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IPL 2020 | MI opt to bat first vs unchanged RR in Abu Dhabi with eye on play-off spot

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Mumbai Indians’ stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard opted to bat first on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi for the IPL 2020 match in opposition to Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. Mumbai, the defending champions, nearly stand a win away from sealing their playoffs spot. 

Rohit Sharma continues to stay on the sidelines owing to the hamstring harm he incurred forward of the Chennai Super Kings recreation. Mumbai made only one change for the match – James Pattinson in for Nathan Coulter-Nile. 

“We’re going to bat. Just one change – Pattinson in for Coulter-Nile. Pitch is fairly good. Done pretty well batting first. Couple of venues dew has played a major factor. Here, not so much. Whatever you do you have to do it properly,” Pollard mentioned after profitable the toss. 

Rajasthan Royals made no adjustments to their lineup for the essential tie. 

“We’ve played some reasonable cricket without getting over the line. Last one was a bit disappointing. Hopefully we can get over the line. We’ve got three games, for us it’s about winning them all. See how we go,” mentioned captain Steve Smith. 

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w), Jos Buttler, Steven Smith(c), Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

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