RR Vs MI Prediction 22 April 2018: Who Will Win today’s Match Between Rajasthan Royal and Mumbai Indians?

RR Vs MI Prediction 22 April 2018: Who Will Win today’s Match Between Rajasthan Royal and Mumbai Indians?

Rajasthan Royals take on Mumbai Indians in Match 21 of IPL 2018 at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur on 22nd April. In the battle of the blues, one team is coming off a resounding loss whereas the other is coming off a resounding win. The tournament is getting interesting as we approach the middle stages of IPL 11. A coverage of what we can expect from both teams. Read on check Match Preview, Team News, Playing XI, Match Analysis, and Prediction

RR (Rajasthan Royals)

The Royals are losing some of their royalty. With two back to back defeats, they are in desperate need of a win to get their season back on the track. After losing to the Knight Riders at home, they were beaten comprehensively by CSK in Pune. As they return to their fortress, looking for win number 3 of the tournament, the Royals thinktank have a lot of things to ponder upon. They haven’t sorted their first team out yet. Just as D’Arcy looked to score big, they replaced the Big Bash star with Heinrich Klaasen. Dhawal Kulkarni too missed the last match.Their pace department looked somewhat futile without Kulkarni and he is expected to return to the line-up. Ex- Royal Shane Watson scored a century against his former as RR’s economical bowling faltered to some extent. AS they came out to chase, their power-packed batting never got going which surely is a matter of concern. The big names in their batting order have to perform to the best of their abilities for RR to have a chance of going all the way.

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The performance of Shreyas Gopal was a silver lining, however, in their dismal showing against CSK as he picked up 3 big wickets. Laughlin too has been decent all season and the experienced Aussie would be looking to continue his fine form. Samson hasn’t fired since his blistering knock against the Royal Challengers and would be eager to show the world that his performance wasn’t a fluke. Mumbai Indians have a power-packed batting line-up and smart bowling from the underrated bowlers of the RR is integral to their chances in the game. Our prediction says that Gowtham could be the key, picking up some early wickets and Stokes, from whom a match-winning performance is long overdue.

Rajasthan Royals Playing XI

Ajinkya Rahane( C ), Heinrich Klaasen, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(WK), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

MI (Mumbai Indians) Team News, Playing XI.

The Mumbai Indians finally opened their account in their last match, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore. Having begun the season with 3 back-to-back losses, the win is crucial for them as they would want to take their winning momentum forward in the match at Jaipur. Having lost two wickets in the first two balls, their back was against the wall in the last match. Just when they needed a moment of inspiration, out stepped their captain, Rohit Sharma and played a world-class knock of 94, painfully missing out on his century. He was ably supported by Evan Lewis. The Pandya brothers too finished their innings well and followed it with an impressive bowling display. Krunal, in particular, was fantastic as he picked up 3 wickets. The inclusion of McClenaghan was a good move as the Kiwi produced a fine performance. Thus, MI must give gained a lot of confidence, something that they would want to capitalize on.

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Rohit Sharma’s form is so important for the Mumbai outfit as they rarely lose a game when he fires. Mayank Markande continued to impress but Mustafizur was very expensive as Kohli took him to the cleaners. Evan Lewis, too, is in danger and all bowlers will be wary of him and would be looking to come up with a plan, exclusive to him. Although Surya Kumar failed to deliver against RCB, he will look to prove it was a one-off. With McClenghan, the Mumbai bowling looks very formidable and it would be key against the Royals who have some big hitters. This is a critical phase for the team for Mumbai as their performance in the next 2-3 matches would determine how their season will pan out. They would surely find it difficult in Jaipur, as bowlers who have a variety of pace in their arsenal prove effective. Thus, Hardik Pandya, who hasn’t been in the best of forms with the ball will be key. Rohit, too, would seek another big score against the Royals, who are a difficult side to beat at their home.

Mumbai Indians Playing XI

SuryaKumar Yadav, Evan Lewis, Ishan Kishan ( WK ), Rohit Sharma( C ), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Markhande, Mitchell McCleneghan Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman.

Where to Watch MI Vs RR Live Streaming?

TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Sky Sports.

Live Streaming: Hotstar, Bet365, Sky Go, OSN Play

RR Vs MI Match Prediction: Who Will Win today’s match Between Rajasthan and Mumbai?

Rajasthan Royals are the team to beat at Jaipur as the Sawai Man Singh Stadium has always been something of a fortress. Mumbai, however, have momentum in their side following their resounding win. The toss will be crucial, as it always is in the SMS Stadium. Though the initial trend of win the toss and chase has shifted somewhat, chasing is till RR’s strength. MI might be looking to bat first and set a big score and put pressure on the opposition with some tight overs. The match promises to be a tight affair. Our prediction is that Rajasthan Royals would emerge victorious because of their resourcefulness and their depth in the batting order.

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