Five times champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on the 2008 winners Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 9 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). This tie will take place at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, April 2.

In their tournament opener against Delhi Capitals (DC), MI were good with the bat – the openers fired, the middle-order too chipped in. But, the bowlers could not capitalise on the start they got in the first ten overs. The duo of Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel smashed MI pacers to all parts of the ground, adding an unbeaten 75-run stand off just 30 balls. MI eventually lost the match by five wickets.

On the other hand, RR registered a thumping win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their first match. The Sanju Samson-led side posted 210/6 on the board and then defended the total by restricting Kane Williamson & Co. on 149 for 7.

Head-to-Head record

Played: 25 | MI won: 13 | RR won: 11 | No result: 01

Pitch report

The DY Patil Stadium has a pitch that has help on offer for both batsmen and bowlers. One can expect a score between 150-160 as it is a day game. Opting to bowl first after winning the toss has been the story in IPL 2022 so far.

Probable XIs

Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Tilak Verma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Basil Thampi, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna

Match Prediction

Case 1:

MI wins the toss and bowls first
Powerplay score: 40-45
RR total: 150-165

Case 2:

RR wins the toss and bowls first
Powerplay score: 35-40
MI total: 145-155

Team batting second to win the contest.

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