- Mumbai Indians could become the 1st IPL 2020 team to register three consecutive wins today
- If Rajasthan Royals lose, it will be the 3rd franchise in IPL 2020 to lose three consecutive games
- MI will face RR today at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi
On the 6th of October, Tuesday, defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Rajasthan Royals for the first time in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League which will be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Both the teams will then play against each other in a match in Abu Dhabi on the 25th of October.
Mumbai Indians, if end up winning today’s match, will become the first team in IPL 2020 to record three consecutive wins, with Delhi Capitals could become the second team, when they face Rajasthan Royals on 9th October.
Additionally, if Rajasthan Royals lose today’s match, they will become the 3rd team in IPL 2020 to lose 3 consecutive matches in IPL 20 with the first team being Chennai Super Kings and the second being Kings XI Punjab.
Champions of the very first edition of the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals, and the 4 time IPL winners Mumbai Indians have played against each other 21 times and given fans numerous exciting matches and in today’s match fans would be expecting the same.
Let us take a look at their head-to-head statistics:
Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals have faced each other 21 times in the previous 12 seasons of IPL and have won 10 games each. One of their matches during IPL 2009 season in South Africa was abandoned without a ball bowled.
But when we look closer, at the last 5 matches they have played against each other, Rajasthan Royals emerge as the dominating side with winning four of the five encounters against Mumbai Indians.
Here how the last 5 matches ended up between MI and RR
RR won by 5 wickets
RR won by 4 wickets
RR won by 7 wickets
RR won by 3 wickets
MI won by 8 runs
In the last match they played against each other:
Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur in IPL 2019 which was played on 20th April 2019.
Batting first, Mumbai put up an average total of 161/5 after 20 overs, with Quinton de Kock scoring 65 off 47 balls. Rahul Chahar’s three-wicket haul for Mumbai went in vain as the host chased down the target with five balls to spare.
Steve Smith had hit it huge with an unbeaten 59, while Riyan Parag scored a quickfire 43.
When in 2014 IPL was played in the United Arab Emirates as IPL was forced to move out of the country for a brief period owing to the general elections in India, Mumbai Indians did not face Rajasthan Royals.
However, what may surprise people is that Mumbai Indians lost all its five matches and could not win a single match in the UAE.
Lets us take a look at their Top Performers:
- Leading run scorers:
Mumbai Indians: Ajinkya Rahane (409)
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (431)
- Highest Score in an innings:
Mumbai Indians: Corey Anderson (95*)
Rajasthan Royals: Yusuf Pathan (100)
- Most Wickets:
Mumbai Indians: Dhawal Kulkarni (17)
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (13)
- Best Bowling Figures:
Mumbai Indians: Munaf Patel (4/28)
Rajasthan Royals: Sohail Tanvir (4/14)
- Highest Innings Total:
Mumbai Indians: 212/6
Rajasthan Royals: 208/7