Table-toppers of IPL 2020 Mumbai Indians regained the position by comprehensively beating Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah last night. Mumbai Indians put up an impressive bowling display, leaving the Super Kings’ batsmen clueless as they could not claw their way back into the game despite Sam Curran’s fifty. The defending champions chased down 115 with ten wickets to spare.
They will turn their attention to Rajasthan Royals, who they have already beat once in the tournament. Rajasthan Royals face a formidable task to keep their campaign marginally afloat, having to beat Mumbai Indians reasonably well. However, despite the absence of Rohit Sharma, Mumbai not only look good enough to beat any team but also grab their fifth title. Kieron Pollard captained the side against the Super Kings in the absence of Rohit.
We take a look at Mumbai Indians’ predicted XI ahead of their IPL 2020 game against Rajasthan Royals:
With little clarity on the availability of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan could continue to open for Mumbai Indians. Ishan Kishan was the aggressor against Chennai Super Kings as he finished unbeaten at 68 off 37 deliveries. The knock contained six fours and five sixes, batting the Super Kings out of the game.
Quinton De Kock (wk):
Quinton De Kock finished not out at 46 off 37 balls against the Super Kings in Sharjah as his opening partnership with Ishan Kishan sealed the game. Behind the stumps, effected four dismissals which were of Ambati Rayudu, Faf Du Plessis, MS Dhoni, and Deepak Chahar. Hence, he will retain his spot.
Suryakumar Yadav was not required to bat against Chennai Super Kings; however, he has been in a scintillating form in IPL 2020. In ten matches, the right-handed batsman has mustered 243 runs with two half-centuries. Come the knockouts, Yadav’s role would be crucial.
Saurabh Tiwary replaced Rohit Sharma for the match against Chennai Super Kings. Saurabh Tiwary played the first three games of IPL 2020 and scored 63 runs at 31.20. However, Ishan Kishan was too good to sit out and replaced him for the remaining fixtures. The southpaw will have to make way for Rohit once he is fit.
Due to the ten-wicket victory, Krunal Pandya was amongst those who did not come out to bat. Nevertheless, Krunal Pandya conceded only 16 runs in the three overs he delivered against the Super Kings to keep them to 115. The left-arm spinner proved expensive the last time he bowled against Rajasthan Royals and will want to correct that.
Hardik Pandya has played his role in the batting department to significant effect in IPL 2020. Hardik Pandya has crafted some useful cameos down the order to put the Mumbai Indians in a strong position. The 26-year old’s role would be quite vital in the playoffs of the season.
It was only the second time in IPL that Kieron Pollard captained and maintained a 100% captaincy record as Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings comfortably. Kieron Pollard has also been in a red-hot form this IPL, striking at 200 along with 208 runs in ten fixtures.
Nathan Coulter-Nile took the solitary wicket of Shardul Thakur against the Super Kings in four overs for 25 runs; however, he is arguably the weakest link in an otherwise formidable Mumbai Indians’ bowling line-up. Nathan Coulter-Nile will most likely make way for James Pattinson when the playoffs begin.
Rahul Chahar, who is the frontline spinner for Mumbai Indians this season, picked the wicket of MS Dhoni and Deepak Chahar in his four overs. Rahul Chahar gave away only 22 runs in his quota of four overs and will look to do well against Mumbai Indians once more.
Trent Boult was the man of the match against Chennai Super Kings, recording the best bowling figures of IPL 2020 – 4-1-18-4. Trent Boult began Chennai Super Kings’ collapse by removing Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, and Ravindra Jadeja. In the final ball of the innings, the left-arm seamer claimed his fourth by dismissing Sam Curran with a perfect yorker.
Jasprit Bumrah shared the new ball with Trent Boult and continued wrecking the batting line-up of Chennai Super Kings. Jasprit Bumrah began by removing Ambati Rayudu and Narayan Jagadeesan for a first-ball duck. In four overs, the right-arm seamer gave away only 25 runs and claimed four against Rajasthan Royals the last time.