Match Preview

Mumbai Indians will be up against Rajasthan Royals in the Match 51 of IPL 2021 on 5 October at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. After defeating in-form Chennai Super Kings, Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals surpassed Mumbai Indians to grab sixth place in the points rankings. On the other hand, MI were defeated by Delhi Capitals for the fourth time in the UAE leg. After a convincing 7-wicket victory over table-toppers CSK, Royals will be full of confidence. The win also ended a three-match losing streak against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Delhi Capitals.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is balanced more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35° C


Total matches                                     61

Matches won batting first                   34

Matches won bowling first                 26

Average 1st Inns scores                    144

Average 2nd Inns scores                   122

Highest total recorded                        211/6 (20 Ov) by IRE vs SCO

Lowest total recorded                         71/10 (13.2 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Highest score chased                         183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE

Lowest score defended                      134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Quinton de Kock –  The left-handed batsman has gained a reputation for his daring striking and deft glovework. He is a must pick for the next match.

Matches – 233

Runs – 7044

Average – 34.19

2) Sanju Samson – The right-handed batsman, given his innate potential, his game has truly progressed in the way it should have. He has led his team through thick and thin, he is a player with a lot of potential. He made 28 runs in his last match.

Matches – 186

Runs – 4546

Average – 27.88

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Evin Lewis – The left-handed batsman has a reputation for hitting big sixes in this format and with his power-striking, he is expected to give good fantasy points in the upcoming match. He made 27 runs in his last IPL match.

Matches – 186

Runs – 5389

Average – 31.70

2) Rohit Sharma – The right-handed batsman’ adept skills that translates into quick runs has led MI, from the bottom of the points table to numerous victories. He is in great form and a lot of fans are banking on him.

Matches – 354

Runs – 9406

Average – 31.99                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3) Suryakumar Yadav – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive player whose career is built on consistent performances. He doesn’t fear innovating and has a strong hand for shorter formats.

Matches – 186

Runs – 3928

Average – 30.68

4) Yashasvi Jaiswal – The youngster’s selection for the Royals in the IPL was a big lift, and if his potential is honed, he’ll make the most of it. Many people are inspired by Jaiswal’s cricketer journey. He made 50 runs in the last match.

Matches – 16

Runs – 380

Average – 23.75

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mustafizur Rahman – With his bowling it is difficult to deal with the slow left arm cutters towards the death on a few slow surfaces. And the across-going angle that he provides for right-handers is something that the teams need to keep an eye on.

Matches – 158

Wickets – 210

Economy – 7.20

2) Jasprit Bumrah – Jasprit’ quick warm-up is followed by a fast-paced bowling action. Despite his small stature, he has mastered the knack of bowling inch-perfect yorkers. This death bowler is an impressive player and an asset for MI.

Matches – 184

Wickets – 226

Economy – 7.07

3) Chetan Sakariya He is a young left arm fast medium bowler who has proved to be an excellent player for his team due to his consistent performance. He took a wicket in his last match.

Matches – 30

Wickets – 41

Economy – 7.60

4) Trent Boult – The left-arm fast medium bowler’s ability to swing the new ball and change up the pace and lengths in the death overs makes him a lethal bowler.

Matches – 133

Wickets – 153

Economy – 8.30

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Rahul Tewatia – He is a wrist spinner who can also bat in the lower order and can play both the paddles and the scoops. Tewatia as a whole is an excellent asset to any IPL team.

Matches – 80

Runs – 1064

Average – 28.00

Wickets – 49

Economy – 7.44

2) Hardik Pandya – Pandya, despite being known for his powerful hitting, is no slouch with the ball. With his extra bounce from a back of a length and especially his ability to swing the ball away from the right-hander, Pandya’s bowling has come a long way, especially in the shorter format.

Matches – 168

Runs – 2713

Average – 27.40

Wickets – 110

Economy – 8.14

3) Kieron Pollard – He is a dangerous lower middle order batsman who can also bowl medium speed with subtle changes of pace. His destructive batting skills is a cause of concern for even experienced bowlers.

Matches – 566

Runs – 11223

Average – 31.61

Wickets – 300

Economy – 8.22

Predicted Playing 11

Rajasthan Royals

Sanju Samson (captain/wicketkeeper), Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Glenn Phillips, Kartik Tyagi/Akash Singh, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav/Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter Nile, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult


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Mumbai Indians – 51%

Rajasthan Royals – 49%