Rajasthan Aim to Enter Top Two
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.