IPL 2022, MI vs RR: Preview, stats, and Fantasy XI
Five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) would be facing one of their biggest rivals Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the ninth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL). MI suffered a four-wicket loss to Delhi Capitals in their opening game. Meanwhile, RR handed a 61-run drubbing to Sunrisers Hyderabad. The match will take place on Saturday at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai.
Only two matches have been played at this venue in the ongoing IPL season. The average first innings score has been 166.5. It is a bowl-first venue, as the chasing side has won on both occasions. The match will start at 3:30 PM IST. One can watch the game live on Star Sports Network and live-stream on the Hotstar app (paid subscription).
RR were class apart in their last outing against SRH. They posted 210 runs and later contained SRH to 149/7 in 20 overs. RR have the batting firepower with Jos Butter, Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, and Shimron Hetmyer. Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult can be banked to make early inroads. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin can be effective in the middle overs.
With Suryakumar Yadav being available from this game onward, MI's batting looks stronger than in the last fixture. Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan looked in sublime touch. Tilak Verma, with his 15-ball 22, looked promising on his MI debut. Bowling-wise, wrist-spinner Murugan Ashwin and Basil Thampi can be backed to claim breakthroughs. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah would be looking to better his numbers.
Both sides have locked horns on 25 occasions in IPL. Mumbai Indians have had the upper hand on 13 occasions, while Rajasthan Royals have scripted wins on 11 occasions. Only once has there been an abandoned game.
MI (probable XI): Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Tilak Verma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi. RR (probable XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (captain and wicket-keeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, James Neesham, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna.
As per Cricketpedia, Suryakumar Yadav (MI) has amassed 348 runs in 11 innings against Rajasthan Royals. He averages 38.67. Jasprit Bumrah (MI) has pocketed 14 scalps in 10 matches against RR. He averages a mere 17.57. Jos Buttler (RR) has hammered 300 runs in 5 innings versus MI. Wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (RR) has taken 22 scalps in 15 matches against MI. He averages 21.18.
Fantasy XI (Option 1): Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Riyan Parag, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Murugan Ashwin Fantasy XI (Option 2): Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, Surykumar Yadav, Devdutt Padikkal, Tilak Verma, Kieron Pollard, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna