RR vs MI: The big picture
RR vs MI: The Mumbai Indians are on the verge of statistical humiliation. They’ve never experienced more than eight losses in a single IPL season. Despite their reputation for being poor starts, they’ve won five championships and have never lost more than eight games in a single season. They’re already there with six games to go this time.
Despite the fact that they’re all but out of contention for a top-four finish, they’re just one loss away from equaling the longest losing streak by any club in an IPL season. They first face Rajasthan Royals, who arrive with three wins on the trot, in their bid to prevent both this sequence and a team record of ninth loss in a season.
Apart from their batting inconsistency, MI have death overs worries too, with Jaydev Unadkat having the worst economy rate in the death among the 32 bowlers with at least 25 overs in the phase between 16 and 20 of 12.17. Their overseas imports Tymal Mills and Daniel Sams have failed to contain runs too, which has been another area MI is falling short.
After their last loss against LSG, a disappointed Rohit Sharma said, “The season hasn’t gone the way we intended it to go, but such things happen.” They have a difficult mountain to climb in RR to win their first race, but they’d like to believe that the only path from here is up – even if it’s just for pride.
RR vs MI: Match details
When: April 30, Saturday, 7.30 PM
Where: DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Head to Head: RR 12-13, on the other hand, has won six of nine games since 2018, with a victory percentage of 66.67, the most of any team facing the five-time winners.
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RR vs MI: Team-wise strategies and tactics
With both Ashwin and Chahal having dismissed Pollard five times each, they may be held back a tad in their match-ups against him. Against both, Pollard has an average of only 15 and 16.60.
Probable XI: Ravichandran Ashwin, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Daryl Mitchell, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Buttler averages just 12.25 against the MI pacer and has four dismissals. Bumrah upfront is MI’s best shot to contain Buttler’s onslaught. He’s also managed to keep Devdutt Padikkal and skipper Samson at bay. Bumrah has dismissed Padikkal twice in 18 balls.
Probable XI: Hrithik Shokeen, Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Jaydev Unadkat, Riley Meredith, Jasprit Bumrah
RR vs MI: Trivia
Mumbai Indians are just one loss short of being on par with the longest losing sequence in an IPL season.
Mumbai Indians have lost 15 and won just 7 games in the 22 matches they have played between the span of 2021 and 2022. They currently have a win percentage of 31.82 %.
Sanju Samson has won six of seven matches that he has lost the toss on. Rajasthan Royals have lost the only match they have won the toss.