Match 51 in IPL 2021 is a do-or-die game for both parties involved. RR and MI are both on 10 points and 6th and 7th in the table respectively. If MI loses this game, there are out of the playoff race, as RR’s next game will be KKR and then both will be on 12 points, and the winner will qualify.
The Royals need to make sure they get this victory so they have a better chance of qualifying, and MI needs to win and win by a good margin as KKR’s net run rate is much better than any team.
When: Tuesday, 5th October 2021, 7:30 PM IST
Where: Sharjah cricket stadium
Pitch Report: The small boundaries of Sharjah haven’t been crossed as many times this year. The pitch has been slow, sluggish, and sometimes two-paced. Throughout the season its been very hard for batsmen to get acclimatized to the pitch, and the average first innings score is around 135.
MI definitely needs the spine of their squad, which has been so successful in the past years, to perform well and get the team out of this sticky situation. The team’s form in phase two is been below average, to say the least. The team has lost four out of their five games in UAE. Their Indian batting contingent has been in poor form and hasn’t been able to back the decent bowling performances.
Arjun Tendulkar was injured in training and replaced by Simarjeet Singh.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton De Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah
RR is coming off massive confidence gaining win against already qualified CSK. The Royals made easy pickings of chasing 190, by doing it in 17.3 overs. Yashasvi Jaiswal has been in blistering form, and Lewis and Samson make their top three, who are crucial for them to get runs.
Rajasthan, if they win this game will go into a winner takes the fourth battler vs KKR. The Royals will be pumped to beat MI and come into this game as the more confident team. No injuries in the RR squad.
Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Liam Livingstone, Shivam Dube, Riyaan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Glenn Phillips, Mayank Markande, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman vs Rohit Sharma
Japrit Bumrah vs Sanju Samson
Rahul Tewatia vs Krunal Pandya
Head to Head
Matches played: 24
RR Wins: 11
MI Wins: 12
No result: 1