Rajasthan face a do-or-die situation when they Mumbai in the first match of Saturday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Royals are currently placed seventh, with only four points from eight matches, and making the playoffs seems like a distant thought now. Mumbai, in contrast, goes in having successfully overcome Delhi in their last game.
Rajasthan would be ruing the fact that they could not chase down 183 against Punjab despite being in the hunt for the most part. Ajinkya Rahane had a really poor game as he just could not accelerate when needed. Rajasthan' over-dependence on Jos Buttler also has cost them dearly. They desperately need the likes of Steve Smith and Sanju Samson to fire.
Smith, who sat out of the last game, is likely to be back in place of Ashton Turner. He would want to make an impact for sure. Samson, unfortunately, has lost his touch after that hundred he got earlier in the tournament. In the bowling department, Jofra Archer has stood out but the rest need to somehow stand up and fire.
Mumbai will be fresh off the win against Delhi Capitals. Rahul Chahar picked up three wickets and was mainly responsible for derailing Delhi's chase. Their batting too has been very impressed with everyone from Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock to Kieron Pollard contributing. And the finishing from Hardik Pandya has been at an altogether different level.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag.