copyrightIPL 2019 LIVE MI vs RR: Rajasthan won toss, Mumbai's first batting
Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and decided to bowl and invited the batting first to the Mumbai Indians team led by Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma has returned to Mumbai Indians. He has replaced Sidney Lad in the team. There has been two changes in Rajasthan's team for this match. Instead of injured Ben Stokes, Krishnamappa Gautam has been given the chance to replace Liam Livingstone and Ryan Parag. Livingstone is presenting itself in the IPL with this match.
Rajasthan have lost in their last two matches. In such a case, against Mumbai, he will try to avoid his third consecutive loss. Rajasthan had defeated Chennai Super Kings in their last match, while Mumbai are coming here to win exciting matches against Punjab in this match.
Against Punjab, Mumbai won the match by returning to defeat. In that match, Kieron Pollard forced the defeat to the Punjab in the stormy game. Pollard was leading the team in that match because Rohit Sharma was injured. Rohit will return to this match. His arrival will strengthen the team's batting which looked faltering in the last match.
Mumbai's batting will be on Dhoni only but he is expecting good shifts from Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuva Ishaan Kishan. Mumbai's strongest batting line is its lower order where Pollard and Hardik are the Pandya. Both of them have given big scores to the fast-paced sports team in the end of this season in many matches. It will not be easy for Rajasthan to overcome these two. At the beginning, if the duo and Rohit could not do it, then Hardik and Pollard would be a big headache for Rajasthan.
In the bowling of Rajasthan, they have not yet shown that they can stop any team or any stormy batsman. Shreyas Gopal bowled well against Royal Challengers Bangalore but after that he could not repeat that performance. Ben Stokes is a name that can do anything. Rajasthan's batting can definitely win him. He has names like Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson in batting, but all of them failed against Chennai.
The batsmen of Rajasthan are sure to have a lot but their lack of consistency is a problem. Captain Ajinkya Rahane's bat is also silent. Steve Smith has not appeared in that form for which he is known. Ball Straighter Ben Stokes could not show much of his bat yet. In front of Mumbai's strong bowling, it can be more troublesome. Jaspreet Bumrah, Jason Behrendorfer are commanding fast bowling attack, while the spinners Krupal Pandya and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar have done well.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Kunal Pandya, Aljari Joseph, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorf, Jaspreet Bumrah.
Rajasthan: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Liam Livingstone, Krishnappa Gautam, Joefra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.