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Rajasthan (Unchanged Playing XI) – Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (WK/C), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman.
Mumbai (Playing XI) – Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile (IN for Ishan Kishan), Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Rajasthan skipper, Sanju Samson, says that they would have liked to bowl too. Samson says they’re happy to do both and now have to put a good complete on the board. The skipper says each game is a different game and they come with a different perspective. Adds this is a new day and they expect it to be a good game. Sanju Samson informs they’re unchanged from their final game. Feels that his captaincy is getting better with every game and says when one has a good strengthen staff, it becomes easier.
Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai skipper, says that they saw the game the day past and it looks like a good surface, better than Chennai and they’re having a look forward to chasing. Adds that this surface looks a lot better and they’ve to back their instincts. Mentions that they wish to play fearless cricket and informs that Nathan Coulter-Nile replaces Ishan Kishan. States that you were given to make a couple of tactical changes and they are searhing for the correct balance. Feels that having a look at the conditions, they’ve picked the most productive XI.
TOSS – We are all set for the coin to go up for the first time in the bright sunshine of Delhi. Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma is out in the middle together with Rajasthan’s young captain, Sanju Samson. Rohit has the coin. Up it goes. Sanju calls Tails and it comes down as Heads. MUMBAI OPT TO FIELD!
PITCH REPORT – Ian Bishop and Ajit Agarkar are the pitch masters for the day. Ian Bishop says it is rather warm in Delhi. Informs both sides have some issues to solve. Bishop reminds us they’ve played one game less. Agarkar says that Rajasthan have had better conditions to play but have not played polite, while Mumbai will be happy to leave the slow pitches of Chennai. Agarkar tells the pitch will play polite like final night as there is some grass on it. Tells the groundsman have had to water the pitch a bit because of the heat and says that might see the team winning the toss wanting to bowl first. Agarkar also adds that the pitch might be reasonably cheesy at the start but reiterates that this is a good pitch to bat.
Hello and welcome to the first game of a double-header Thursday. Both Mumbai and Rajasthan play their first game in Delhi this season and both sides would hope to have a better outing in the capital city than their preceding base in Chennai and Mumbai respectively. The defending champions have not been at their best so far this season. Rohit and co. will hope that they are able to support their showing at these batting-friendly pitches of Delhi. Rajasthan, on the flip side, have blown cold and hot this season. Samson and co. though come to Delhi on the back of a convincing win over Kolkata. The inaugural champions will look to build on that winning momentum. Can Mumbai in the end get the better of Rajasthan or will Samson’s men retain their upper hand against mighty Mumbai? Stay tuned for toss and further updates.
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