Mumbai Indians are a high-flying side in the Indian Premier League after registering an emphatic win against Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai Indians restricted their opposition for 114 and chased the target without losing a wicket. It was a complete ruthless performance against Chennai Super Kings that has put Mumbai Indians on the brink of the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians have four games to play in the Indian Premier League and with one leg in the playoffs, the team might look to rotate the XI to give rest to the first-team players. The injury to Rohit Sharma might be a cause of concern for the side but Keiron Pollard marshalled his troops against Chennai Super Kings in a great fashion. Against Rajasthan Royals too, Keiron Pollard might lead the team as MI might not be in a hurry to field Rohit Sharma. The team would not like to risk the most successful captain of IPL history.
Rajasthan Royals are on the back of a heart-breaking defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous game. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s boat was rocked by Jofra Archer but the other players didn’t support the pacer from the other end. With Rajasthan Royals chances looking bleak, the team might put up a great performance. Mumbai Indians will look to repeat the dominating performance again on Sunday.
Here are the top three picks for Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royals at Sheikh Zayed Stadium:
#1) Trent Boult
The New Zealand pacer ran riot against Chennai Super Kings and was the wrecker-in-chief in their previous game. He claimed four wickets and gave just 18 runs in his quota of four overs. The player will look to do the same against the star-studded batting line-up of Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals have struggled to get a proper and settled batting order in the league which has dented the hopes of qualification. Boult will look to oust the opposition with his swing against the likes of Ben Stokes, Steve Smith and Jos Buttler.
#2) Rahul Chahar
It is quite common in the Indian Premier League that one player’s performance overshadows the other. And when you are in a star-studded team like Mumbai Indians, the players will fail to get the recognition. It has been the case of Rahul Chahar in IPL 2020. Despite the string of good performances, Rahul Chahar has been overshadowed by Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma and more players.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) October 25, 2020
In the cash-rich league, Rahul Chahar has 13 wickets in 10 games. He has been economical too as he has bowled at a run rate of 7.19. Against the batting line-up of RR, Rahul Chahar has a big role to play in Abudhabi.
#3) Hardik Pandya
It is no brainer that the fast-bowling all-rounder is an asset to any team across the globe. May it be the national side or the franchise, Hardik Pandya is one of the best all-rounders because of his hard-hitting abilities. He will be one of the top three picks for Mumbai Indians against the threatening Rajasthan Royals.
With the team almost into the playoffs, Mumba Indians might look to float the all-rounder up the order to bring the best out of the player before the knock-out stages. Hardik Pandya will look to go hard on the opposition with the bat on Sunday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.