After registering two consecutive wins against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals will be locking horns with Mumbai Indians in a neck to neck fight on 13th May. Currently, the two teams i.e. Rajasthan and Mumbai are at the same level with the exact same number of points. Both have earned 10 points from 11 matches but now this match will decide which team gets a step closer to the playoffs of IPL 2018.
It’s a do-or-die situation as the losing team will automatically be out of the tournament, thereby joining the likes of RCB and DD. As the stakes are too high, both skippers Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma will be trying their best to stay ahead in the competition.
Considering the performance of the team in Friday’s match against CSK, it’s safe to say that Jos Buttler was the true savior for the Royals. However, it’s still a crucial time for the bowlers as they have to get their game right. Besides, players like Unadkat and Ben Stokes, the most expensive players of the team, will also have to prove their worth by making the most of this opportunity in IPL 2018. Expectations are also high from Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, and Rahul Tripathi.
Although the team didn’t have an ideal start, it managed to register a victory in all crucial games. Skipper Rohit Sharma may not have performed well with his bat but he surely has led the team well lately. Not to forget, back in 2015, the team went from losing 5 out of 6 matches to winning the title of the season.
Players like Krunal, Hardik, Bumrah, and Markande have the full potential of turning the game in favor of Mumbai Indians. However, the middle order batting of the team is still in trouble and the batsmen will have to pull their socks up.