Ajinkya Rahane IPL 2019 Rajasthan Royals
Ajinkya Rahane (AFP Photo)

The door to IPL playoffs could be shut on Rajasthan Royals soon if they fail to improve now. They are up against an ever-improving Mumbai Indians who have surged to the second spot in IPL 2019 points table and another win will could see them displace Chennai Super Kings from the top.

RR have won just two matches so far, losing six while MI have lost three and won six. While mathematically, Ajinkya Rahane’s men still can make the playoffs but they must vastly improve their performances, especially in crunch match situations.

They have lost several close matches this season, surrendering positions of strength. Despite their struggles, RR will take confidence from the fact that out of their two wins, one has come against MI and that too at Wankhede. Could they complete the double? Or the doors will keep on closing on their chances?

Speaking of turnaround, it’s something that MI have forged a pretty stunning one this season. After missing out the Playoffs last season, MI have been at their dominating best and it reflects through their position on the points table.

The teams have met 22 times in IPL history with MI winning 11, RR winning 10 and one producing no result.

Match Prediction: Mumbai Indians should beat Rajasthan Royals

Probable XIs

RR: 1 Rahul Tripathi, 2 Jos Buttler, 3 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 4 Sanju Samson, 5 Ben Stokes/Ashton Turner, 6 Stuart Binny, 7 Jofra Archer, 8 Shreyas Gopal, 9 Jaydev Unadkat, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Ish Sodhi

MI: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Kieron Pollard, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Ben Cutting, 8 Jayant Yadav, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Jasprit Bumrah