IPL 2020 – RR vs MI: Match preview, Fantasy XI team and prediction

The blockbuster weekend will end with an equally fun match as table-toppers Mumbai Indians will take on the Rajasthan Royals.

It’s a must-win situation for Royals as they’ll have to win their remaining matches and see where the net run rate equation takes them. MI, on the other hand, will like to solidify their spot in the playoffs and top two positions of the points table.

MI is coming off the clinical domination of Chennai Super Kings. Royals, on the other hand, is coming off a disappointing loss against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians have won six of their seven matches. The defending champions have looked flawless in their dominating reign this year. They would like to continue with what they’re already doing. Every aspect of their game looks sharp and on point. They would like to get those two wins to qualify for the playoffs as soon as possible.

Rajasthan Royals

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Royals played well but fell short in their last match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. They should focus on adding those 10-15 extra runs which they fail to do every time.

The change in their batting lineup has worked out fairly well, however, they should consider opening with Jos Buttler. Skipper Steve Smith and Jos Buttler taking care of the middle-order, the top order can play freely. However, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson will have to gain some form and increase their strike rate. Their bowlers are doing good with Jofra Archer, Karthik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal, and Rahul Tewatia in decent form.

Fantasy XI team

QUINTON DE KOCK (9.5) (C) – De Kock has regained form with his innings against SRH, RR, DC, KKR, KXIP, and CSK. He’ll be our captain.

TRENT BOULT (8.5) – Boult has been doing a good job by keeping things tight and picking wickets as well. He’s coming off taking 4 important wickets against CSK. He’ll be our vice-captain.

JOS BUTTLER (9.5) – Buttler has been looking good keeping in mind his new role to handle the middle order.

STEVE SMITH (9) – Skipper Steve Smith has been fairly consistent. He can turn the tables anytime he goes to bat!

ISHAN KISHAN (8.5) – Kishan is coming off scoring an impressive fifty against CSK. He has the responsibility to open in the absence of Rohit Sharma.

SURYAKUMAR YADAV (9) – Yadav has performed really well for MI. He’ll do even better with added responsibility in the absence of Rohit Sharma.

RAHUL TEWATIA (9.5) – IPL 2020 has been Tewatia’s tournament so far. He has been a great finisher and match-winner for the Royals.

JASPRIT BUMRAH (9) – Bumrah has been superb as the tournament progresses. He’s among the top wicket-takers of the tournament.

JOFRA ARCHER (9.5) – Archer looked in a great rhythm and is among the leading wicket-takers of the season.

RAHUL CHAHAR (8.5) – Chahar has been in great form and silently picking up wickets in the middle overs.

PREDICTION

RR still hasn’t found its best combination/orders of the season. MI, on the other hand, have found their combination more or less from the first match of the IPL 2020 itself and have been dominant in all three departments of the game. Mumbai Indians will therefore defeat the Rajasthan Royals.

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