MI is the IPL team that represents the financial capital of India, Mumbai. The success attained by this franchise is unparallel. With four IPL victories and two Champions League trophies to its name, MI is a beast in its own regard. Mumbai Indians also conquered the most recent season of IPL. This track-record is the team’s biggest strength. After struggling in the initial seasons, MI showcased a return to form that still feels fresh. The captaincy of the team currently rests in the capable hands of Rohit Sharma. Apart from being a fantastic captain, Sharma is also the team’s leading run-scorer. On the bowling end, Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker of the squad.
On the other hand, RR is a team that has struggled with allegations of unethical conduct on various occasions. The Supreme Court suspended RR in 2015 for engaging in a betting scandal two years before the verdict. CSK was the only other team to undergo the same suspension. Thus, RR was not a part of the 2016 and 2017 seasons of the IPL tournament. However, the team made its return to the format in 2018 and finished the season with the 4th position. The 2019 season was a different story altogether. Rajasthan Royals ended the most recent rendition of the IPL with the second last position at the points table.
MI and RR share a unique competitive dynamic that fans of both the teams seem to enjoy. It would be exhilarating to find out which team comes out on top in IPL’s upcoming season.
Despite the presence of star players and strong batting line-up, RR remains perennial underachievers of IPL since 2008. The team won their only IPL trophy in the year 2008.
The team has also made it to the playoffs three times. In the last season, RR was led by Ajinkya Rahane for a large part of the tournament. Towards the fag end of IPL, Steven Smith took charge of the leadership. Sanju Samson has also impressed with his consistent performance. This year Jos Butler has been selected as captain of RR. Ben Stock, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal will feature in IPL 2020 among others.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have emerged as the most successful of IPL teams having won more titles than any other side. MI has four IPL titles in its kitty and won all of them under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. MI has been featured in IPL finals five times. MI had many legendary players in its squad that may include Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasurya, Ricky Ponting among others. MI also discovered talented players like Japrit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. MI won its first IPL in the year 2013 by defeating CSK. It won its next IPL title in 2015 by defeating CSK yet again. MI won its third and fourth IPL titles in 2017 and 2019.
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|Robin Uthappa||c: Pollard b: Pattinson||13||11||2||0||118.18|
|Ben Stokes||not out||107||60||14||3||178.33|
|Steven Smith||b: Pattinson||11||8||1||1||137.50|
|Sanju Samson||not out||54||31||4||3||174.19|
|Total||(18.2 Ov, RR: 10.69)||196/2|
|Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Robin Uthappa, 1.5), 2-44 (Steven Smith, 4.4)|
|Ishan Kishan||c: Archer b: Tyagi||37||36||4||1||102.78|
|Quinton de Kock||b: Archer||6||4||0||1||150.00|
|Suryakumar Yadav||c: Stokes b: Gopal||40||26||4||1||153.85|
|Saurabh Tiwary||c: Stokes b: Archer||34||25||4||1||136.00|
|Kieron Pollard||b: Gopal||6||4||0||1||150.00|
|Hardik Pandya||not out||60||21||2||7||285.71|
|Krunal Pandya||not out||3||4||0||0||75.00|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 9.75)||195/5|
|Fall of wickets: 2-90 (Ishan Kishan, 10.4), 1-7 (Quinton de Kock, 0.5), 3-95 (Suryakumar Yadav, 12.2), 5-165 (Saurabh Tiwary, 18.1), 4-101 (Kieron Pollard, 12.6)|
The last match played between MI and RR could have gone either way. However, Rajasthan Royals bested MI’s target score in the final over of the match. Players delivered steady performances from both the teams. The final scorecard declared RR’s victory with 5 wickets to spare, and 5 balls to face.
MI and RR have gone head-to-head against each other for a total of 23 times. Out of all these clashes, only 22 were played. Out of the 23 matches between both the teams, one was abandoned before even the first ball was bowled. Thus, both teams have won 11 matches each against each other.
This balance between victories and losses makes every interaction between both these teams a nail-biting ordeal. However, when the overall tournament performances of these franchises are compared, Mumbai Indians hold the higher ground. After all, MI is the most decorated team in the history of the IPL tournament. Mumbai Indians gave its worst performance in the 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League. That was the only and only year in which MI did not make it to the top 5 spots on the points table. However, the Rajasthan Royals also boast a robust line-up.
The 2-year suspension faced by RR doesn’t take away from the fact that this team won the inaugural edition of IPL. RR also held the runner-up position in 2013’s Champions League Twenty20 tournament. This team has all the required ingredients to become a fierce competitor in 2020’s IPL. When we take a look at the batsmen with the most runs among MI and RR, Sanju Samson tops the list. Dhawal Kulkarni of Rajasthan Royals has taken the most wickets.
The Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan are locked in at 11 wins each. Talk about a rivalry!
