Mumbai Indians after loosing their last game to Delhi Daredevils now find themselves in a must win situation when they take on Rajasthan Royals. But it will be very difficult task for Sachin Tendulkar and his men since Rajasthan Royals haven’t lost a single game at home and most important thing they are on a role at the moment.
When the last time these two teams mate Mumbai Indians able to beat Rajasthan Royals quite comprehensively by 7 wickets. Now they need to repeat the same performance to alive their chances of making into the semi finals of IPL twenty20.
The Mumbai outfit is in a do-or-die situation as they have 12 points in their kitty from as many matches and two more victories will take them to a maximum of 16 points to ensure a berth in the semis.
Here is the scenario for Mumbai Indians for making into the last four. For Mumbai, currently on 12 points, two wins - against Rajasthan Royals and Bangalore Royal Challengers - will guarantee them a place in the semi-finals irrespective of what Chennai do. If they lose one, Chennai must suffer a reverse in their last game against Deccan. Also, Mumbai must ensure they do not lose by significant margins, or they could squander the net run-rate advantage they have over Chennai.
In case Mumbai win one and get one point from the other (if the match is abandoned), they will make the cut, while a loss and one point from the other or two losses will result in Chennai and Delhi joining Rajasthan and Kings XI Punjab in the semi-finals.
Player to Watch
Sanath Jayasurya: He found his form in good time when his team was in need and he must be eying a big score in a crunch game against Rajasthan Royals.
Sohail Tanvir: The Rajasthan Royals has a quality bowler but the bowler who performed consistently is Sohail Tanvir. He picked up wickets in each and every match in bulk and he must be eying to repeat his performance ofpast matches.
Pitch at Jaipur is full of runs and always supported their home team whether they were bowling or batting. But the likes of S.Jayasurya and S.Tendulkar enjoy batting on beauty of wickets at Jaipur and they love to get big score for their team.
G.Smith is suffering from hamstring injury so he may be rested out as Royals don’t want to take any chances before the big games so he might be replaced by Younis Khan or Shane Watson. On the other hand Mumbai Indians looks settle with their squad although they have lost their last two games but they are unlikely to bring any changes in their playing XI.
Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from India time)