Mumbai Indians is having a little dream run at the moment having won three out of the last three matches. The situation for Mumbai Indians was a very difficult one as they had to win all four of the remaining matches and also hope that results of other matches go their way as well. So far, Mumbai has done all they could do and the other results have gone their way as well. They face off against Rajasthan Royals in what is a knockout game for both teams in a way. Mumbai needs to win and have a better run rate than Rajasthan to qualify. Rajasthan, on the other hand only need to ensure that they win by a low margin so that their net run rate is still above Mumbai.
Rajasthan Royals will really rue the missed opportunities if they are not able to qualify for the play-offs. They lost to Mumbai at home quite easily and would be regretting their decision not to play their main players like Rahane and Tambe. Their bowling form has suddenly dropped down and the batsmen are not putting up the big scores. James Faulkner, the trump card for Rajasthan in last year’s IPL is doing very well with the bat but is having a bad tie with the bowl. He was one of the best bowlers for Rajasthan last year so his poor performances with the bowling are really hurting the team.
Mumbai Indians though will thank their lucky stars and look to put up a dominant performance in their last match at home to make sure that they qualify. The beat Delhi in the previous game but lost a golden chance to up their net run rate. They were cruising at one stage and looked all set to reach 200 but collapsed in the second half of their innings. They cannot afford any such mistakes against Rajasthan as they need a big win.
Mumbai is certainly the favorite team in this match as they have only lost one match at Wankhede since last year. Chennai beat them in this year’s IPl but other Mumbai has looked strong other than that one hiccup. The big hitters Pollard and Simmons will have a big role to play in this match as Mumbai needs to improve their run rate. Rohit Sharma will also be the key in the middle order and has to play a captain’s innings to help his team out. The spinners Harbhajan and Gopal are the in-form bowlers and they would be expected to restrict the Rajasthan team. Mumbai Indians is desperate to win and given their incredible home record, they should be able to beat Rajasthan Royals easily in this match.
Mumbai Indians – 1.76 @ Pinnacle Sports