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IPL 2022 – The BEST Mumbai Indians Playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals

With eight consecutive losses in the Indian Premier League 2022, the Mumbai Indians (MI) sit at the bottom of the points standings. They played Lucknow Super Giants in their most recent league match (LSG). Despite being clinical with the ball in powerplay overs, the squad was unable to control the runs in the remainder of the first half, as the opponent scored 168. As a result of the early loss of their top-order batters, MI faltered once more.

Rohit Sharma and Tilak Varma, for example, contributed 39 and 38 runs, respectively, to keep the side in contention to attain the objective. However, the absence of Kieron Pollard’s six-hitting form did not aid the team, and they fell short by 36 runs. The team will face the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their next league match at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy. Kieron Pollard is scheduled to be rested for this game, while Tim David, a rookie, could make his debut.

In this article, we will look at the BEST Mumbai Indians playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals.

 

Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan continue to open the innings

 

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MI’s opening duo has performed well in recent editions and has also played a crucial role in their last two title victories. However, their demise has had an impact on the team’s results this season. Following a strong start against the Delhi Capitals (DC), both Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan have been inconsistent with their contributions.

Captain Sharma has only scored 153 runs in eight innings, with a strike rate of 126.44. His best score of 41 came against DC in the tournament’s first round. He scored 39 off 31 balls in his last game and showed some indications of improvement; he will like to convert his starts into a huge one.

Wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan has struggled since scoring 81* off 48 balls against DC. He has scored 13 runs, 0 runs, and 8 runs in his previous three innings. He will attempt to get back on track in the forthcoming game against the Rajasthan Royals.

 

Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, and Tim David form the middle order

 

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The middle-order has been the most encouraging aspect of MI this year. Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma, for example, have been steady in their performances and have kept the squad competing in the majority of the matches. Suryakumar Yadav entered the team late but has performed admirably, scoring 239 runs in six innings with a strike rate of 151.26.

Varma, a rookie, is MI’s leading run-scorer in his first IPL season. He has a strike rate of 140.20 and has scored 272 runs in eight innings. Tilak Varma recorded his highest score of 61 when MI last met RR this season. Varma has undoubtedly been the middle-rock, the order’s contributing in nearly every game.

David, a consistent finisher in the T20 format for the last few years, was dropped from the team after scoring only 13 runs in two games. He is projected to be in the starting lineup for this game, with Pollard resting.

 

Dewald Brevis and Daniel Sams offer all-rounder support

 

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Dewald Brevis is another young prodigy who has wowed everyone with his performance. He scored 29 runs off 19 balls in his IPL debut against the Kolkata Knight Riders. He went on to hit a remarkable 49-run knock-off with 25 balls against the Punjab Kings (PBKS), and in the same game, he smashed 28 runs in an over against Rahul Chahar.

Brevis followed it up with 31 off 13 balls against the Lucknow Super Giants, which resulted in another defeat. However, he has been disappointing with scores of 3 and 4 in the last two games, and he will aim to recreate his previous performances in the future.

Daniel Sams, an Australian all-rounder, was recalled for the match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and finished with numbers of 4/30. He was, however, costly in his last outing, with numbers of 1/40, but he is still anticipated to play in this encounter.

 

 Hrithik Shokeen, Jaydev Unadkat, Riley Meredith, and Jasprit Bumrah form the bowling attack

 

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The bowling unit has been ordinary in terms of performance and has consistently given up runs. Hrithik Shokeen, a rookie, has been quite economical but is not a wicket-taking option for the club. In his debut game for MI, he struck 25 off 25 balls and is a useful batsman in the bottom order.

Jaydev Unadkat, a seasoned campaigner, has six wickets and 59 runs in five games. His economy of 9.50, on the other hand, has been on the upper side. Riley Meredith, an Australian bowler, has three wickets in two appearances at an economy rate of 8.12.

Jasprit Bumrah, one of MI’s main players, has only five wickets in eight games this season, which is one of the major causes of the team’s failure this season. Until the most recent edition, the team relied on the pacer to take wickets in both the powerplay and the death overs.