Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians face each other in match number 44 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday.

Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians face each other in match number 44 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. This is the second of the double-header tomorrow. High-flying RR are second with 12 points from eight games. MI are bottom of the pile, having suffered eight losses. For RR, it’s a game of eyeing another two points. For MI, this is a chance to get their first win.

Analysis of RR

RR have won their last three games. Despite a low score versus RCB, they defended the score in style. Prior to that, they scored in excess of 200 before restricting the opposition teams. They sealed two close wins over KKR and DC, respectively. RR will once again ride on Jos Buttler’s heroics. He has been exceptional so far; scoring runs aplenty. Buttler has already smacked three tons. The likes of Sanju Samson, Hetmyer and Devdutt Padikkal have chipped in as well. Their collective show make RR a special side in terms of batting.

With the ball, RR will rely a lot on Yuzvendra Chahal. He is the Purple Cap holder this season with 18 scalps. Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna will back themselves to make things tougher for MI. R Ashwin will want to exploit with his mean offerings. RR have a quality balanced attack on offer, and that can test MI’s mettle.

Analysis of MI

This season has been woeful for MI, and they need to play the remaining six games based on pride. MI should give chances to young players given they are out of the race for the playoffs. MI have not done well with the bat, barring Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav. Once again, MI will rely on these two for some character against a quality RR side.

Bowling wise, MI have fallen short. Jasprit Bumrah has done well, but the others around him have failed as a unit. MI need to offer more substance and stick to the basics. RR have a solid batting line-up, and things can be difficult for the Rohit Sharma-led side.

Head-to-head record

Out of 25 meetings, MI have tasted success on 13 occasions. RR have claimed 12 wins. RR beat MI earlier this season by 23 runs.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (captain & wicket-keeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Daryl Mitchell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal

MI predicted playing XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Hrithik Shokeen, Daniel Sams, Jaydev Unadkat, Riley Meredith, Jasprit Bumrah

Which team is the predicted winner?

There is no doubt that RR are the favourites here and can complete the double. MI could be heading for a ninth successive loss. RR will be keen to collect two more points and enhance their chances of a playoff berth. They deserve the plaudits.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The DY Patil Stadium has averaged a first innings total of close to 170 in the last five fixtures, with the chasing side winning twice. Both pacers and spinners have posted impressive tallies to make this an even contest.

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

Buttler has smashed 499 runs in IPL 2022 and needs one more to register a mark of 500. He is averaging 71.28 at the moment. He needs 33 more for the 2,500-run mark in the IPL (2,467). He can surpass Shaun Marsh (2,477). Surya (2,580) can surpass Murali Vijay’s tally of 2,619 runs.

The major bowling stats on offer

Chahal has 18 scalps this season, including 157 overall. He can become the 2nd-highest wicket-taker versus MI, besides going past 25 scalps (24). He can become the most successful spinner versus MI. 

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Tilak Varma

All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Riley Meredith.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Shimron Hetmyer, Tilak Varma

All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, Riyan Parag

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, M Ashwin

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Jos Buttler: With 499 runs, Buttler is enjoying a different phase altogether. He can be massive versus MI and change the game. Buttler has batted at a different level this season.

Tilak Varma: A promising young gun, Varma has made himself look solid with the bat. He is the top scorer for MI. He has a bright future ahead and can enjoy a lot of success for MI.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Y Chahal: The wrist-spinner has claimed 18 wickets in IPL 2022. He will look to present his best self and enjoy bowling.

Suryakumar: The second-best scorer for MI, SKY is one of the star names. He has a sheer level of consistency riding on him. He can do well for MI and make sure his output can be of massive help.

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