IPL 2022: Match 9 (MI vs RR) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out for
By CricShots - Apr 2, 2022 8:43 am
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Mumbai Indians (MI) will be locking horns with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the ninth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. MI is currently standing at the ninth position on the points table of this season whereas Rajasthan Royals is currently placed at the top of the points table.

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MI bowlers were too hot to handle for RR

Mumbai Indians played one match in this season of the IPL 2022 where they failed to win that game while Rajasthan Royals (RR) played one game in this season where they won that match. MI played their opening game of the season against Delhi Capitals (DC) where the latter managed to win the match by 3 wickets. Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma smashed 81 runs and 41 runs respectively for Mumbai Indians in that game.

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On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals played their first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad where they registered a thrilling win by 61 runs. Sanju Samson and Devdutt Padikkal played match-winning knocks of 55 runs and 41 runs respectively for Rajasthan Royals in that game. These two teams have played 26 matches against each other in the history of IPL where Mumbai Indians won 14 matches while Rajasthan Royals won the remaining games.

Ahead of the key clash at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, we take a look at the three key player battles to watch out for.

#1 SuryaKumar Yadav vs Yuzvendra Chahal

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Yuzvendra Chahal 

Suryakumar Yadav is equally good against pace and spin. He is someone who can adeptly find the boundaries against spin as well. He has outshone some of the best in the world. RR leggie Yuzvendra Chahal though will be up for a challenge against SKY. Having honed his skills for years at RCB, Chahal will be keen to implement his experience against the MI batter. Chahal would particularly look to outfox his Indian teammate with his variations.

#2 Jasprit Bumrah vs Jos Buttler

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Jasprit Bumrah

Jos Buttler is one of the most destructive batters in the shortest format of the game and was instrumental in contributing with the bat for the Royals in the last edition. He has the ability to demolish any bowling line-up in the world and that makes him the most dangerous batsman in the DC team. However, for MI, Jasprit Bumrah will be given the responsibility of dismissing BUttler without a big score. Bumrah is a wicket-taking bowler for MI and that makes his battle with Buttler an interesting one. 

#3 Ishan Kishan vs Prasidh Krishna

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Prasidh Krishna bowled a superb opening spell

Ishan Kishan smacked 81 runs off just 48 balls in the match against Delhi Capitals. The 23-year old left-hander will once again open the innings for MI and will have the onus on him to take on Prasidh Krishna, who has been lethal in the powerplays. Kishan would shoulder the responsibility to provide a fiery start and even remain not out till the end similar to the match against Delhi Capitals.

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The young Indian pacer is immensely impressed with his bowling in powerplay against SRH, a spell that won the match for RR.  Krishna r gave away just 2 runs in his 3 overs in the powerplay, picking up 3 wickets. Against the opening pair of Rohit & Ishan, Prasidh would have a huge responsibility of barring MI from having a good start along with former MI player Trent Boult.