Match 9 in IPL 2022 comes from the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai as the Mumbai Indians take on the Rajasthan Royals in the first of the Friday double-headers. Both Rohit Sharma and Sanju Samson will like to get one over the other since both teams on paper look to be there or thereabouts come the end of the league campaign.
At the DY Patil Stadium, the pitches tend to provide assistance to both seamers and spin bowlers who can make it count, given it also slows down as the match progresses. Moreover, on paper, apart from the MI’s Jasprit Bumrah, the Royals definitely seem to have the better bowling attack overall, which could come in handy given Mumbai lack the star power in their batting line-up unlike before.
Furthermore, the Rajasthan Royals themselves have a very well balanced squad with batting depth and quality at certain places. While both Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Butler can go gung-ho from the start, Devdutt Padikkal and Sanju Samson give them the assurance and cover down the order. Both Shimron Hetmyer and Riyan Parag can come in as finishers at the end as well, allowing them to tackle most conditions, which at the end of the day could be the deciding factor.
Match – Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals – Match 9
Venue – DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai
Date and Time – 3:30 pm (IST)
Where to watch – Star Sports Network | Disney+ Hotstar
Average 1st innings score – 147 (17 IPL matches)
Record while chasing – 41.17%
Probable Playing XIs
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Fabian Allen, Jayant Yadav, Murugan Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills
Anmolpreet Singh, Dewald Brevis, Rahul Buddhi, Aryan Juyal, Arjun Tendulkar, Daniel Sams, Hrithik Shokeen, Mohd. Arshad Khan, Ramandeep Singh, Sanjay Yadav, Basil Thampi, Riley Meredith, Mayank Markande
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult
Karun Nair, Rassie van der Dussen, Dhruv Jurel, Anunay Singh, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Shubham Gharwal, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, KC Cariappa, Tejas Baroka
Matches Played – 25 | MI – 13 | RR -11 | N/R – 1
In last 5 matches
MI – 3 | RR – 2
Batter to watch out for – Devdutt Padikkal
In 29 matches in his two seasons with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Devdutt Padikkal was among the most consistent performers as he racked up 884 runs with an Average of 31.57 and a Strike Rate of 125.04. However, as far as stats go, he has been prolific against the Rajasthan Royals whenever the two have crossed paths. In four matches against the RR, Padikkal has accumulated 221 runs at an Average of 73.67, including a half-century and a 51-ball unbeaten 102 last season, while maintaining his best Strike Rate compared to against any other IPL franchise (146.83).
Bowler to watch out for – Yuzvendra Chahal
The 31-year-old Haryana boy has been arguably the best white-ball Indian spin-bowler over the last couple of years. In his last 10 international matches, Chahal has taken at least a wicket in each of them except the first ODI against South Africa in Paarl. Moreover, Yuzi has always relished the opportunity to play against the Mumbai Indians. In 15 matches against Rohit’s MI, Chahal has taken 22 wickets at an Average of 21.18 while maintaining a Strike Rate of 15.82, taking two wickets every six overs roughly. Besides, the lack of left-handed batters in the current MI setup could be the opening both the RR and Chahal will look to exploit come matchday.
IPL 2022: Match 9, MI vs RR – Fantasy XI Team
Ishan Kishan, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal (vc), Shimron Hetmyer, Rohit Sharma (c), Tilak Verma, Kieron Pollard, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Murugan Ashwin
Sanju Samson, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Tim David, Tilak Verma, Kieron Pollard, Yuzvendra Chahal (vc), Trent Boult (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Prasidh Krishna
MI vs RR – Today’s match prediction
If there’s swing on offer, Rajasthan Royals have a slight edge whereas if the pitch plays like that RCB vs PBKS surface, there are runs to be had and Mumbai will definitely have the edge. If I have to back someone on paper, I’d go with the Mumbai Indians. However, toss plays a vital role, so keep an eye on that while picking your team.