IPL 2021, RR vs MI LIVE score: Mumbai wins toss, to bowl vs Rajasthan; Kishan, Neesham in for de Kock, Krunal

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IPL 2021, RR vs MI LIVE score: Mumbai wins toss, to bowl vs Rajasthan; Kishan, Neesham in for de Kock, Krunal
Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of IPL 2021 Match 51 between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.


So, in its do-or-die encounter, Mumbai opts for an extra seaming all-rounder in Jimmy Neesham. Certainly, lifting the power down the order, a big match for Jimmy to return. He had scored a first-ball duck in his debut for MI (vs CSK in the first leg). de Kock has been dropped too for the return of Kishan. Wonder what happened there. Perhaps the inclusion of Neesham was more important for the side tonight. Meanwhile, RR continues to roll in the left-arm seamers as Kuldip Yadav makes his IPL debut. Shreyas Gopal returns and that looks like a direct ploy to exploit Rohit's weakness against leg-spin.

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Kuldip Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya

Toss: MI won the toss, opts to bowl first

Rohit Sharma: We are going to bowl first. We have tried everything in this UAE leg. The wicket doesn't change too much, so we thought having a target in front of us when we bat. We know where we stand at the moment. Every individual knows what to do. It's about coming here and executing. We need to read situations, not to worry about the table, if we play well the results will take care of itself. Two changes: Ishan comes back for de Kock and Neesham from Krunal.

Sanju Samson: We face different challenges in each game. We have a decent combination which can suit this wicket. Looking forward to an exciting game. We have to keep it simple, will have to trust ourselves. We have made two changes.



6:52PM IST: A serious MI huddle chat taking place ahead of the toss. Their fielding coach James Pamment leads the chat. Quite obvious given their fielding standards this season. MI has dropped the most catches so far this season (17).

Pitch Report by Kartik Murali: The pitch we are using has been used on two previous occasions, both times the team batting second has won. First one was the RCB-CSK game where 156 was chased and then recently the DC vs MI game. The surface has got a bit of sheen, not the old Sharjah sheen. Run-scoring has been tough, it does look dark and patchy. Don't think run-scoring is going to be easy. Anyone winning the toss is going to bat second

Nathan Coulter-Nile: Obviously not going the way we wanted to. Not sure if it's about one batter, one bowler. We just haven't clicked as a unit. We are still trying out different things till we get that right and hopefully we get it right today. I knew he was going to use may pace around the corner. I have moved fine leg and left it open. It was a bit of a gamble. He'd hit me for four or I get him out. I knew it would be a bit up and down. He played around one which was lucky for me and I think that was the first time I got him in my life, so it's a nice feeling. We have change-room player of the match, they give out a couple of them every game. Preps has been good, we have been training. quick turnaround. Just about getting what you need to and get out. There's not too much hanging around in training and stuff like that. Few of the boys have played a fair amount now on this wicket and we should be good to go.

6:30PM IST:
RR close to landing a knockout punch for the defending champion. A loss will put MI out of the playoffs race.

Can Sanju Samson and Co. pull off another stunner at Sharjah?   -  SPORTZPICS


5:50PM IST: Numbers Game

  • Rohit Sharma is two sixes away from becoming the first Indian batter to hit 400 T20 sixes.
  • Rohit's average against RR - 22.91 - his lowest against any opposition in the IPL
  • Rohit batting stats at Sharjah: 4 innings, 21 runs
  • Sanju Samson vs Trent Boult: Three dismissals in 23 balls

5:35PM IST: MI vs RR Head to Head stats

Span- 2008-2021

Matches: 25

Won: RR-12, MI-13

HS (RR) vs MI- 208

LS (RR) vs MI- 95

HS (MI) vs RR- 212

LS (MI) vs RR- 92


Match Preview

It is a nail-biting time at the Indian Premier League (IPL) for most of the teams. Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will fight for the last playoffs spot in Sharjah on Tuesday.

Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have already qualified for the playoffs. 

RR and MI are still in contention. So are Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings; the latter, though, is the worst-placed among the contenders as it is on 10 points with just a game in hand.

For MI, the tournament’s most successful team with five titles, this has been a season of disappointment. Rohit Sharma’s men could still dream of an unprecedented hat-trick of trophies, but they cannot afford to wait any longer to get their act together.

RR is in a familiar situation. It will hope to cross the line this time around.

MI needs special performances from its match-winners such as Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult.

The Royals may have been handicapped in the second phase by the absence of three of their biggest match-winners, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer, but they could take heart from the way Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shivam Dube, Evin Lewis and skipper Sanju Samson chased down a formidable target set by CSK in their last match.


RankBest BatsmenTeamRuns Scored
1.Sanju SamsonRR527
2.Ajinkya Rahane

MI (2008-2010)

RR (2011-2015)

3.Kieron PollardMI373
RankBest BowlersTeamWickets Taken
1.Dhawal Kulkarni

MI (2008-13, 2020-)

Rajasthan Royals (2014-15)

2.Kieron PollardMI15
3.Harbhajan SinghMI14


Mumbai Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

Rajasthan Predicted XI: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh/Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman


Rajasthan Royals Squad: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Chris Morris, Manan Vohra, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Tabraiz Shamsi, KC Cariappa, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Gerald Coetzee, Kuldip Yadav

Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, James Neesham, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Chris Lynn, Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Piyush Chawla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Roosh Kalaria, Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh, Simarjeet Singh


The IPL 2021 match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals begins at 7:30 PM IST.


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