Ra­jasthan Aim to En­ter Top Two

The Economic Times - - Sports - PTI

With their hopes of mak­ing the play­offs all but over, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mum­bai In­di­ans will have to find sal­va­tion in play­ing for pride as they face the Ra­jasthan Roy­als to­day. Their op­po­nents, though, have a lit­tle more at risk, re­quir­ing ev­ery win pos­si­ble to reach the top two. Mum­bai are sec­ond to last in the points ta­ble, hav­ing won just three of ten matches. They’ve hardly looked like the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons. On the other hand, Ra­jasthan are third with seven wins from eleven matches. As since their first sea­son, they’ve re­lied on the per­for­mances of lit­tle-known play­ers to punch above their weight. The Roy­als’ last loss was against Chen­nai, who were suc­cess­ful in ex­pos­ing their batting frail­ties with some in­ci­sive bowl­ing. With the ex­cep­tion of cap­tain Shane Wat­son, none of the other top-or­der bats­men made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion. Their bowl­ing has been con­sis­tent as well, the best be­ing 42-year-old Pravin Tambe (15 wick­ets) and 34-year-old Ra­jat Bha­tia (12). James Faulkner, Kane Richard­son and Shane Wat­son form the sup­port cast. Their job will be to con­tain the in­con­sis­tent Mum­bai batting—in­clud­ing Lendl Sim­mons, Am­bati Rayudu, cap­tain Ro­hit Sharma and the mer­cu­rial Kieron Pol­lard.

DELHI TAKE ON PUN­JAB

The Dare­dev­ils will look to re­store some re­spectabil­ity to their cam­paign when they take on Kings XI Pun­jab at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Delhi have man­aged just two wins in 11 matches this sea­son and have lost six of their pre­vi­ous games. Pun­jab, on the other hand, are en­joy­ing a dream run with a num­ber of key play­ers per­form­ing well. They’ve chased down 200 plus scores twice this edi­tion so far and has looked the most promis­ing out­fit.

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