The change of game in the XI resulted in a change of fortune. Rajasthan Royals (RR) will wonder why they have delayed reconsidering the combination, and hope not to look back. It took them a long time, but against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the Royals eventually eliminated the non-performers and collapsed by five wickets.
The great chase will give Sanju Samson & Company the necessary impetus to go into a crucial clash against the Mumbai Indians (MI) in Sharjah on Tuesday. Like RR, Rohit Sharma’s side are desperate to win, just to win a play-off spot. Both teams have 10-10 points in the points table, of which the first is sixth and the next is seventh.
With the likes of Joycewal, Evin Lewis and Samson at the top, the Royals can expect a quality start to the innings again. Areas of concern, their middle order, which seemed heavier after the inclusion of Shivam Dubey and Glenn Phillips, will be in focus again.

Against CSK, Duber’s unbeaten 422 balls were destructive and Phillips’ unbeaten 1 off balls gave the impression of a bright cameo. The Royals hope it will weigh on what they saw three nights ago.
Of course, Samson would agree with Dive who said they got ‘good confidence from this game’. “It was important to finish this game at this stage. We are confident now,” Dubey said after his match-winning reputation.
Defending champion MI, with multiple stars on the squad, is currently a pale shadow of the team everyone has seen everyone dominate season after season. They have registered just one win in the last five matches and obviously they don’t have the speed.
But going forward, a good sign for MI is that Suryakumar Yadav’s last innings was 33 off 2 balls. Their bowling coach Shane Bond believes Yadav’s dismissal against the Delhi Capitals indicates that he “is getting that fluency and looks like the way he played last season.”
Rohit will at least be confident about his bowling unit which is more experienced and advanced than RR’s.
This will be RR’s first match in Sharjah and MI’s second match in the second leg. If anything goes to Bond’s words, MI “won’t change the plan too much.” They would rather hope that “the batsmen will convert their start, while the bowlers will remove the free ball and make the opponent harder.”


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