IPL 2018: Ishan Kishan Likely to be Fit for Rajasthan Royals Tie
Ishan Kishan is likely to be fit and keep wickets for Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday (April 22).
He suffered an injury when a throw from Hardik Pandya hit him in his face during the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The wicket-keeper fell and was in deep pain. After a few minutes, he got up, and straightaway left the field.
The area on the face where the ball hit swelled, and it also raised doubts about whether Ishan will participate in the tie or not.
However, he seems to be fit now and will take the field on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians are not expected to make any changes in the playing XI as, despite a poor start, the team won their last game by 46 runs.
Umesh Yadav, the RCB bowler, who took two wickets in two balls of the first over, with Ishan being one of the batsmen. However, skipper Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis snatched the advantage and shared 109 runs for third wickets.
Rohit continued to bat till the penultimate delivery and riding on his innings of 94, Mumbai Indians posted a huge total of 213 on the board.
Virat Kohli’s lone effort of 92* was not enough for RCB, and they lost the tie by 46 runs. Mumbai Indians will look to continue the winning momentum to get a place in the top four.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals will be hoping for a win, as they have three losses from five games now. They lost their previous tie against Chennai Super Kings in an away game. Ajinkya Rahane might be forced to make some changes in the playing XI.
The idea to play all-rounder Stuart Binny did not work, as he leaked 33 runs in two overs and he might find himself on the bench. Other than this, Rajasthan Royals might also make a change in the batting order.
Rahul Tripathi, who has been forced to bat in the middle order, might open the innings tomorrow (Sunday) after the team failing to get a good start in all the games.
The match will be played at the home ground of Rajasthan Royals i.e. Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.