MI vs RR Match Preview

MI is unlikely to make significant changes to their lineup. They may stick with the same players they have been using so far. While there might be a temptation to replace Kwena Maphaka or Gerald Coetzee, it is hoped that both players will be given another opportunity.

However, MI's main concern lies in their bowling tactics. They should avoid relying solely on Jasprit Bumrah during the second half of the bowling stint and instead utilize his skills upfront as well. Additionally, the team is suffering due to the lack of quality spin options, and unfortunately, there are no alternatives in the squad. This further emphasizes the importance of Hardik's contribution as a bowler.

On the other hand, the batting department seems to be in better shape. With almost all the batsmen having scored runs, MI should be more confident in achieving the required runs. Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Naman Dhir, Tilak Varma, and Tim David form a formidable batting lineup in their current form.

RR has shown remarkable performance in the ongoing IPL 2024 season. Despite not relying on big scores from Yashasvi Jaiswal or Jos Buttler, they have successfully managed to score the required runs. The emergence of Riyan Parag, the consistent brilliance of Sanju Samson, and the powerful hitting skills of Shimron Hetmyer have become crucial pillars of success for RR. 

In favorable batting conditions, it is evident that the RR batting lineup can dominate MI with their strong hitting abilities. 

Riyan Parag showcased his talent by scoring six consecutive fifties in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament. Starting IPL 2024 with two impressive scores, he aims to secure a spot in the upcoming T20 World Cup. With his current form as a dangerous finisher, he is definitely a player to watch out for. 

RR's bowling unit is well-balanced with Trent Boult and Nandre Burger leading the attack, Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin as the spin duo in the middle overs, and Avesh Khan handling the death overs supported by Sandeep Sharma.

Weather Report

There are some clouds forecast on match day and the humidity shold be quite high but there is no rain expected. There will be some dew and that will make life tough for the spinners. 


Pitch Report

The average score batting first at the Wankhede in the previous 10 IPL matches is 187 but the average winning score batting first is 216! That shows just how much pressure there is on teams that bat first. If conditions are as expected, a high scoring match with plenty of sixes is in store. 


Notable stats

Spin to Strike

The spinners have a higher strike-rate at the Wankhede, particularly in the first inning. Including some of the top quality spinners on show may be a good idea.

Team News

There are no reports of any injuries from either side. 

MI vs RR Probable 11

MI Playing 11

  • Rohit Sharma
  • Ishan Kishan (Wk)
  • Naman Dhir
  • Tilak Varma
  • Hardik Pandya (C)
  • Tim David
  • Romario Shepherd
  • Shams Mulani
  • Gerald Coetzee
  • Piyush Chawla
  • Jasprit Bumrah

RR Playing 11

  • Yashasvi Jaiswal
  • Jos Buttler
  • Sanju Samson (C)
  • Riyan Parag
  • Shimron Hetmyer
  • Dhruv Jurel
  • R Ashwin
  • Trent Boult
  • Yuzvendra Chahal
  • Sandeep Sharma
  • Avesh Khan
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We think there is a good chance that the Rajasthan Royals will be able to win this match against MI. Both teams have a strong batting lineup but it is the Royals who have a better sorted bowling unit. They may end up being one of the differentiating factors in this contest. 

Top Picks

Yuzvendra Chahal - Chahal was brilliant in the previous match and also has a lot of experience playing at high-scoring venues. His battle against the likes of Tilak varma, Tim David, and Naman Dhir is going to be crucial. 

Riyan Parag - We follow form and currently, Riyan Parag is in the form of his life. Can he carry it on for too long? We don't know but we want to ride the tide for as long as possible. 

Jasprit Bumrah - Will Bumrah get the new ball in this match? We are not sure but we think he is too good a bowler to without wickets for too long. 

MI vs RR Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: J Buttler, S Samson, I Kishan

Batters: T David, Y Jaiswal, T Varma

All-rounders: R Parag (C), N Dhir

Bowlers: Y Chahal, T Boult, J Bumrah (VC)

MI vs RR Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction