Rajasthan Royals will take on the Mumbai Indians in their next game at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai. The Royals had a perfect start to their campaign this year with most of the boxes ticked and all they will be hoping for is to continue the winning momentum. They opened their account in the team standings with a thumping win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first game.
Devdutt Padikkal’s batting position was expected to be a dilemma for the Royals this season. However, he chipped in with a handy 29-ball 41, coming into bat at number four. Sanju Samson continued his rich vein of form from the recent international games and it was his innings that provided the right impetus to post a big total on the board. Shimron Hetmyer has been relishing his finishing duties from the previous season and he started off with a bang this edition as well.
When it comes to bowlers, Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult formed an outstanding new-ball pair and their early damage set the tone for the game. The spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin played their parts really well and hardly gave any loose deliveries in a big run chase for the opponents. All in all, it was a stupendous performance from the Rajasthan Royals.
Let’s look at Rajasthan Royals’ predicted XI for the second game against Mumbai Indians:
Openers – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler
Yashasvi Jaiswal did get a good start in his previous innings, scoring a 16-ball 20, with two fours and a six, but was dismissed straight after the powerplay. The left-hander has the capability to play the big innings and it was one of the factors behind his retentions ahead of the mega auction. He can be aggressive in the first six overs and a good knock Is expected from him in the upcoming fixture.
Jos Buttler is a match-winner on any day and despite the hiccups at the start of his innings, he got going once he got his eye in. The right-hander scored a 28-ball 35 in the previous innings that included three fours and three sixes and he has some phenomenal numbers against the Mumbai Indians in the last few overs. The wicketkeeper batter has the ability to play 360-degree shots and can be brutal if he stays in the crease for long.
Middle Order – Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, and Shimron Hetmyer
Devdutt Padikkal had a pretty good outing in the previous game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has now steadied his place in the middle order. The left-hander can play the spinners really well and he went straight down the ground which helped him to find the boundaries more often. The 21-year-old is considered to be the future of the Indian side and a consistent season might just pop up his name on the Indian side again.
Sanju Samson continued his merry run with a half-century in the first game and the way he has been batting, definitely looks set for a big score in the coming games. The skipper hit five sixes and three fours in his 27 ball-55 and has started the tournament with a bang. He has been in the scheme of things for the T20 World Cup this year and every performance will matter for him.
Shimron Hetmyer whacked boundaries towards the end of the innings and played a gem of an innings with a 13-ball 32 that included three sixes and two fours. The left-hander his some lusty blows that took the total past 200 and certainly he has got all the good to be a terrific finisher.
All-rounders – Riyan Parag, James Neesham, R Ashwin
Riyan Parag came in at six and hit two boundaries in his 9-ball 12 in the death overs in the previous game. The 20-year-old has been in the Rajasthan Royals setup for the last two years and does know the role he will have to play for the side. He will have to bowl an over or so if they play an all-rounder in place of Nathan Coulter Nile.
James Neesham is likely to replace Coulter Nile in the lineup as the latter faced a niggle bowling his final over in the previous game. Neesham provides extra luxury with the batting and he can be effective with his death overs bowling as well. He has the ability to finish games as well and will be a valuable addition to the side.
R Ashwin had a decent game and he kept bowling his carrom balls more than the off-spinner which was hard for the right-handers to go after. He finished with 0 for 21 in his four-over spell and played an important role alongside Chahal operating at the other end in the middle overs. He can be handy with the bat down the order as well.
Bowlers – Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal
Prasidh Krishna was one of the standout performers in the first game for the Rajasthan Royals and the speedster has been at the peak of his form. His recent experience with the Indian side has helped his career in the right direction and has started to hit the right lines and lengths with the new ball. He is expected to be a priceless asset for the Royals this season.
Trent Boult is a seasoned campaigner in IPL and has enough experience under his belt to excel in the cash-rich tournament. The New Zealand seamer has the ability to seam it both ways with the new ball and finished with 2 for 23 in his four-over spell in the previous game that included a maiden over as well.
Yuzvendra Chahal has taken his bowling to another level in the last few months and no wonder, he finished with 3 for 22 in his four-over spell in the previous game. The leg spinner has been assisted well by the conditions and has extracted a lot of spin from the wicket as well. He will be a lot more effective once the pitches slow down towards the second half of the tournament.