Jasprit Bumrah
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RR vs MI Match Preview- IPL 2021 Match 51. Defending champions Mumbai Indians are slated to take on Rajasthan Royals in the 51st match of IPL 2021 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday. The last time when both these two teams met each other, Rajasthan Royals posted a formidable 171-run total at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium.

Mumbai Indians, interestingly, chased down the score in 18.3 overs, courtesy of a sensational 70-run knock off 50 balls from Quinton de Kock. Krunal Pandya also made a decent contribution of 39 runs off 26 deliveries.

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Here’s a look at how both these two teams have performed thus far in the tournament.

RR vs MI Match Preview- IPL 2021 Match 51

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, MI
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock [Image-IPLT20]
Mumbai Indians won the last time when they played against Rajasthan Royals. That would give them a physiological advantage but their recent form isn’t too great. Mumbai Indians are currently languishing at seventh place on the points table with only 5 wins in 12 matches. Another defeat from here could hurt their chances of making the playoffs.

They cannot afford to lose a game from here. MI are coming into the contest on the back of a 4-wicket defeat at hands of defending champions. The underwhelming performance from the middle-order is their biggest worry. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock haven’t scored a lot of runs in the last couple of games either. Both departed on low scores in the last game.

Having said that, Suryakumar Yadav found some form as he looked solid during his 26-ball 33-run knock in the last game. The team would hope that deliver a match-winning performance on Tuesday. None of the batsmen scored a big knock against DC and as a result of that, MI could only manage to score 129 runs in the first innings.

The bowlers fought hard and tried their best. However, MI, perhaps, scored 20-30 runs short as Delhi Capitals chased down the score in 19.1 overs. Rahul Chahar didn’t play the last game as he made way for Jayant Yadav. The former is expected to be back into the eleven. There are chances that Ishan Kishan might come back into the playoffs in a bid to strengthen the batting department.

Rajasthan Royals:

Sanju Samson, Kartik Tyagi, Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2021, RCB
Rajasthan Royals. (Photo: BCCI)

Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have secured the same number of wins but are coming off a win against the table-toppers, Chennai Super Kings. That win would certainly, have given them a lot of confidence. Rajasthan made a few changes in the batting line up and it worked in their favour.

After conceding 189 runs in the first innings, RR batsmen exhibited a sensational display of power-hitting in the second half of the game. Ewin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal made a blistering start to the innings as the duo helped the side reach the 70-run mark inside the first six overs. Evin Lewis, unfortunately, got out in the last over of the power play after scoring 27 off 12 balls, but Jaiswal carried on for one more over. Jaiswal scored his maiden half-century off just 21 balls, including 6 fours and 3 sixes.

Playing his first game in the second leg of the tournament, Shivam Dube got going right from the onset. He hit some gigantic sixes during his stay at the crease. Dube didn’t spare any bowler as he smashed 64 runs in just 42 deliveries to help his side chase down the target in just 17.3 overs.

Rajasthan Royals are set to play a must-win game against MI on Tuesday. Given, how they performed against CSK, it doesn’t look like they will make a change in their playing eleven.