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Focus on Pollard, Joseph as MI eye 4th straight win

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

West Indian duo of and will hog the limelight when Indians lock horns with an out-of-sorts Royals in an IPL match in which Rohit Sharma's return from will also be awaited here Saturday.

A had forced Rohit to miss an IPL game for the first time in 11 seasons when he set out of Mumbai's last game against Kings XI Punjab.

In his absence, stand-in ensured MI continue its good run as his whirlwind 83-run knock helped the side script a three-wicket win in a humdinger on Wednesday.

The winning runs were hit by 22-year-old Alzarri Joseph, who has been the new sensation in this year's cash-rich

After a dream debut where he returned with best IPL figures of six for 12 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Alzarri (15 not out) played a crucial cameo against Kings XI to romp the side home.

So it would be interesting to see whether the Antigua-born Joseph and the big-hitting Pollard can carry their form into Saturday's game.

who would be in focus is Jofra Archer, who had given Royal a chance to defend 151 against Chennai Super Kings last night with a superb spell of fast

are currently placed at the third spot with four wins from six matches, while are languishing at the seventh position with a solitary win from six matches.

Rohit's had given a scare to ahead of but Pollard has made it clear that the missed the last game just as a precautionary measure and he should be back in the next game.

"Obviously, Rohit is the and it was only a precautionary measure for the team. He should be back in the next game," Pollard had said.

Rohit's inclusion will not only put to rest any doubts about his fitness but also boost the Mumbai's batting line-up, which also comprises Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and ever-reliable Surya Kumar Yadav.

The hosts have Jasprit Bumrah along with Australian pacer apart from Joseph and on their day, they can rip apart any good batting line up.

Rajasthan would be wary of MI's attack after they were reduced to a 53 for three by CSK last night. None of the batsmen could score a big innings with emerging as the top-scorer with 28 run.

RR's batting line-up, including skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, and will need to pull up their socks to confront the bowlers at the

Archer had a decent outing against Chennai Super Kings and his performance would also be key.

pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni along with Shreyas Gopal and leggie Riyan Parag would have to deliver for their skipper if they have to stay alive and make it to the Playoffs.

English all-rounders Ben Strokes, who was hit for a six by New Zealand's to seal the four-wicket win for Chennai, will have to come up with something special with both bat and ball.

Teams (from):

Mumbai Indians: (C), (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Alzarri Joseph, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, (wk), Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav.

Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, (C), (WK), Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra,

Match starts at 4 PM.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 12:15 IST