Here is what the captains said:
“We will bat first. It’s a good pitch, runs on the board is always nice. It’s a big ground. I think we can defend the target in bigger grounds. Not really worried too much about Pollard’s form. He hasn’t got enough time with the bat. He’s been a crucial part of the team. We back him and he’s a match-winner for us. Same side for us.”
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“We were looking to bowl first anyway. It’s about starting fresh. Mumbai is a quality team. Two changes for us, Dhawal Kulkarni in for Stuart Binny and Jofra Archer is playing in place of Ben Laughlin.”
Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals clash in a must-win game at Sawai Mann Singh. Both the teams have not played to their potential as they lie in the bottom half of the table.
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Mumbai Indians are coming on the back of a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore. An all-round performance with both bat and ball meant they won comfortably by 46 runs.That was their first win in four games and the slow starters will look to improve their record.
On the other hand, the poor form of star players have not helped Rajasthan’s cause in their pursuit to the trophy this season. The likes of Jayadev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, and D’Arcy Short have not lived up to their price tags. This is hurting the team pretty badly in the opening stage of the game.
The winning team would be much relieved after the game. But a loss in this game to either of the team could make them desperate to win most of their upcoming games without respite.
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Ajinkya Rahane(c), Heinrich Klaasen, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat
Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman
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