Match – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians – 51st match
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Sharjah has been very helpful for the bowlers and the slower bowlers have got a lot of assistance from the surface. But the deck has been kind to the team, batting second. Chasing should be the way forward for both teams.
Avg first innings score: 139 (6 matches in the IPL 2021 at Sharjah)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Quinton de Kock has shown sparks of brilliance, but hasn’t been able to translate his form for South Africa in the IPL. In 11 matches in the T20 league, the southpaw has notched 297 runs at an average of 29.70 and a strike rate of 116.01. The southpaw needs to hit his straps at the earliest as MI need a win desperately to climb the table in the points table.
Probable best bowler of the match
Jasprit Bumrah– Mumbai Indians
Jasprit Bumrah has been the standout bowler for the Mumbai-based team without a stretch of a doubt. The pacer has bowled exceptionally well and the opponent batters haven’t found it easy against him. In 12 games, the Ahmedabad-born speedster has accounted for 17 wickets at an economy rate of 7.59. He needs to be on top of his game.