The first leg of an IPL double header on Saturday sees Rajasthan Royals host Mumbai Indians in Match 36 and whilst the visitors come into the game in the better form, the Royals did beat them in the first meeting this season.
Rajasthan were away to the Kings XI in their most recent outing and they were beaten by 12 runs. Jofra Archer returned figures of 3/15 in his 4 overs but the Kings XI still posted a healthy bat first total of 182/6.
In the chase the Royals made good early progress but the run rate began to spiral. Tripathi top scored with 50 at the top of the order and a late blitz from Stuart Binny (33 off 11) came too late.
The Royals remain stuck on 2 wins alongside 6 defeats and at home they have won 1 and lost 3 with the sole success coming against RCB (& wickets) in Match 14.
Mumbai Indians were in action on Thursday away to Delhi Capitals and they came away with a 40 run victory. Mumbai posted 168/5 batting first thanks to a 57 run opening partnership between Sharma and de Kock and Krunal and Hardik Pandya added useful runs at the death. Chahar (3/19) and Bumrah (2/18) were the pick of the Mumbai bowlers as Delhi’s innings finished on 128/9.
Mumbai Indians now have a record of 6 wins and 3 defeats and they have won 5 of their last 6. Earlier results away from home include wins at RCB (6 runs) and the Sunrisers (40 runs) either side of an 8 wicket defeat at the Kings XI.
Head to Head
Matches 21, Mumbai wins 12, Royals wins 9
The teams met in Mumbai as recently as Match 27 and the Royals came out on top by 4 wickets. Mumbai posted 187/5 batting first with Quinton de Kock top scoring with 81 and Rohit Sharma made 47. Jos Buttler was the Royals hero, he smashed 89 off 43 balls including 7 maximums and although the Royals lost wickets towards the end, they got up with 3 balls to spare.
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Rajasthan Royals 23/20
Mumbai Indians 8/11
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Mumbai are on a roll and although the Royals beat them just a week ago, the consistency lies with the visitors.
Bet: Mumbai Indians to win at 8/11