Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals face in match number nine of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday.

Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals face in match number nine of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. The match is being held at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. The Rohit Sharma-led MI side lost their first encounter versus Delhi Capitals, despite having some good moments in the game. As far as RR are concerned, the inflicted a heavy defeat upon Sunrisers Hyderabad. RR are a force to be reckoned with this season. This is the first of the two matches to be played on Saturday.

Analysis of MI

MI will be boosted by the return of Suryakumar Yadav to the side. He adds so much quality to that batting line-up. The onus will be on MI’s front three to make a statement of intent. Ishan Kishan had a terrific outing against DC, and his exploits can allow Rohit and SKY to play second fiddle. Tilak Varma will aim to make an impression. 

The likes of Kieron Pollard and Tim David have important roles on offer in the middle-order as finishers. With the ball, Jasprit Bumrah had an off day versus DC, and he will aim to resurrect his application. Basil Thampi and Tymal Mills will hope to provide the support needed. It remains to be seen how Murugan Ashwin comes up against a terrific RR batting unit.

Analysis of RR

Rajasthan Royals showed in the opener why they are the team to beat this season after a terrific show versus SRH. Even before the IPL 2022 season began, all eyes were on RR and the kind of business they did in the mega auction. Against SRH. RR’s batters stepped up and posted a big total. It was good to see everyone in that top five scoring quick runs and establishing themselves. Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler are the key assets. Shimron Hetmyer can be a match-winner with his explosive shot-making.

With the ball, RR are sorted, and the likes of Trent Boult and the always improving Prasidh Krishna can be a handful in the PP overs. They will be backed to give RR a strong start. And then you have the spin combination of Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin. Together, these two can tie the MI batters up, besides giving those crucial wickets when needed.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met each other 25 times in the competition so far. MI have the edge over RR, keeping a 13-11 lead so far. One match didn’t have a result. Since IPL 2020, MI have won three of the four games versus RR, including twice last season.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

MI predicted playing XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi.

RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Which team is the predicted winner?

Given the personnel on paper, RR seems more complete and sound. The batting, in particular, has the depth up to the lower middle-order. You get consistent personnel who can take the game away in a flash. Also, RR’s spin duo can make a real difference. Ashwin and Chahal have close to 300 IPL wickets together, and they can pull the plugs. Their eight overs can make the real difference here. RR have a better shape in bowling and batting. If they execute things as per plans and strike at crucial junctures, the match will be won. We go with RR as the favourites to claim two vital points.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The DY Patil Stadium pitch has been laid with red soil, which means pacers can be handy. The previous match here between KKR and RCB was tight. Spinners will also have a say as the game progresses. However, they need to pitch in the right areas. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

RR skipper Sanju Samson has piled up 3,123 runs in the IPL at 29.46. Interestingly, he has 495 runs versus MI and can get past the mark of 500. He can also surpass Shaun Marsh’s tally of 526 runs versus MI in the IPL as well. MI skipper Rohit who has smashes 495 fours, can get to a milestone of 500. Rohit (526) can get past Chris Gayle’s tally of 539 runs against RR.

The major bowling stats on offer

In terms of bowling, R Ashwin (145 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (142 wickets) can be the real trump cards. Chahal has 18 wickets versus RR and can become the third player to take 20-plus wickets versus them. Ashwin (17) can also get to 20 scalps. He needs three wickets on the night. Trent Boult (78) can get past Irfan Pathan in terms of wickets (80).

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Shimron Hetmyer

All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Tim David, R Ashwin

Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Rohit Sharma, Shimron Hetmyer

All-rounders: R Ashwin, Kieron Pollard

Bowlers: Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Murugan Ashwin

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Ishan Kishan: The MI opener can set the tone for his side with an effortless batting on offer. He has all the shots in his textbook. Moreover, he can play a fiery knock to keep RR at bay. Kishan promises aplenty and can add valuable substance to the match for his side.

Sanju Samson: The RR skipper showed his brilliance in the game versus SRH. Like Kishan, the senior batter can take the game away in a flash. He is a real deal for RR and will want the side to revolve around his offerings.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Yuzvendra Chahal: Wickets and Chahal go hand-in-hand, and the experienced wrist-spinner can be the driving force for RR. Chahal has also enjoyed relative success versus MI and can employ his tactics well in the middle overs. He claimed three scalps versus SRH.

Rohit Sharma: The versatile MI skipper can be the perfect anchorman for his side, and his presence can allow Kishan to make inroads early on. With SKY returning, Rohit knows he can be the perfect candidate to bat long and strong and make sure MI do well.

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