About the Match
Mumbai Indians will host the Royals on 1st May and try to make a comeback into the tournament as they are presently in the seventh position with only 4 points on board. The visitors meanwhile suffered another wash-out against the Challengers and are positioned second on the table with 12 points from 9 matches. While Mumbai is desperate for a win to keep their hopes alive, Rajasthan Royals which has been sliding down in its performance in the last few outings needs a victory here to reclaim its top spot.
With two of their recent games washed away by rain, the players haven’t had a day in the middle for long; the bowlers look low on morale as results are not coming their way while the batting unit also has the work cut out going into the next match. Faulkner and Tambe proved to be costly in the match against RCB, which was abandoned due to rain and the team ended up sharing points; players like Kulkarni and Binny got a wicket each while Tim Southee’s 2-32 showed promise but they couldn’t make a serious dent on the opposition, getting hit for sixes and fours easily. Their previous encounter against KKR was also abandoned and prior to that their game against RCB had resulted in defeat by 9 wickets, exposing the gaps in their batting line-up. Scoring only 130 runs, the team couldn’t defend the total as bowlers failed to make a mark and take wickets. The trouble is brewing for Rajasthan Royals and unless they go back to their winning ways, it will be an uphill task when it comes to facing other teams, who have started to do well recently.
Winning against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs in the previous match would surely have boosted the team’s morale especially after their dismal start this season; opening the innings batting first, Simmons posted a well-made 51 off 42 balls while Rohit Sharma and Pollard contributed with good nicks in the middle to post 157 as the target. Malinga finally came to doing what he’s best at by taking 4-23 to demolish the opponent’s batting line-up; with McClenaghan taking 3-20, the Mumbai Indians stifled the Sunrisers’ run-flow to win the match. However, their game before that ended in defeat against Delhi Daredevils by 37 runs as the batsmen failed to chase 190. Sharma and Rayudu contributed with 30 runs each while Parthiv Patel scored a quick 28 off 19 but they all gave away their wickets too easily. The bowlers also didn’t impress much as McClenaghan took 2 wickets and Malinga and Bumrah took 1 each but they gave away too may runs. They will have to be alert against the Royals and come up with a winning strategy if they want to make amends before it’s too late.
Mumbai Indians not only have the home advantage on Friday but also are coming at the back of a confidence boosting win; the Royals on the other hand are known for their comebacks and will definitely put up a tough fight against the hosts. Although the match could swing either way, we feel that Rajasthan Royals will get its act together to emerge victorious yet again.