Games played: 233
Rajasthan Royals wins: 11
Mumbai Indians wins: 11
No Result: 1
|2019||Rajasthan Royals||5 Wickets||Jaipur|
|2019||Rajasthan Royals||4 Wickets||Mumbai|
|2018||Rajasthan Royals||7 Wickets||Mumbai|
|2018||Rajasthan Royals||3 Wickets||Jaipur|
|2015||Mumbai Indians||8 Runs||Mumbai|
|2015||Rajasthan Royals||7 Wickets||Ahmedabad|
|2014||Mumbai Indians||5 Wickets||Mumbai|
|2014||Mumbai Indians||25 Runs||Ahmedabad|
|2013||Mumbai Indians||33 Runs||Delhi|
|2013||Rajasthan Royals||7 Wickets||Jaipur|
|2013||Mumbai Indians||4 Wickets||Kolkata|
|2013||Rajasthan Royals||87 Runs||Jaipur|
|2013||Mumbai Indians||14 Runs||Mumbai|
|2012||Mumbai Indians||10 Wickets||Jaipur|
|2012||Mumbai Indians||27 Runs||Mumbai|
|2011||Rajasthan Royals||10 Wickets||Mumbai|
|2011||Rajasthan Royals||7 Wickets||Jaipur|
|2010||Mumbai Indians||37 Runs||Jaipur|
|2010||Mumbai Indians||4 Runs||Mumbai (BS)|
|2009||Rajasthan Royals||3 Wickets||Durban|
|2008||Rajasthan Royals||5 Wickets||Jaipur|
|2008||Mumbai Indians||7 Wickets||Mumbai (DY)|
Rajasthan Royals stood its ground once again in 2019. However, this match was much more of a close-call compared to the last year. Mumbai Indians batted the 1st innings yet again. This time around, the team amassed a respectable total of 187 runs at the loss of 5 wickets. Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma exhibited steady batsmanship and did most of the heavy lifting. However, despite attacks from all fronts, MI was unable to disintegrate RR’s successful chase of the target score. Jos Buttler gave a jaw-dropping performance and earned the player of the match title once again. He scored 89 quick runs in 43 balls. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson helped fill the gaps that Buttler missed. Jofra Archer of Rajasthan Royals took 3 wickets down. 2 of the players that he sent back to the pavilion were Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock (both were caught out). What’s even more interesting is that Jos Buttler was the one who caught the ball both the times.
RR and MI faced each other in 2019 on April 20. It seemed luck favored RR as it continuously won the toss and the matches as well. In the last match, RR won the toss and put MI to bat first. MI could not reach beyond 200 and yet again made a moderate target of 161 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. Quintin de Kock emerged as the leading run-scorer with 65 runs off 47 balls. He was supported by Surykumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya with 34 and 23 runs respectively. Royals did not face any difficulty chasing the total. Steve Smith was the leading run-getter with 59 runs off 48 balls. Riyan Parag and Sanju Samson scored 43 and 35 runs in the match. Royals attained the target in 19.1 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. The match took place at RR’s home ground Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Steve Smith was the player of the match for his score of 59 runs.
Rajasthan Royals and MI played two matches in the year 2019. And, it seemed to be the repeat of 2018. RR won both the games defeating Mumbai Indians. In the first match, RR won by four wickets, and in the second one, RR won by five wickets. The trends also revealed that RR preferred to bowl first when given an option. In the first match, RR won the toss yet again and opted to field first. MI’s Quinton de Kock scored quick 81 off 52 balls. He was followed by Rohit Sharma who made 47 runs from 32 balls and Hardik Pandya (28 runs). From RR’s side, the leading run-scorer was Jos Butler with quick 89 runs off 43 balls. Supporting him, Ajinkya Rahane scored 37, and Sanju Samson made 31 runs. Jofra Archer emerged as the leading wicket-taker with 3 wickets. The match was played at Wankhade’s stadium. Royals chased the target in 19.3 overs and registered a win against MI by 4 wickets. Joss Butler was declared player of the match for his quick score of 89 runs. Royals made 100 runs in the first 10 overs itself by losing only 1 wicket. It reflected that the Royals had a strong grip in the match right from the beginning.
In 2018’s home-ground against RR, MI faced a clear defeat. Jos Buttler was declared man of the match. MI was the first team to bat, and put together a decent total of 168 runs. However, Rajasthan Royal tore through the bowling squad with ease and finished the match with 12 balls to spare. Jos Buttler’s incredible batting performance contributed significantly to Rajasthan Royals victory. He swung his bat in all the right directions and scored 94 runs in 53 balls. Furthermore, he even retained his wicket till the very end of the match. At the bowling front, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes of RR took two wickets each. All in all, this face-off at the Wankhede Stadium didn’t end well for Mumbai Indians.
Rajasthan Royals and MI played two IPL matches in the year 2018. Both the games were won by RR. In the first match, RR defeated MI by three wickets with two deliveries left. While in the second game, RR won by seven wickets with 12 balls left. In the first match, MI had won the toss and opted to bat first. The team made a moderate score of 167 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 7 wickets. Rajasthan Royals chased the target successfully in 19.4 overs. Sanju Samson was the leading scorer with a quick 52 off 39 balls. Ben Stokes made 40 runs in 27 balls while Krishnappa Gowtham scored superfast 33 runs in just 11 balls. The match took place at RR’s home ground Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Jofra Archer of RR became player of the match as he claimed three wickets. In the second match, RR had won the toss and decided to field first. Mumbai Indians yet again made a small score of 166 runs for six wickets. RR comfortably chased the target only in the 18th over. Jos Butler scored 94 runs in just 53 deliveries. RR got off to a flying start and lost a mere three wickets while chasing the target. The match took place at Mumbai Indians’ home ground Wankhede stadium. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes claimed two wickets each.