Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Preview and Prediction: Who Will Come Out On Top?

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Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL side in the competition’s history, but they struggled last year, lost some star players in the mega-auction and their new-look side did not make the start they would have wanted. Rajasthan Royals, in contrast, have been playing with a renewed confidence so far in the 2022 edition of the IPL after a poor campaign last year. Who will come out on top? Read on for our full Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals preview and prediction:

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Preview and Prediction

IPL So Far

Mumbai Indians were handed an undeniably tough first assignment up against the Delhi Capitals, who dominated the round-robin stage of the 2021 tournament, albeit then falling away in the playoffs. Mumbai played some fine cricket, with opener Ishan Kishan’s 81 not-out the highlight. But it looked like being a few runs short of a par total and so it proved as the Delhi Capitals chased the total of 177 down inside 19 overs with four wickets still in hand.

Rajasthan Royals, meanwhile, started their campaign with a comprehensive win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sunrisers do not, it must be said, look like one of the stronger sides in the tournament, but the manner in which Rajasthan took their bowling attack apart was impressive all the same. Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer, in particular, were excellent, helping Rajasthan post 210 from their 20 overs, a score Sunrisers Hyderabad never looked like getting close to.

Expected Teams

Mumbai Indians greatest strength is in their opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan. They will need to fire. Suryakumar Yadav will be back available at number three, with N Tilak Varna at number four. Tim David and Kieron Pollard make for an extremely hard hitting combination at five and six, with spin-bowling all-rounder Fabian Allen the likeliest option at number seven. M Ashwin, death-bowling specialist Tymal Mills, Jasprit Bumrah and Basil Thampi will round out the side.

Rajasthan Royals are also well-stocked at the top of the order with Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal and Samson their top four. Samson, in particular, has established himself as one of the best batters in the IPL. Shimron Hetymer will bat at five and take the wicket-keeping gloves, with Riyan Parag at number six. Jimmy Neesham may well replace the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile. R Ashwin and Trent Boult lead a well-stocked attack alongside Prasidh Krishna and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Prediction

Mumbai Indians look too good a side not to succeed. But this might not be the match where their season gets going. Rajasthan Royals might not have one of the very strongest batting units in the competition, but they do have probably the best bowling attack and it is hardly as though they are bunnies with the bat. Mumbai Indians, at their best, have enough in the tank to win this match, but Rajasthan Royals look the better bet.

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