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A battle between the 2nd team and the 2nd last team. Having said that, the Rajasthan Royals defeated the Mumbai Indians in the first bout of this season, and they would look to replicate the same success again.
Mumbai Indians are enjoying success outside Mumbai, and they should be feeling really confident and optimistic about their chances.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals seem to have hit the panic button looking at the shuffle they have started making to their batting order.
Weather: The weather in Jaipur has been relatively cool, with the maximum temperatures hitting 33 degrees. It will be a pleasant outing for the players.
Pitch Conditions: It’s a day game, and the pitch will stay consistent throughout the match. It will be relatively flat, and high scores could be on the cards.
Probable Playing XI:
RR – Tripathi, Buttler, Samson (Wk), Rahane (C), Stokes, Binny, Archer, Gopal, Sodhi, Kulkarni, Unadkat/ Gowtham
MI – de Kock (Wk), R. Sharma (C), S. Yadav, Kishan, Pollard, H. Pandya, K. Pandya, Chahar, Cutting, Malinga, Bumrah
Rajasthan Royals might be tempted to give Gowtham another go ahead of Unadkat. This option could be open to them specially with Ben Stokes coming back to their side. Mumbai Indians wouldn’t like to make a change to their winning combination except for Ishan Kishan coming back in place of Jayant Yadav after a small injury layoff.
Winner prediction: Rajasthan Royals