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Mumbai Indians will be looking to secure their first win of IPL 2022 when they play Rajasthan Royals at DY Patil Stadium. 

It has become prevalent for Mumbai to lose the opening game of IPL, and then they embark on an unbeaten streak. Hopefully, they will be optimistic about pulling a win and then commencing on a winning run. Although it’s pretty early to predict their tournament’s journey, Mumbai Indians have a well-experienced squad that will bounce back. 

While Rajasthan Royals got the well-deserved win against SRH and now will focus on their next match against Mumbai Indians, RR will be hoping to maintain positive NRR as the season progresses, this will help them qualify for the play-off. 

Match timings 

Match toss time: 15: 00 IST (10:30 am GMT) 

Match start time: 15:30 IST (10 am GMT)

Match Venue: Dy Patil Stadium, Mumbai

Head-to-Head 

Matches played: 25, Mumbai Indians: 13, Rajasthan Royals: 10 

Last 5 meetings: MI: 3, RR: 2

Notable stats 

Highest run-getter in this fixture (active):  Sanju Samson- 530 runs

Highest wicket-taker in this fixture (active): Kieron Pollard- 15 wickets

Weather conditions and pitch 

RR vs MI weather and pitch

Team news 

Suryakumar will be on the playing XI after missing out on the first match due to injury. MI will have the service of the batsman in the middle-order as they look to secure the first win of IPL 2022; MI have no other injured players.  

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals did a fantastic job against SRH, ticking all the boxes as their players delivered on occasion. However, pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile is injured, and his return is uncertain. 

Probable playing XI

MI XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams/Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi. 

RR XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (captain/wicketkeeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile/James Neesham, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal

Must-picks 

Sanju Samson has continued his imperial form for Rajasthan Royals and looks confident in spearheading his team this season, and he should be in the fantasy line-up. 

In contrast, Rohit Sharma will soon get his team back on track after losing the first game, as he always does. Once he is back in form, we will witness more sixes and fours in IPL more often, so he belongs in the fantasy line-up. MI opener Ishan Kishan and RR spearhead Trent Boult are out two must-picks for this encounter.

MI vs RR fantasy team

RR vs MI fanatsy team
Cricwizz fantasy team

Captain and vice-captain picks 

Sanju Samson Rohit Sharma
Sanju Samson (C) and Rohit Sharma (Vc)

Prediction 

Mumbai Indians have great players at their disposal, and the return of Suryakumar will be a massive boost for the squad. However, the MI bowler will need to step up on occasion and restrict RR's high-flying batters. 

RR will be hoping to maintain their winning run, but Mumbai Indians will trouble them as they got their key player. However, RR have excellent spin-bowlers who can cause problems to the MI. Rajasthan Royals have the most balanced side in the league and they look set to register their 2nd win. 

Cricwizz predicts Rajastan Royals to win the 9th match of the IPL 2022

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