176 runs in 5 matches he has played so far. Thought Rohit's bat has shown its spark with 80-run knock against Kolkata Knight Riders, a lot is still expected from him by Mumbai fans. Let's hope for a bigger knock from the skipper.

12:43 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Here's what Ashwin says about his team
11:50 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Stats to watch out for today

  • Rohit Sharma needs 86 runs to complete 4000 IPL runs for MI.
  • Suryakumar Yadav is 2 sixes away from completing 50 IPL sixes.
  • Jos Buttler needs 67 runs to complete 1500 IPL runs. He also is 94 runs away from completing 1000 IPL runs for RR.
  • Sanju Samson needs 3 catches and 120 runs respectively to complete 50 IPL catches and 2500 IPL runs.

11:23 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Head-to-head

There is nothing to separate these two teams in terms of their head-to-head records. Both – MI and RR – have won 10 games against each other in the IPL and one of them will have a chance to go one up and here are the players who could impact the outcome of the game.

10:53 (IST)06 Oct 2020
RR look to be on track

RR registered two wins from as many games at the start of the tournament against KXIP and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). But they lost their last two games – against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), while setting up the total, and against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) while chasing the target.