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RR vs MI

With less than 10 days to go for the crowning of the IPL 2021 winner, it comes down to the battle for the fourth spot that's being contested so fiercely.

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RR vs MI

Of the four teams vying for the spot, KKR are best-placed given their superior NRR. However, Rajasthan Royals can throw a spanner in their works should they win the remainder of their two games - the first of which is against the Mumbai Indians.

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RR vs MI

The defending champions have punched below their weight since resumption. They've lost four out of their five games in the UAE.

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RR vs MI

Part of the reason has been their batsmen struggling against some of the two-paced wickets in the heat of the Middle East. No batsmen in the MI line-up has struck over 120 since the league moved.

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RR vs MI

They've struggled to get the spinners away and have failed to accelerate in the middle overs with a misfiring middle order.

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RR vs MI

That said, MI still have a side that can overcome any opponent on their day, and as history has shown, they bring out their best game when their backs are against the wall.

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RR vs MI

On the other hand, if anyone can overcome the might of MI, it is RR, and it shows in their record against them since 2018; they've won 5 of their 7 clashes against Rohit Sharma's side.

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RR vs MI

RR have struggled for consistency themselves, but against CSK, they seemed to have had a near-perfect batting game with the top four coming good.

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RR vs MI

It helped them chase down 190 with two overs to spare. They will hope to carry forward that momentum when they take on MI.

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