Led by Steven Smith, Rajasthan Royals have made another strong start this time around, and have won both their games so far. They seem to have found the right mix-up of big players and genuinely talented domestic ones. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians have lost two out of two and look a jaded side. Neither their batsman have performed up to the mark nor their bowlers have done something to be lauded for. Two of their key players Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard seem to have lost their touch and it might just be the right time for Mitchell McClenaghan and Lendl Simmons to get a look in to the playing 11.
Neither team, therefore, will take anything for granted when they clash again in Ahmedabad and we can expect to see a tight battle like we witnessed last year. Taking their all previous matches into consideration, let us take a look at the interesting facts that came into notice in the 16 matches held so far between the two teams.
–> MI have a 10-6 overall record against RR, and have also secured a victory in their last three meetings.
–> No team has lost at Ahmedabad after posting 150 runs on the board. Off the 8 matches that have been played at the venue so far, 6 have been won by the team batting first.
–> 212/6 is MI’s highest total against RR in IPL. In comparison, RR’s 208/7 in 2012 season was their best against RR.
–> 4/14 is best bowling figures recorded by Sohail Tanvir against Mumbai Indians – the best by any Rajasthan bowler against them.
–> Last time when both sides met, Mumbai pulled off a stunning win and progressed into the last four. MI, who lost their five matches, needed 190 runs in 14.3 overs to qualify for the next round. Corey Anderson, who was in patchy form throughout the tournament, played a blistering knock of 95 and Ambati Rayudu provided the finishing touch and sealed the deal for their team.
–> Yusuf Pathan (who now plays for KKR) is the only batsman to score a hundred in all IPL matches held so far between both these teams.