About the Match
The Rajasthan Royals riding high with 14 points from 11 matches are playing against Mumbai Indians who have discovered their winning methods and have 6 points from 10 matches at Ahmedabad on May 19th; with a will to perform and improve their chances of making to the next level of the competition, Mumbai looks ahead with a positive spirit. Royals have the advantage of playing at home ground in front of a very supportive and sportive crowd. This is the first time they are meeting each other in this edition of IPL and both know the strengths and weaknesses of the other.
Will the Royals continue on their winning streak is a question that only time can answer but they surely have the self-belief and come up with timely and appropriate response to tackle a hard situation. They have the will power and every player is motivated to do his best; Rahane is very consistent, dependable and contributed 64 off 50 balls, opening the innings partnering with Karun in the last win they had against Daredevils, where they laid a foundation of 44 runs for the opening wicket. Others followed without looking back with Cooper, Vishwanadh and the always dependable all-rounder Faulkner who can demolish any opposition with his blistering heroics in the middle, making the crowd frenzy. They enjoy the battery of bowlers in Kulkarni and Cutting supported well by other bowlers like Tambe, Bhatia and Faulkner. The mix of medium pace and slow spinners is effectively controlling the game against all sides and the batsmen are not letting the team down. Mumbai Indians are sure to give glimpses of surprises but the Royals are well equipped to handle any given situation professionally.
They have Gautam and Rayudu who have been very consistent with the bat with Rohit also chipping valuably which has paid dividends to the performance of the team. Malinga and Bumrah are maintaining good line and length not allowing too much liberty to the batsmen. Harbhajan and Naman Ojha are lending good support when their role comes and as a whole the team has improved from match to match. Anderson and Pollard are also able to handle pressure situations and play a decisive role for the success of team; A. Tare is able to handle any slot in the team, as per the need of the moment and whenever he is at the crease, he ensures rotation of strike thus taking off pressure at the other end. In the present match, they have to tackle the defence of Rahane and contain Faulkner to have a hope for success. They have to handle the disguising and experienced Tambe who has solutions to scare any settled batsman; with their positive attitude they can surely give a tough fight to the strongest of teams.
The Rajasthan Royals are a very difficult team with lot of self belief and will to deliver, professionally; they are strategizing game by game and execute their plans clinically. While Mumbai will definitely make it difficult for the opponents, we expect a win for the Rajasthan Royals in this tense match at home.
Rajasthan Royals, 1.72 @ Bet365