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IPL 2024: Match 14 (MI vs RR) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - Apr 1, 2024 11:03 am
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The iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is set to host a high-voltage clash between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in IPL 2024. This match carries significant weight for both teams. MI, desperate for their first win, will be looking to capitalize on their home advantage, while RR aims to extend their winning streak and maintain their dominance over their rivals.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

Despite showing competitiveness in their opening encounters against the Gujarat Titans and Sunrisers Hyderabad, MI has fallen short of securing victory. This upcoming match against RR presents a crucial opportunity for the five-time champions to turn the tide. The familiar setting of Wankhede Stadium, where they have enjoyed immense success in the past, could be the X-factor they need. In stark contrast to MI’s struggles, RR has enjoyed a dream start to the season.

Commanding victories against Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals have propelled them to the top of the points table. However, a new challenge awaits them – performing away from the comfort of their home ground. Their performance at Wankhede Stadium will be a true test of their adaptability. Since 2018, RR has emerged as a formidable force against MI, boasting a record that rivals the five-time champions.

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This encounter promises to be another exciting chapter in their ongoing cricketing rivalry. RR will be keen to extend their recent dominance over MI, while the Mumbai Indians will be determined to rewrite the narrative on their home turf. While the overall team performance is crucial, individual battles within the match will also be a sight to behold. Here are some of the key player matchups that promise to be thrilling:

#1 Sanju Samson vs Piyush Chawla

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson

RR skipper Sanju Samson has a reputation for flourishing against spinners in the middle overs. However, facing the seasoned leg-spinner Piyush Chawla will be a significant challenge. Chawla has dismissed Samson twice in their seven IPL encounters. While Samson boasts an impressive strike rate of 157.50 against Chawla, the battle between experience and aggression promises to be a thrilling watch.

#2 Rohit Sharma vs Trent Boult

rohit sharma
Rohit Sharma

Like many other right-handed Indian batsmen, Rohit Sharma has had his struggles against swing bowlers. Trent Boult, known for generating early swing with the new ball, poses a considerable threat to Sharma. Despite Sharma’s good form in MI’s recent matches, he needs to be extra cautious against Boult, who has dismissed him four times across T20 and T20I formats. However, Sharma has also shown an ability to counter Boult’s swing, scoring runs at a healthy rate of 135.2 against him in the past.

#3 Jos Buttler vs Jasprit Bumrah

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler

One of the most destructive batsmen in modern cricket, Jos Buttler, has been struggling with his form recently. Facing the lethal Jasprit Bumrah in this match only adds to the pressure. Buttler needs to be ultra-cautious against Bumrah, who has dismissed him four times in T20 and T20I matches. With Bumrah’s pace and accuracy, Buttler’s ability to score quickly (his current strike rate against Bumrah is a modest 86.76) will be crucial for RR’s batting success.