MI vs RR: For both the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals, the start of a new season follows a familiar pattern. MI started off with a loss, but Rajasthan Royals put on a solid all-around performance to take the lead in the point standings.
More than the obvious vulnerability in the middle order, which will be bolstered by Suryakumar Yadav’s return, the spotlight will be on the bowlers, who failed to protect 177 against the Delhi Capitals. Despite having reduced them to 104 for 6 at one point, the fact that DC was able to cross the finish line speaks a lot about MI’s poor start, with the No. 5 and No. 8 batters causing MI to lose. The think tank will have a lot of work ahead of it, especially in terms of research.
Match Details: MI vs RR
Match: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
Match 9 Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Time: 3.30 PM
Venue: DY Patil, Mumbai
Live Streaming: Star Sports network, Disney+Hotstar
What to Expect: MI vs RR
There should be no change in the trend of opting to chase as far as the previous conditions are concerned. Dew will play a major role in the two matches so far at the venue this year. The teams that chased the previous games have gone on to win their respective contests.
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Head to head: MI vs RR
In their 24 meetings, MI has won 13 games and RR has only won 11. Although MI leads the overall head-to-head, since 2018, Rajasthan Royals have caught up and made ground with a 5-3 lead. The win percentage of RR is high when it comes to teams played against MI.
Playing XI of Mumbai Indians
The good news is that Suryakumar Yadav will return to the team and this could give them a boost for the middle order. Ishan Kishan is also cleared of any sort of injuries.
The Mumbai Indians spearhead Jasprit Bumrah could be the destroyer of RR’s top order.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Daniel Sams/Riley Meredith, Murugan Ashwin, Basil Thampi
Playing XI of Rajasthan Royals
There will be doubts regarding using R Ashwin in the powerplay factoring Rohit’s history against the off-spinner. However, Yuzvendra Chahal could be given a go since Ishan Kishan averages just 15 against him.
Both Ashwin and Chahal can be very crucial in the middle overs.
Probable XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna
MI vs RR: Trivia ahead of the upcoming match
Sanju Samson has begun each of his last three IPL seasons by scoring a half-century at a strike rate of 200.
Samson has also won the player of the match in his second match of a season on four occasions since IPL 2017 (2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020).