In the evening game on Sunday (25th October) double-header, Rajasthan Royals (RR) are taking on the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi) in the 45th match of the IPL 2020.
Steven Smith-led Rajasthan Royals are playing their 12th match of this IPL season. Currently, they are in the last position (8th position) in the IPL 2020 points table with 8 points (4 wins and 7 loses).
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians are playing their 11th match of this season. At present, Mumbai Indians are leading the points table with 14 points (7 wins and 3 loses). However, Kieron Pollard is leading this team in this match in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma.
It is their second meeting this season. They met for the first time in this IPL season during the 20th match of the IPL 2020 (at Abu Dhabi on 6th October 2020), where Mumbai Indians ended their four-match losing streak against Rajasthan Royals by winning that match by 57 runs.
IPL 2020, Match 45: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians (RR vs MI) – Toss Report
Mumbai Indians captain Kieron Pollard won the toss and decided to bat first. MI made only one alteration in the playing XI as James Pattinson replaced Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Pollard said, “We’re going to bat. Just one change – Pattinson in for Coulter-Nile. Pitch is fairly good. Done pretty well batting first. Couple of venues dew has played a major factor. Here, not so much. Whatever you do you have to do it properly.”
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith confirmed that they brought the same playing XI for this match.
Smith said, “Same team. We’ve played some reasonable cricket without getting over the line. Last one was a bit disappointing. Hopefully we can get over the line. We’ve got three games, for us it’s about winning them all. See how we go.”
IPL 2020, Match 45: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians (RR vs MI) – Playing XIs
Mumbai Indians (MI): Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (C), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Jos Buttler, Steven Smith (C), Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi