About the Match
Rajasthan Royals with 4 points from 2 matches will go up against Mumbai Indians, who are yet to win a match in the upcoming league on 14th April at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad. Rajasthan Royals got their IPL campaign off to a bright start with 2 consecutive wins and will look to continue their winning strategy till the end. Whereas Mumbai Indians lost their two matches but the team has enough strength and confidence to fight back; both sides will be eager to dominate with their performance from the very first ball and emerge victorious on Tuesday.
Rajasthan Royals won their second match against Delhi Daredevils by 3 wickets after chasing 185 runs successfully; Deepak Hooda blasted a superb 54 off 25 and Ajinkya Rahane scored 47 off 39 to help them win the match after a string of dismissals. On the bowling front, Chris Morris picked up 2 for 35 and Pravin Tambe took 1 wicket; Rajasthan Royals can be termed as a club built on strength, courage and fighting prowess. This year the team has a batting heavy unit with the likes of Smith, Samson, Faulkner and Rahane, who are all capable of scoring runs at a brisk pace. Steven Smith’s exceptional batting, wicket-taking googlies and athletic fielding are helping the team leave no stone unturned for achieving success; James Faulkner’s speciality is the deceptive slower ball making him a weapon of choice in these shorter formats of the game. Stuart Binny has already established himself as a hard-hitting all-rounder and a finisher in the IPL; their weakness is however a lack of a specialist spinner which may hamper their ability to contain the run-flow. But, overall the team has the ability, motivation and fire-power to win the upcoming match.
Mumbai Indians lost their second match against Kings XI Punjab by 18 runs after failing to reach 178. Harbhajan Singh was the only saving grace as he blazed away to a 24-ball 64 while Jagadeesha Suchith posted an unbeaten 34 off 21 but the others failed in scoring the big runs. On the bowling front, Singh picked up 2-20 and Lasith Malinga also took 2 wickets; however, Mumbai Indians have a lot to improve upon if they want to repeat their 2013 performance wherein they had lifted the trophy under the inspired leadership of Rohit Sharma. Their strength lies in the depth of the batting order with Rohit Sharma, Aaron Finch, Corey Anderson and Ambati Rayudu making a formidable unit. The bowling department is looking good with Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Corey Anderson, and Vinay Kumar capable of taking regular wickets and restricting their opponents. Overall, the team need to do better if they want to pack a punch when it comes to overcoming challenges and winning matches.
Both teams are in contrasting form, still the match could swing either way; however, Rajasthan Royal’s two successive wins has made them more confident to beat any team. Although Mumbai will give a tough challenge, we feel that the Royals will emerge on top yet again.
Rajasthan Royals, 1.90 @ Bet365