06 Oct 2020: IPL: Decoding performance of Steve Smith against Mumbai Indians
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will host the match, which has assisted the fast bowlers so far.
Across the years, RR skipper Steve Smith has fared well against the Rohit Sharma-led franchise in the league so far.
Let us analyze the same.
Smith vs MI: A look at Smith's IPL record against MI
In the IPL, Smith has amassed 2,149 runs from 76 innings at an average of 37.05.
He also boasts a strike-rate of 129.92 in the tournament.
Notably, he is the highest run-scorer against MI among the active RR players, having racked up 412 runs from 12 games at a strike-rate of 130.79.
The phenomenal tally also includes 10 sixes and 35 fours.
Fact: More records of Smith vs MI
Smith has an average of 51.50 against MI in the IPL, second-highest after KL Rahul (62.87). The former has also registered four 50+ scores against them. In 2017, Smith smashed a total of 153 runs against MI at 51.00, playing for Rising Pune Supergiant.
Battles: How Smith fares against MI bowlers
Smith has tackled the Mumbai Indians bowlers well in the IPL, thus far.
As of now, he has managed to score 45 runs off 40 balls by Jasprit Bumrah, while Bumrah has dismissed him twice.
Although he scored only six runs off four balls by Trent Boult, the latter is yet to dismiss him.
Smith is also unbeaten against leg-spinner Rahul Chahar.
Fact: IPL: Steve Smith vs Jasprit Bumrah
MI vs RR: What to expect?
MI are deemed favorites for the upcoming clash as they have found their perfect combination early on.
However, it is interesting to note that the Royals have beaten MI on all four occasions since their return to IPL in 2018.
RR captain Smith, who has already slammed two fifties in the ongoing season (69 vs CSK, 50 vs KXIP), will be raring to go.