MI vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction: Defending champions Mumbai Indians(MI) will take on Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals(RR) in a crucial encounter at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi tonight on the special occasion of Vijayadashmi and it is all set to be started on 6 PM Local Time and 7:30 PM according to IST. If you will be searching for the best fantasy cricket tips and tricks for today's IPL Match 45, MI vs RR Dream11 prediction and playing 11 updates, can scroll down below.
The four-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians, who are currently leading the points table. Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, MI has been performed reasonably well this season of Dream11 IPL 2020. Meanwhile, captain Rohit Sharma’s fitness would be a concern for the defending champions as they are aiming for their consecutive entrance to the semis. Kieron Pollard named the captain of Mumbai side in the absence of Rohit Sharma in the previous match against CSK. By picking Pollard in your Dream11 prediction team will benefit you more points and rewards as well.
If Mumbai Indians win today against Rajasthan Royals, would be the first team to qualify for the playoffs. Mumbai side roared back in form after shattering Chennai Super Kings by 10 wickets on Friday. So, it seems to be an electrifying nail-bitter clash between these two most experienced sides in the IPL.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, lost to the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in the last match. The table-toppers Mumbai Indians are on course to make it to the playoffs. Although, the game is a must-win for Rajasthan as the team is languishing at the 7th place with just four wins from 11 matches played till now and a defeat from here would end their hope from IPL 2020.
Their opponent Rajasthan Royals have made constant changes at the top order and that has hurt them badly. The biggest worry is the form of skipper Steve Smith, who has not been impressed. with the bat. However, RR possesses the quality players like Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler but the trio has failed to deliver their goods yet.
In the bowling dept, only Jofra Archer has the pick of the bowlers for RR, he grabs 15 wickets in 11 matches played so far and he has been effective with his pace and accuracy but doesn't get much support from another end with the pacers like pacers Karthik Tyagi and Ankit Rajpoot, who have picked only wickets combined. Archer will be a part of almost every Dream11 fantasy team.
Wicket-keeper - Quinton de Kock(VC), Jos Buttler
Batsmen - Rohit Sharma, Steve Smith, Suryakumar Yadav
All-rounder - Kieron Pollard, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia
Bowler - Trent Boult, Jaspreet Bumrah(C), Jofra Archer
Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals have played 22 times with each other, the defending champions have won 11 times while Steve Smith's RR has won 10 matches while remaining one match had finished without any result. So, both teams go neck to neck fight when they faced each other.
The pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is little spongy and bouncy which offers plenty of support to the bowlers. The batsmen will beware himself before playing their aerial shots. They should look to target the shorter side of the ground. In the previous matches in Abu Dhabi, dew has played its part as well. So, 150-160 should be a decent score at this venue, with the pitch expected to slow down as the match progresses.
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Rajasthan Royals: Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (Wk), Steven Smith (C), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi.
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (Wk), Rohit Sharma(C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
The former IPL winners Mumbai Indians, undoubtedly will be the favourites for this encounter although Rajasthan Royals possess depth in its lineup and this should make for an exciting epic thriller in Abu Dhabi.