Mumbai and Rajasthan face each other on the back of contrasting fortunes as they clash in the first of the double-header on Saturday. While Mumbai faltered horribly, letting the match slip from a position of total dominance against the Delhi capitals, the Royals cantered along their merry way, thrashing the Sunrisers soundly. Both teams will want to do better than what they did in IPL 2021.
Mumbai will be hoping that their home advantage will help them get over the hump in this encounter of the Blues. This should be a great IPL match between two teams that really need to win and keep the momentum going in the tournament.
The Mumbai boys will be extremely disappointed with the way things panned out in their opening match. From a position of total control, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after a combination of poor bowling and some dodgy decisions by the skipper. The batting seemed to be in a good rhythm. Mumbai will be boosted by the arrival of Suryakumar Yadav after he missed the first game due to an injury.
There is a concern about Ishan Kishan, but he is expected to be fit for the game
The Royals laid down the gauntlet as to why they are touted to be one of the favorites in this year’s tournament. A complete performance in terms of both bat and ball, they posted a mammoth total when asked to bat and then blew the Sunrisers into smithereens as they ripped the heart of that batting line-up with regular wickets. With an insane amount of depth and an equally intimidating starting 11 to boot, the Royals are here with an intention to take over.
This fixture has seen some classic encounters, and the head-to-head is a testament to that, with Mumbai winning 13, the Royals emerging victorious on 11 occasions, and 1 ending in a no-result.
This game seems to be pretty straightforward. While Mumbai does have the players to make a difference, the depth in the squad and the entire balance of the first 11 of the Royals make them the outright favorites to win this fixture.
Date and Time
2nd April 2022 (Saturday), at 3:30 pm
DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.
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