Previews MI v RR
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April 29th will be a day for doubleheaders. Mumbai Indians after a long rest will take the field and they will face Rajasthan Royals at Delhi followed by the Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders match at Ahmedabad.
MI v RR :
Rajasthan Royals has got a very even head-to-head record against Mumbai Indians across IPL seasons. Both teams have issues to address. Mumbai Indians have struggled with their batting as apart from Rohit and Surya Kumar Yadav, none of the other batters has been performing with any degree of consistency.
Hardik Pandya is not bowling and has looked flat as a batsman. There could be a case of Chris Lynn replacing out-of-touch D Kock and Ishan keeping wickets. It’s their potent bowling attack that is carrying the Mumbai Indians forward. However, with only 4 points from 5 games, they are languishing in the middle of the points table. They now need a big win and a strong batting performance to get them on their way.
Rajasthan Royals had a similar kind of run like MI, with 4 points off 5 games but they have issues with their batting as well with Buttler not yet firing at the top and lack of consistency amongst other batters. Finally, after his hundred in the 1st game, Samson played a responsible inning, but the middle order needs to offer more batters like Dube and Parag needing match-defining knocks.
The bowling looks a bit inconsistent too at times. They need to bowl to their strengths, using slower deliveries judiciously. The Delhi pitch appeared to be a true one in the first match of the IPL season between SRH v CSK in which the chasing team won comfortably.
MI: Rohit, D Kock/ Lynn, Surya, Kishan, Hardik, Pollard, Krunal, R Chahar, Jansen, Boult, Bumrah
RR: Buttler, Jaiswal, Samson, Dube, Parag, Miller, Morris, Tewatia, Unadkat, Sakariya, Mustafizur.
DC v KKR
This will be a short turnaround for Delhi Capitals after their heartbreaking loss to RCB by 1 run. In spite of their loss Delhi team looks well balanced. Remains to be seen whether they unleash Nortje against KKR. Stoinis has had a flat tournament so far hence Delhi can look at the option of Chris Woakes who is a much better bowler and a decent battery. Captain Rishabh Pant needs to keep the overcounts of his main bowlers better.
KKR should be buoyant after their good win over Punjab Kings getting their 2nd win in this season. Another plus point is the return to run making for their skipper Morgan. However, the batting still has a lot of areas to plug with Gill, Karthik, Russell, and even Rana being inconsistent.
KKR should think of playing Gill at 3 and open with the more aggressive Tripathy. The bowling has also not been without its concerns with Cummins struggling to stop the flow of runs and other bowlers having periods of inconsistency. They may gave a look at playing both Cummins and Ferguson together in which case Sunil Narine will have to be benched.
Since the match is at Ahmedabad, team winning the toss is likely to chase with dew possibilities not ruled out
DC: Dhawan, Shaw, Smith, Pant, Hetmyer, Stoinis / Woakes, Axar, Mishra, Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan
KKR: Rana, Tripathy, Gill, Karthik, Morgan, Narine / Ferguson, Russell, Cummins, Mavi, Varun, Prasidh.
Mumbai and Delhi are favorites to win their respective matches but an upset or two is not ruled out either .
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