The Rajasthan Royals will be facing the defending champions Mumbai Indians in match number 9 of IPL 2022 at the DY Patil stadium. Both sides have had several fierce encounters in the past seasons. Their intense rivalry includes that famous match played back in 2014 where Mumbai managed to chase down a mammoth looking total of 189 runs inside 14.3 overs, thereby earning a spot in the playoffs with a run rate better than that of their fellow opponents, Rajasthan.
As of now, both teams seem to be evenly poised with batting and bowling strengths. Rajasthan however had a winning start to the season against Sunrisers Hyderabad, unlike the Indians who had to suffer a loss against the Delhi Capitals to everyone’s surprise. Despite all the past happenings, it will be a point to prove for both sides when they face off in tomorrow’s match.
MI vs RR: Match Details
- Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 9
- Venue: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
- Date &Time: April 2nd at 3:30 PM IST
Rajasthan Royals: Analysis
Gameplan: Rajasthan definitely will be a happy side after their emphatic win in the opening match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their batting display in particular was too good to handle for any opponent side let alone Hyderabad. Samson, Buttler and the other batters looked in really good touch in their previous match which is a big threat to any side that is to face the Royals in the upcoming matches.
The bowlers also ably assisted a good batting performance by strangling the Sunrisers’ batting thereby providing their side with a victory by a considerably good margin to boost their net run rate forward. Thus Rajasthan will be hoping for another equally efficient display from all their departments once again in tomorrow’s game against the Mumbai Indians.
Probable Playing XI:- Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult.
Mumbai Indians: Analysis
Gameplan: The Indians couldn’t start off their campaign with a win as they faced a tough defeat at the hands of the Delhi Capitals in their opening game of this season. In spite of having a strong repower in the match for the majority of the time, Mumbai failed to execute their plans in the moments when it mattered the most, which resulted in their loss. The batters provided the side with a solid platform when they came out to bat in the first innings, as their trump card Ishan Kishan who was bought for a massive price of 15.25 crores in the mega auctions, smashed an unbeaten 81 to help his side post a total of 177.
The bowlers too did a good job to choke the DC batters by picking wickets at regular intervals. Just when it seemed that the game was in their hand, an unexpectedly good lower middle order partnership of Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav took the match away from them. All their specialist bowlers failed to stop the flow of runs in the death overs even with a lot of runs in the bank. Thus the team management would hope that a similar unfortunate circumstance does not occur again in the next game against the Royals as they manage to finally win their first game of the season.
Probable Top performers
The probable best batsman of the match – Ishan Kishan
After a brilliant unbeaten knock in the first match to help his team fight against the odds, there’s no doubt that a certain Ishan Kishan will once again be all set to deliver another beautiful performance with a bat in tomorrow’s game against Rajasthan Royals.
His sheer ability to go bang right from ball 1 will hopefully be indispensable just like the earlier occasions to his side once again as he helps his team counter the opposition bowling at all phases of the batting innings. His versatile style of batting which helps him to play the safe game as per the situation and also change gears towards the last overs makes him pretty much unique among the rest. Thus we predict him to be the best batsman in tomorrow’s important match for his side.
Probable best bowler of the match – Trent Boult
The opening spells of Trent Boult have always been a source of great help to all the teams that he’s played for so far in the IPL. The above also was seen in Rajasthan’s first match against the Sunrisers where a certain Trent Boult terrorised the Hyderabad top order with his amazing swing and pace early on in the innings.
Be it chasing a total or batting first, batsmen always need to be wary of Boult’s early overs where the Kiwi pacer seems to be at his best. Considering his present form and rhythm it won’t really be an easy task for any batsman to counter such brilliant spells from him.
MI vs RR: Head to Head stats
The head to head stats between the two sides are pretty much close in spite of Mumbai Indians having an edge over the Royals with 13 wins out of the 25 matches played between them, while Rajasthan has won 11 times. Their famous rivalry will have another chapter added hopefully after an intense match tomorrow.
- Total Matches played – 25
- Won by MI – 13
- Won by RR – 11
MI vs RR: Winning Prediction
Probable winner of tomorrow’s match – Rajasthan Royals
After a lot of detailed analysis made based on the batting, bowling strengths of both the sides, the present form of all players and a dozen other aspects related to both the teams, we’ve felt that Rajasthan Royals might be the side to pick up the two points in tomorrow’s game after beating the Mumbai Indians in possibly another closely contested match.
In spite of both the sides being equally equipped with batting and bowling brilliance, the fact that with might give Rajasthan an edge in tomorrow’s match shall be the excellent form that the majority of their players currently are in. The fantastic rhythm of a quality batting order including Buttler, Samson, Jaiswal and Padikkal and also an equally able bowling lineup lead by Trent Boult Prasidh Krishna will not be easy for the Indians to break apart. Thus Rajasthan Royals are the most possible favourites to win tomorrow’s game against a seemingly weak Mumbai Indians.