After an action-packed weekend, Mumbai and Rajasthan face off in match 20 of the Indian T20 league 2020 on Tuesday.
The momentum is in opposite directions for the teams as Mumbai have won their last two matches and Rajasthan have lost their last two games. In the points table, they sit at first and fifth place, respectively.
Mumbai is looking more strong and confident with each match. The balance in the team is good and the contributions are coming from everyone on the team. Q de Kock came back to form in the last match against Hyderabad with a score of 67. K Pandya’s cameo ( 20 runs off 4 balls) with the bat and 4 good overs with the ball helped Mumbai win.
Mumbai’s pace bowlers have been impressive so far in the tournament, picking up 22 wickets together in the five matches played. T Boult, J Bumrah, and J Pattinson are 3rd, 6th, and 7th respectively in the race of the Purple Cap.
Rajasthan started out well in the tournament, winning their first two matches. But because of the top order not firing in the last two games, they had to suffer defeats in both. S Smith and S Samson scored a total of 20 runs, which put pressure on a weak middle order of Rajasthan. They need to fire if Rajasthan wants to make a fight in this match.
Apart from Jofra Archer, nobody looked like taking wickets and troubling the batsmen. J Unadkat and T Curran have to contribute more and pick up wickets for the team to do better. Also, the return of B Stokes will strengthen both the middle order and the bowling attack.
Rajasthan was able to do the double over Bangalore twice in the last two years. The overall head-to-head record of the two teams reads equal, with each team winning 11 out of the 23 matches.
With the points table starting to take shape and every two points crucial, we should be in for another cracking encounter.
- Match: Mumbai vs. Rajasthan, Match 20
- Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
- Date & Time: Oct. 6, 2020, at 7.30 PM IST
Probable Playing XI
Q de Kock (WK), Rohit S (C), S Yadav, I Kishan, K Pollard, H Pandya, K Pandya, J Pattinson, R Chahar, T Boult, J Bumrah
J Buttler (WK), S Smith (C), S Samson, R Uthappa, R Parag, M Lomror, R Tewatia, S Gopal, T Curran, J Archer, and J Unadkat
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium has produced competitive pitches, with an equal contest between the bat and the ball. Although there is some swing and spin on offer for the pacers and spinners respectively, it is still a good wicket to bat on.
Teams have preferred to have wickets in hand and then attack in the last five overs, a ploy that has already worked well for the likes of Mumbai and Hyderabad. Teams have preferred to field on winning the toss, with three successful chases in the six matches at the venue. This trend could change in the coming days. The average score has been 167 at the venue.
- Q de Kock and R Sharma would like to see off Archer and attack the other bowlers from the start.
- K Pollard is finishing off innings consistently, which is evident from the 4 not-outs in the 5 games he has played.
- J Bumrah and J Pattinson will look to do more damage to a brittle-looking Rajasthan line-up.
- J Buttler and S Smith have failed in the last two matches and would look to set the innings up for S Samson and the rest.
- J Archer has bowled with purpose and once again will be a threat for the opposition batsmen.
Howzat Dream Team
- Wicketkeepers: Q de Kock, J Buttler, S Samson
- Batsmen: S Smith, S Yadav, R Uthappa
- All-rounders: K Pollard, K Pandya
- Bowlers: J Archer, J Pattinson, T Boult
- Captain: S Smith/ J Buttler
- Vice Captain: K Pollard/ J Archer
NOTE: The Howzat dream team above is just a suggestion. You can select your own fantasy cricket team by using your knowledge of cricket. Also, don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your team once the actual playing 11 is announced by each team (30 minutes before the start of the match) as some players you have selected might not be part of the playing 11.