IPL 2022: MI vs RR | Return of Suryakumar Yadav boosts Mumbai’s prospects against Rajasthan

The two teams enter the match at DY Patil Stadium at the back of contrasting starts to the 15th edition of the tournament.

The two teams enter the match at DY Patil Stadium at the back of contrasting starts to the 15th edition of the tournament.

The Mumbai Indians will have the flamboyance of the returning Suryakumar Yadav in the middle order as they look to bounce back against a confident Rajasthan Royals unit in the IPL in Navi Mumbai on Saturday.

The two teams enter the match at DY Patil Stadium at the back of contrasting starts to the 15th edition of the tournament.

While the five-time champions MI suffered a four-wicket defeat against the Delhi Capitals in their lung opener despite posting 177, Rajasthan beat Sunris’s Hyderabad by 61 runs in a dominant show.

So far in this IPL, there has been a trend to win toss and bowling first and it will likely continue.

Mumbai has two of the best openers in captain Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, who burned to an undefeated 81 against DC, which justified his high price tag.

With a wide range of shots at their disposal, the duo can give the hosts a strong start, so vital in this context.

Suryakumar, who has joined the team after recovering from the NCA, is likely to strike as number three and have the ability to play match-winning strokes in any position. He will be keen to get started quickly and motivate the faith that the owners show him.

Mumbai’s middle order fell in the match against DC and one among Anmolpreet Singh, Tilak Verma and Tim David would have to make way for Suryakumar.

All-round veteran Kieron Pollard, who has the ability to hit huge sixes, also went under cheap against DC and he would be keen to get started against the Royals.

More than their hits, Mumbai bowlers are the ones who would have to step up because they could not defend 177, and given Rajasthan’s powerful line-up, they would have to hit the right lengths.

The team would bet that the spearhead Jasprit Bumrah would deliver, but he also needs support from others such as Basil Thampi and Daniel Sams.

The role of Murugan Ashwin, who took two wickets on his MI debut, would also be crucial as he can make a breakthrough and even slow down the score.

At the same time, Rajasthan ticked almost all the boxes in their match against the Sunrisers and was ahead of both bowling and batting, even as fielding is still a cause for concern, after losing catches.

It will once again be incumbent on skipper Sanju Samson to lead from the front after he made a glittering 55th in his team’s opener.

The RR openers – Yashashvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler – started against SRH but they will need to convert them to significant points.

The other hits including Devdutt Padikkal and Shimron Hetmyer also clicked and they hope to be able to repeat the show.

Rajasthan bowlers, led by Prasidh Krishna, were on target against SRH. They have a deadly attack in pacer Trent Boult and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile is injured and he can make room for someone like Navdeep Saini in the XI game.

Team (from)

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Ramandeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Tim David, Arjun Tendulkar, Basil Thampi, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Mayank Ashwin Tan, Murleyug, Murleyug , Arshad Khan, Daniel Sams, Dewald Brevis, Fabian Allen, Kieron Pollard, Sanjay Yadav, Aryan Juyal and Ishan Kishan.

Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Shubham Garwal, Dhruv Jurel, Kuldip Yadav, Kuldeep Sen, Tejas Baroka, Anunay Singh, KC Kariappa, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rassie Van der Dussen, Nathan Coulter Nile, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Karun , Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.

The match starts at 15.30.

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