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IPL 2022 – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Match 44 – Preview

The Mumbai Indians are on the verge of statistical oblivion. Eight defeats are the most they’ve suffered in a single IPL season. Despite being slow starters, they’ve won five championships and have never lost more than eight games in a single season. This time, they’re already there with six games to go. Although they are all but out of contention for a top-four finish, they are one defeat away from matching the longest losing streak for any club in an IPL season. To avoid both this streak and a team record of nine losses in a season, they must first defeat the Rajasthan Royals, who arrive with three wins in a row.

The fact that both of these teams have used five specialist bowlers, even if it has come at the expense of batting depth, has been a recurring theme. Neither team had a big tail, but with their top order’s frequent performances headed by Jos Buttler, the orange cap bearer, it didn’t matter as much to RR. MI’s batting order, on the other hand, hasn’t connected, despite Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma’s steady scores. Ishan Kishan, who was purchased for a record 15.25 crores – the second-highest price ever paid for an Indian player in an IPL auction – has looked unimpressive alongside Rohit Sharma.

Apart from their batting inconsistencies, MI is also concerned about death overs, with Jaydev Unadkat having the lowest economy rate in the death among the 32 bowlers with at least 25 overs in the phase between 16 and 20 of 12.17. MI’s international imports Tymal Mills and Daniel Sams have also struggled to contain runs, which is another area where they fall short. They have a difficult mountain to climb in RR for their first win, but they’d like to believe the only path from here is up – even if it’s just for pride.

Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Match 44 – Pitch Report

In the last five matches, the DY Patil Stadium surface has produced an average first-innings total of close to 170. The chasing team has won only two of those because the agri-spray employed on the ground successfully prevented the arrival of dew.

Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Match 44 – Tactics and Lineup

Rajasthan Royals 

Both Ashwin and Chahal have accounted for Pollard five times each, so they may be held back a tad to account for his wicket when he comes on to bat. Pollard’s averages against both are 15 and 16.60, respectively. However, if reports about Pollard being rested are true, then Sanju Samson can rotate these two world-class spinners any way he deems fit.

Predicted Lineup – Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Daryl Mitchell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal

Mumbai Indians

Bumrah, who averages 12.25 against the MI pacer and has four dismissals, is MI’s best shot to contain Buttler’s onslaught. He has also managed to keep Devdutt Padikkal and skipper Samson at bay. Bumrah has dismissed Padikkal twice in 18 balls.

Predicted Lineup – Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Hrithik Shokeen, Daniel Sams, Jaydev Unadkat, Riley Meredith, Jasprit Bumrah

Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Match 44 – Trivia

MI is one defeat away from tying the record for the longest losing streak in an IPL season.

MI lost 15 and won 7 games in 22 matches between 2021 and 2022, for a victory percentage of 31.82.

Sanju Samson has lost the toss in seven of his eight matches but won six of them, all when batting first. In the only match in which he won the toss, RR pursued and lost.