The 45th match of the IPL 2020 tournament between the blockbuster teams, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, could all be about match-ups. We take a look at a key game plan that could play a role in the 45th game of IPL 2020 – RR vs MI.
NOTE: Stats are updated till 23rd October (Match No. 41 of IPL 2020)
RR vs MI: Take a gamble and pick Akash Singh?
Mumbai Indians started the 2020 IPL campaign with different players performing in different matches. Rohit Sharma came up with a couple of good knocks, Keiron Pollard has been finishing off the innings in style while Quinton de Kock has got into a superb patch of form here. Even Ishan Kishan has got back into rhythm in the last game against CSK after a string of low scores. So, how can Rajasthan stop this daunting batting line-up?
RR’s strike bowler, Jofra Archer has been in cracking form this season. He has bowled at a rapid pace and moved the ball to make himself unplayable especially with the new ball. In the Powerplay, he has picked up seven wickets while having an incredible economy rate of 4.65 runs per over. He will be an automatic threat but the support pacers haven’t been brilliant.
The young Kartik Tyagi has been quite good but he has conceded runs at 9.13 runs per over. The good thing for him is that he bounced out Quinton de Kock in the same ground when the two teams met each other earlier in the month.
In the last game, Ankit Rajpoot bowled just one over and conceded 11 runs. If RR are not confident with him, it wouldn’t be a bad choice to go with Kartik Tyagi’s U-19 team-mate Akash Singh. The left-arm Akash bowls good pace and also swings the new ball. He might just be the perfect foil for Jofra Archer with the new ball.
If we look at the statistics since IPL 2018, there are three types of bowling that troubles the Mumbai batsmen commonly. They are left-arm fast-medium, right-arm fast and leg-spin. In Akash Singh, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal, Rajasthan have got all these bowlers. They need to take a gamble and have faith in young Akash even though this might be a too late for a rookie to come in and perform straight-away under a pressure situation.
Meanwhile, Shreyas Gopal also has a pretty good record inside the Powerplay in this ongoing IPL season. He has picked up a couple of wickets while going for only six runs per over. It might not be a bad idea to bowl him early given how the Mumbai batsmen fare against leg-spin and also Rajasthan’s poor showing in the first six overs. Rajasthan have been the second worst side during the Powerplay in spite of Jofra Archer’s brilliance.
So, this might just be the game for Rajasthan to tweak a little bit as a loss could mean the end of their campaign. The tournament is on the line and some key decisions have to be taken quickly.