This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the 51st game of the IPL 2021 between the Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians that is scheduled to take place on the 5th of October 2021.
Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will take on each other at Sharjah in what is a virtual knockout for both of them. The sides are tied at 10 points and a win for either of them will enhance the chances of going to the playoffs. In the return fixture held at Delhi earlier this year, MI won the game by 7 wickets.
RR won their last game against the table-toppers CSK in a stunning display as they chased down the target of 190 with 15 balls to spare and by 7 wickets. Batting first, CSK made 189/4, the highest score in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 courtesy of a century from opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, but RR’s openers laid a solid platform by scoring 81 in the powerplays. Jaiswal made a 21-ball 50 while Shivam Dube finished the game with 64* from 42.
Mumbai Indians won a close game against the DC by 4 wickets at Sharjah. In a low-scoring affair, they could manage only 129 thanks to some tight bowling by Avesh and Axar. Suryakumar Yadav came back to some form with a 27-ball 33 on a slow pitch but the total wasn’t enough for the MI to defend against the Capitals despite taking it to the last over.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Pitch and Weather: The surfaces in Sharjah so far have been pretty much on the slower side and the run-making has been difficult. So it will be the same in this important clash as well. The weather will be clear as no rain is predicted during the match hours and the temperature will be in the high 30s.
Date & Time: October 2, 7.30 PM IST, 6.00 PM Local time
Probable Playing XIs
Rajasthan Royals kept their playoffs hopes alive with a great chase against the Chennai Super Kings. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis gave them a blistering start to the innings and Shivam Dube finished it off on his return to the side. However, they would expect a much better bowling performance.
Mumbai Indians would want a much better team effort in this do-or-die clash against the Rajasthan Royals. Rohit and Quinton have usually given a good start at the top but it was not the case in the last game. A good all-round performance is a need for Mumbai to stay in this contest.
Rohit Sharma(C), Quinton De Kock(WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary/Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar/ Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult
Yashaswi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Aakash Singh/ Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markande
Mumbai Indians are definitely the strong team here in this contest but the recent form of both these sides make it an even contest.
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Batsmen: Openers from RR Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis can be picked as they have been consistent at the top. The duo’s start in the last game was the reason for their win in the last game. Suryakumar Yadav found some form in the last game and can be picked here along with Rohit Sharma, the skipper of Mumbai Indians.
Wicket-Keepers: Sanju Samson can be the wicket-keeper of the fantasy side. He is the 4th highest run-getter in this IPL.
All-rounders: Shivam Dube made a crucial half-century in the last game and can be picked in the fantasy team. Along with him, Mumbai Indians’ veteran Kieron Pollard can be the other all-rounder.
Bowlers: From RR, the left-arm seamers Chetan Sakariya and Mustafizur Rahman are ideal options. Jasprit Bumrah has taken 11 wickets from the 5 games in this leg and is a certainty. Nathan Coulter-Nile is the last bowler who can be picked.
Fantasy Team: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(VC), Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Chetan Sakariya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Mustafizur Rahman.
Captain – Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson is the 3rd highest run-getter this IPL and has been very consistent. So he is the ideal pick as the captain of the side.
Vice-Captain – Rohit Sharma
The Mumbai Indians skipper can be trusted to be vice-captain of the fantasy side. He has been in good form and can come good in his side’s must-win contest.