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IPL 2023, MI vs RR: In search of consistency, the Mumbai Indians face up against the scorching Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians cannot afford to make an error now that the IPL 2023 has passed the halfway point and the playoff competition has advanced to the next round. The five-time champions saw a successful comeback after their first two losses when they won three straight games, but that success was fleeting as two more losses sent them to the bottom part of the standings.

They now come up against the Rajasthan Royals, a club that has been consistently turning up great performances. They are doing well across the board and triumphing even without Trent Boult, their primary strike bowler.

Team MI News

There are severe issues for MI, particularly with their death bowling, which caused their previous two losses in games with heavy scoring.

Last weekend's game between Punjab Kings and MI at the Wankhede Stadium was won by Punjab Kings thanks to a staggering 96 runs that MI's bowlers let up in the last 30 balls.

As if that weren't enough, MI lost to the reigning champion Gujarat Titans by 70 runs in the final 24 balls.

Given that RR's batting has been reliable enough, MI will need more from their top-order, but the challenge on Sunday night will be to present a united front.

To assist MI revive their campaign, in particular, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav will need to be fired.

The Mumbai team is mired in the bottom of the standings after the first half of the competition, where they are now ranked eighth.

It is unknown whether Jofra Archer would play in the match against his old team Rajasthan in the bowling department.

The English pacer, who is far from being healthy, has had to spend additional time healing from his season-long elbow issues as well as a sickness that prevented him from playing against Gujarat Titans.

Arjun Tendulkar, Riley Meredith, and Jason Behrendorff are a few pricey examples.

Team RR News

RR will try to capitalize on MI's weaknesses. At this batting-friendly surface, RR has the batting lineup firepower to amass a total of around 200.

Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal, RR's reliable top pair, are joined by Shimron Hetmyer, Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, and Dhruv Jurel in the middle.

The Royals' season-saving discovery has been the right-handed, uncapped Jurel, who routinely makes rapid runs.

The spin combo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin, who have so far claimed a combined 23 wickets in eight games, is without a doubt RR's strongest aspect of the bowling squad.

Trent Boult, a left-arm fast bowler, has shown remarkable early in the season. With nine wickets in six games, the Kiwi has emerged as one of RR's strongest weapons.

Entire Squads

Ishan Kishan (wk), Tristan Stubbs, Vishnu Vinod, Cameron Green, Arjun Tendulkar, Ramandeep Singh, Shams Mulani, Riley Meredith, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Dewald Brevis, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokeen, Arshad Khan, Duan Jansen, Piyush Chawla, Raghav Goyal, Kumar Kartikeya, Jofra Archer, Jason Behrendorff, and Akash Madhwal are some of the names mentioned.

RR: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c&wk), Dhruv Jorel, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, R Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, M Ashwin, K M Asif, K C Cariappa, Donovan Ferreira, Devdutt Padikkal, Obey McCoy, Joe Root, Kuldeep Sen, Akash Vashist, Kuldip Yadav, Adam Zampa, Abdul Basith.

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