About the Match
The whole Wankhede will turn blue when Rajasthan Royals take on Mumbai Indians on May 15, 2013. Both the sides are equal on points (20) with only net run rate separating them. This game is as important as it can get considering the points table. Mumbai is already placed at first position and a win for them would make their claim even stronger. Rajasthan Royals are placed at number three and a win would take them to the first spot. Mumbai’s pitch has proved to be a flat deck so far with all of the matches being high scoring. With excellent batting lineup on both the sides, a run scoring feast is expected.
Mumbai Indians have an excellent side on paper with plenty of good players still sitting on the bench. After a poor start to the season, they’ve had a dream run and have won almost all of their games. In addition to that, their home record has been terrific this season as they are still the side to beat at home. Kieron Pollar played gem on an innings last night to power them to an easy victory which seemed to be out of reach at one point. They are just about beginning to pick momentum and peaking at the right time. With so many game changers at their disposable, they are a team to beat.
Rajasthan Royals were called as underdogs before the season started. Surprisingly to many, they’ve played exceedingly well and are eyeing the first spot in the points table. They have had an excellent run winning all of their games at home. They’ve not had as good away campaign but it has been acceptable. Rahane has scored runs in the season and Watson and Binny haes been phenomenal with both bat and ball. Faulkner and Cooper have prospered well under selfless leadership of Rahul Dravid. They’ve sorted out their bowling issues and have depth in their batting with Brad Hodge coming in at 7. The pitch at Wankhede would be much like Jaipur providing them a home like surface to play on. Rajasthan has been a tough side to beat thus far and nothing less is expected this time as well.
It’s becoming mighty tight at the top and a win can make a big difference. Both the teams have been superb so far and would be looking to continue their dream run. Can Rajasthan Royals replicate their home success here too? It’s hard to say, but they have the side and the surface won’t be much different than Jaipur. They have a well-balanced side with almost everyone in good touch. Mumbai too is a good side and it’s very hard to choose between them. I’d go with Rajasthan Royals due to Watson’s excellent form and the better return they offer.
Rajasthan Royals, 2.25 @ William Hill