Three-time Indian Premier League (IPL) winners Mumbai Indians (MI) have picked up at the right moment with three consecutive wins. They will look to keep up the good job when they face seventh-placed Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 13 (Saturday) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Mumbai scripted an epic run chase led by Kieron Pollard against Kings XI Punjab. The batsmen looked in good stead and will look to carry on the same job. The inclusion of Rohit Sharma after recovering from injury will be icing on the cake for them.
In the bowling front, Lasith Maling is likely to slot back in the playing XI after joining the side earlier this week. Otherwise, the combination is likely to remain the same against Rajasthan Royals who have managed to win only one game so far in this season.
Here is the predicted playing XI of Mumbai India for match 27 of the 2019 Indian Premier League against Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai:
QUINTON DE KOCK
Quinton de Kock has got starts for Mumbai Indians but has not capitalised on it. The South African wicket-keeper needs to bat for long and put some big scores against his name. Besides, Kock has been good with the gloves on and will look to keep up the good job.
Rohit Sharma missed a game in 11 years after sustaining an injury during the training session ahead of the last game. The Mumbai Indians skipper has been inconsistent with the bat and will look to fine-tune his skills ahead of the World Cup.
Suryakumar Yadav has played a crucial role in this Mumbai Indians batting at the top-orde. Ability to bat anywhere, the Mumbai cricketer can rotate the strike at will and can also clear the long ropes. The experienced batter needs to be in his top in the next games if they want to continue the winning streak.
Yuvraj Singh started the tournament with a half-century but gradually went off-colour. The veteran all-rounder will look to score some runs with the bat and justify his selection in the playing XI.
Kieron Pollard played one of the best T20 knocks to make his debut match as the Mumbai Indians skipper memorable. The big all-rounder will be desperate to continue the good form and help his side win in the next games.
Hardik Pandya is slowly getting into the groove which will be a massive boost for the Indian National Cricket team in the World Cup. The dynamic all-rounder has chipped in with useful contributions in the lower order and has also been among the wickets.
Krunal Pandya has grown into an international cricketer playing for the Mumbai Indians. He is a complete all-rounder with his ability to chip in with both bat and ball. Pandya has been of average this season and will look to hit the strides soon.
The young leg-spinner has impressed in whatever limited opportunities that have come his way. Rahul Chahar is a fearless off-break bowler who is not scared to give air to the ball. Chahar will want to add some wickets to his tally against Rajasthan Royals who have not been in good stead this season.
The Australian quick has impressed with his raw pace and ability to strike whenever the team is in trouble. Jason Behrendorff will look to make his debut IPL season memorable and help this side lift the fourth title.
Lasith Malinga has joined the Mumbai Indians camp and is ready to take the field once again. The veteran fast bowler has been in good form and will look to carry the same in the 12th edition of the league.
Jasprit Bumrah has led the Mumbai Indians pace department over the years, and the franchise will expect the India pacer to continue on the good work. Moreover, the franchise will also ponder about his fitness keeping in view the upcoming World Cup.