After having suffered back-t0-back defeats at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] and Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB, the Rajasthan Royals [RR] will be hoping to shrug off their indifferent form and return back to winning ways when they lock horns with defending champions, Mumbai Indians at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
One of the issues for RR thus far has been the make-up of their batting-order. The ploy to bat Robin Uthappa hasn’t worked thus far and the overdependence on their top-3 is quite evident. So, will Rajasthan Royals rejig their order by slotting Yashasvi Jaiswal at the top of the order followed by Steve Smith and Sanju Samson at 3 and 4?
Here’s a look at Rajasthan Royals predicted playing XI against Mumbai Indians-
Jos Buttler (WK)
The England swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman has flattered to deceive thus far in IPL 2020.
Jos Buttler has got off to starts in both his outings but has failed to convert them into a substantial knock, as he has done in the past. The Rajasthan Royals will hope that the champion white-ball batsman bucks the trend in the upcoming game against the Mumbai Indians.
With the experient of slotting Robin Uthappa in the middle-order not working, Rajasthan Royals should bring back Yashasvi Jaiswal back into the mix, with Steve Smith and Sanju Samson to 3 and 4 respectively.
Jaiswal has had just one outing in the IPL thus far and slotting him back at the top of the order, will not only give RR a left-right combination but it will also bolster their middle-order with the likes of Sanju Samson coming in at No.4, followed by Mahipal Lamror, Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia.
Steve Smith (C)
Steve Smith got off to a brilliant start to IPL 2020 courtesy back-to-back half-centuries but the last two games haven’t gone the way the RR skipper would have liked.
Batting at No.3 will allow Smith to anchor the innings.
After consecutive blistering knocks in Sharjah, Sanju Samson has endured back-to-back failures in the last two games.
Will the Kerala swashbuckler shrug off the past two failures and once again come up with a match-winning performance against MI? The Royals will certainly hope so.
Mahipal Lomror impressed in his maiden outing in IPL 2020 in the last game against RCB.
His 39-ball 47- an innings which included 1 four and three sixes- was instrumental in Rajasthan Royals recovering from the rut that they had found themselves following the loss of their first three wickets for 31.
Riyan Parag has been disappointing with both bat and ball in IPL 2020 thus far.
In the last game against RCB, Parag managed an 18-ball 16 before giving away 13 runs in the sole over that he bowled. Rajasthan Royals will hope that the all-rounder finds his mojo against the Mumbai Indians.
Rahul Tewatia once again had a decent outing with both bat and ball in the last match against RCB.
While he smashed a handy 12-ball 24- an innings which included three sixes- to help the Royals post 6-154 in 20 overs, the leg-spinner bowled an economical spell, where he gave away just 28 runs in his 4 overs.
The Royals would, however, hope that the spin-bowling all-rounder chips in with some wickets against MI.
Jofra Archer had another brilliant outing with both bat and ball against RCB.
Besides chipping in with a 10-ball 16, the fast bowler gave away just 18 runs and claimed a wicket of Devdutt Padikkal in his 4-over spell.
Tom Curran had a forgettable outing in the last game as he was smashed for 40 runs in 3.1 overs.
With Ben Stokes set to make a comeback to the Rajasthan Royals playing 11 as soon as he completes his 6-day quarantine, Curran would be hoping to make an impact against MI before he eventually makes way for his compatriot.
Jaydev Unadkat is once again having a tough time in the IPL. In the 12 overs that Unadkat has bowled this IPL, he has given away 119 runs at an economy 9.91, and in bargain, he has managed just one wicket.
In the last game against RCB, Unadkat didn’t even complete his full quota after having given away 31 runs in 3 overs. The Royals will hope that the southpaw finds his mojo against MI on Tuesday.
Shreyas Gopal has had a disappointing 2020 IPL campaign thus far. The leg-spinner has managed just 2 wickets in 4 games at an average of 76 and an economy of 9.5. The Royals will hope that the Karnataka leg-spinner shrugs off his indifferent form against the Mumbai Indians.