Abu Dhabi: The defending champions Mumbai Indians will lock horns with the underdogs Rajasthan Royals this evening in Abu Dhabi. Coming into this match, Rajasthan Royals will be looking to return to their winning ways after losing the last two matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. Steve Smith led Rajasthan started this year’s campaign with a promising start but the last two losses have had put a dent in their fight for the title. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have had complete opposite fortunes to Rajasthan Royals winning the last two matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. So far, both teams have recorded 10 wins each in their previous meetings.

Rohit Sharma, Kieran Pollard and Quinton de Rock will be vital in today’s match against Rajasthan and if the top order delivers as predicted, Rajasthan will have to work hard to beat Mumbai. As for the top order of Rajasthan, Sanju Samson has been a sort of revelation for their fans with Tewatia and established Steve Smith playing their roles comfortably. The match outcome will heavily depend on how the top order bats during the first innings if either team chooses to bat first and the middle order will have to bear a significant amount of work if either team chooses to chase the target.