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IPL: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Predictions



Rajasthan Royals will take on Mumbai Indians in match 44 of IPL 2022 today.

The match will be played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

The Sanju Samson-led RR side is placed second in the points table with six wins in 8 games and has a healthy net run rate of 0.561.

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians have endured the worst of seasons so far as the five-time champions have zero wins in eight games.

They will be playing for pride as their chances of making the play-offs have already evaporated.

Fact is, Mumbai Indians started the tournament on a bad note and things just kept on getting worse.

In the season opener, Delhi Capitals beat them by 6 wickets in their opening game.

They were off to a decent start, however, Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel put on some excellent display of batting and helped DC cross the finish line.

This was a blow from which MI never recovered.

Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, started their IPL 2022 campaign with a massive victory by outplaying SunRisers Hyderabad by a margin of 61 runs.

Head to Head record

The two teams have played 26 matches against each other.

Mumbai Indians have emerged victorious on 14 occasions while Rajasthan Royals have 12 wins.

Last match form

Rajasthan Royals played their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore where they won the game by 29 runs.

Riyan Parag smashed 56 runs while Kuldeep Sen picked up 4 wickets for Rajasthan Royals in that game.

Mumbai Indians played their last game against Lucknow Super Giants where they lost the game by 36 runs.

Rohit Sharma and Tilak Varma scored 39 runs and 38 runs respectively for Mumbai Indians in that game.

The last time they played against each other in this season, Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 23 runs.

DY Patil Pitch stats

  • Average 1st Innings Score: 167
  • Highest team score: 205/2 – RCB vs PBKS, 2022
  • Lowest team score: 112/8 – PBKS vs Pune Warriors India, 2011
  • The DY Patil ground offers decent bounce to the bowlers but often it stays true. So we can expect scores of at least 150+.
  • The team batting second has a better record great here. They have won 61% of the matches played.

Mumbai Indians Likely 11

Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk),  Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi

Rajasthan Royals Likely 11

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, James Neesham, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna

Best batter of the Match

Jos Buttler is in red hot form with 3 hundreds and 2 fifties.

He has 491 runs in seven innings – almost 200 more than the next-highest.

Also, he has scored his runs at the strike rate of 161.5.

In the process, he has single-handedly scored 39% of Rajasthan Royals’ total runs which is nothing short of sensational.

He is expected to be the best batter of the match.

Best bowler of the Match

Chahal has been the defining bowler of IPL 2022.

Not only does Chahal lead with the most wickets in the tournament so far, he also owns the best bowling performance of the season.

His 5 for 40 in a high-pressure, high-scoring match against Kolkata Knight Riders gave RR the confidence that they can be champions.

Who will win

With the highest run-getter and highest wicket-taker in their ranks, RR is currently buzzing.

Sanju Samson is doing a great job as a captain and is displaying a new maturity.

The confidence of the squad is at an all-time high.

The squad is also deriving strength from the memory of the late Shane Warne and wants to achieve something big in his honour.

In contrast, MI looks down and out.

There is not even a single player who has outperformed, with bat or ball.

Hence, we think RR will emerge victors.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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