IPL 2018: RR vs MI, Apr 22, 21st IPL Match Preview & Prediction

Rajasthan Royals will be playing Mumbai Indians on their home ground, at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 22, 2018. Royals will definitely be looking to recapture the magic they demonstrated in the first edition of the IPL.

Read on to find out who will win the game and how you can use this information to form your fantasy cricket team for this match.

Match Preview

Match Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians, 21st Match
Date Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM ( 02:30 PM GMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL )
Venue Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Weather Forecast Sunny

Sawai Mansingh Stadium is renowned for being a batter’s ground. In all probability, the team batting first will end up amassing a huge total in their 20 overs. The team batting second will have to maintain the run rate without losing early wickets. That will be a challenge.

Royals are led by Ajinkya Rahane, whose form is not the best at the moment. Last season, Steve Smith was able to inspire the team and lead them into the final. This year, with Steve Smith banned for ball tampering in South Africa, things may not work according to plan. Nonetheless, the side has batting depth to make it to the playoffs.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians have kept their core team intact and will be relying on their marquee players to see them through to the playoffs. Rohit Sharma is the captain and will have to extract the best out of the batsmen and bowlers.

Match Prediction

While Rajasthan Royals have big names, they lack depth in batting and bowling. This is where Mumbai Indians are ahead. So, on paper, it looks as though MI will prevail over RR.

  • Rohit Sharma has been performing well in limited over formats

  • The bowling of Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins, Hardik Pandya, Mustafizur Rahman and Mitchell McClenaghan will help them take wickets quickly

  • Rajasthan Royals lack batting depth while Mumbai Indians have a formidable batting lineup

  • Hardik Pandya is the ace up Mumbai Indians’ sleeve

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