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Rajasthan Royals will know anything short of a victory will virtually end their chances of making the play-offs, when they take on high-flying Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
The Royals are currently seventh in the points table, having picked four points from eight matches.
In their last encounter, the Ajinkya Rahane-led side lost to Kings XI Punjab by 12 runs, a match they threw away chasing 183 for victory after being in the chase till the halfway mark. Royals' batting collapses have cost them as the team is too dependent on Jos Buttler to score runs quickly.
The likes of Rahane and Steve Smith haven't really been performing all that well and Sanju Samson's form too, has dipped after the hundred he scored against Sunrisers Hyderabad last month.
Smith did not play the last game and is expected to be back for this one with Ashton Turner, who made his debut against Punjab, failing to make any impact.
Jofra Archer is Royals' key bowler and he will have to fire once again to guide his team to a victory over Mumbai who have a lot of firepower in their batting.
The three-time IPL winners made short work of Delhi Capitals on Thursday, winning by 40 runs.
While none of their batsmen got a fifty, leggie Rahul Chahar snared three wickets with Jasprit Bumrah bowling four magnificent overs and Hardik Pandya also doing well with the ball.
The odds are heavily stacked in favour of Mumbai but Royals can draw heart from their first meeting where they won by four wickets in a last over-finish.
For Mumbai, Pollard and Joseph are in fine touch. Mumbai will carry the belief to win games from any situation, thanks to Pollard, who has single-handedly won matches for them. You can’t afford to not pick Pollard and Hardik Pandya in your team today. Another great player from the team is skipper Rohit Sharma, who has led his team to victory on many counts.
Rajasthan, on the other side, have some stars in their rank with the likes of Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson. However, all of them have failed to live up to expectations.Therefore, tt would be a perfect time to pick Jos Butler, Shreyas Gopal and Jofra Archer.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Sanju Samson, Ashton Turner, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Ben Cutting/Jason Behrendorff, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah