Indian Premier League 2023: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals – 42nd Match Preview and Updates

The Mumbai Indians will face the Rajasthan Royals in the 42nd game of the Indian Premier League 2023. The five-time champions must win this game to avoid falling further down the standings. The hosts are coming off a crushing defeat to the Gujarat Titans. The Rajasthan Royals will be buoyed by their recent victory over the Chennai Super Kings.

The Mumbai Indians have only won three games this season and have struggled to find consistency. Their bowling attack has been toothless and does not appear to be a threat to their opponents. The Royals currently lead the points table and will be looking to maintain their lead. Given the stakes, we expect Mumbai to fight back and make the game interesting.

The 42nd Match between Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals will take place on April 30th, 2023 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Match Details to Note

Match: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals, 42nd Match, Indian Premier League 2023

Date: April 30, 2023 (Sunday)                                                      

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians (Match Odds – 2.05):


The best word to describe Rohit Sharma’s team’s performance this season is inconsistency. They arrive here after suffering a 55-run defeat to the Gujarat Titans, with their bowling attack once again failing them. They are currently ranked eighth on the points table and must move quickly. Sharma must lead from the front and win this game to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive.

Rohit Sharma has been inconsistent, and the team will need him and Ishan Kishan to perform well at the top. Cameron Green has performed admirably and must forge middle-order partnerships with Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav. It will be critical because Rajasthan has some good spinners on their team. Tim David and Nehal Wadhera must perform well because Mumbai lacks batting depth.

They’ve given up over 200 runs in the last two games. Because the Royals have a strong batting lineup, the team needs a strong bowling performance from Jason Behrendorff and Arjun Tendulkar right away. Piyush Chawla has been consistent, and now he must deliver. Green, Riley Meredith, and Kumar Kartikeya will also be needed for strong spells.

Full Squad:

Rohit Sharma (c), Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis, Jofra Archer, Arjun Tendulkar, Arshad Khan, Kumar Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal, Cameron Green, Piyush Chawla, Duan Jansen, Vishnu Vinod, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Raghav Goyal

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Players to watch out for:

Suryakumar Yadav

After a shaky start to the tournament, the explosive right-handed batter has begun to produce consistent runs and enters this match with confidence.

Cameron Green

The young Australian all-rounder has been in excellent form recently. He has scored over 160 runs in his last three innings and has taken wickets in three consecutive games.

Piyush Chawla

The 34-year-old leg-spinner has continued to dominate this year’s tournament. In the previous game, he dismissed Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar.

Possible Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Kumar Kartikeya, Arjun Tendulkar, Riley Meredith, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Tilak Varma (Impact Player)

Rajasthan Royals (Match Odds – 1.82):


The batting prowess of Sanju Samson’s team continues to overwhelm opponents. The team delivered a textbook performance in their last game, defeating the Chennai Super Kings by 32 runs. Samson would be aware of the Mumbai Indians’ lack of form and would look to capitalize on it in order to strengthen his team’s position on the points table.

Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal are in fine form and have been instrumental in the team’s success. They must get off to a fast start at the top. Sampson and Shimron Hetmyer have done well, and they will look to form alliances with Devdutt Padikkal. The team bats deep, with Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Jason Holder following, resulting in a strong batting line-up.

Sandeep Sharma and Kuldip Yadav will be expected to deliver in this game. The spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, and Yuzvendra Chahal give this attack teeth, and they will look to trouble the Mumbai batsmen. Jason Holder must perform admirably in his supporting role.

Full Squad:

Sanju Samson (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, KC Cariappa, Jason Holder, Donovan Ferreira, Kunal Rathore, Adam Zampa, KM Asif, Murugan Ashwin, Akash Vashisht, Abdul P A, Joe Root

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Players to watch out for:

Jos Buttler

England’s white ball captain has not been as dominant as he was in the 2022 IPL, but he has still scored three half-centuries.

Yashasvi Jaiswal

The 21-year-old opener has already scored more runs this season than in any other IPL season. So far in the IPL 2023, he is Rajasthan’s leading run scorer.

Yuzvendra Chahal

The spinner had a rare off-day against Chennai Super Kings, but he has been picking up key wickets throughout the IPL this year.

Possible Playing XI:

Sanju Samson (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldip Yadav (Impact Player)

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Batsmen Worth Watching

Our batting options for the Mumbai Indians are Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav. Captain Sharma has scored over 10,000 T20 runs and has already scored 65 and 44 this season. Kishan’s highest score this season is 58 against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Our batting picks for the Rajasthan Royals are Sanju Samson, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Jos Buttler. Captain Samson is approaching 200 runs for the tournament this year and has already scored two half-centuries. Buttler is widely regarded as one of the best white ball batters in the world.

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Bowlers Worth Watching

Piyush Chawla, Riley Meredith, and Jason Behrendorff are our picks to bowl for the Mumbai Indians. Behrendorff has used his height and variations effectively throughout the tournament, and he defeated David Miller in the final game. Meredith is an expert in T20 cricket, having taken 106 wickets in this format.

Our bowling picks for the Rajasthan Royals are Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Jason Holder. Holder has plenty of IPL experience and can be effective at any stage of a T20 innings. In the previous game, Ashwin dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu.

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Head to Head

The Mumbai Indians lead the overall head-to-head series, but only by a slim margin of 15-13. Rajasthan Royals have only one win in their last four games against Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Head to Head Stats in IPL

  Matches Played MI Won RR Won Tie NR
Overall 28 15 13 0 0
Last 5 5 3 2 0 0

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Toss Prediction

So far, two of the three games have favored the teams that have chosen to chase the score. The bowlers get some early help from the surface, and it gets better to bat on as the game progresses. As a result, the team that wins the toss will have no hesitation in bowling first on this surface.

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Pitch Report

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is a batsman-friendly venue with a flat surface and shorter boundaries. Spinners who are willing to take chances and pitch the ball up have performed well on this surface. It’s a tough wicket for fast bowlers because there’s not much for them here.

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The sky over Mumbai will be clear on April 30, and as with previous games, we don’t expect much from the bowlers on this surface. Batsmen would enjoy this surface because it allows them to hit the ball on the rise. In this game, the team batting first should aim for a total of more than 180 runs.

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Prediction

The Mumbai Indians’ character will be put to the test. The team began the season with a weak bowling attack, which is now causing them problems. They must improve their bowling lines and get the most out of their batsmen. The Rajasthan Royals have a strong batting lineup as well as two spinners who can help troubled batsmen. Mumbai has a good record against Rajasthan, but the Rajasthan Royals will start as favorites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Rajasthan Royals is the favourite to beat Mumbai Indians at the odds of 1.82.

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Yuzvendra Chahal has 12 wickets in the 2023 IPL and is a strong contender to be Rajasthan Royals’ top wicket taker against Mumbai Indians.

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