Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Jaipur

Mumbai meet Rajasthan in inconsequential game

The Preview by Abhishek Purohit

May 19, 2012

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Match facts

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar was bamboozled by an offbreak from Sunil Narine, Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Mumbai, May 16, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar has had a modest run this season by his standards © AFP

Big Picture

With Delhi Daredevils crushing Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians are into the playoffs, rendering the 72nd and final league game of IPL 2012 inconsequential. Rajasthan Royals are already knocked out, while Mumbai Indians' focus will be on the eliminator and whether they will play Royal Challengers Bangalore or Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai Indians and Royals met in the closing stages of last season, with Shane Watson's 3 for 19 and unbeaten 89 off 47 balls delivering a 10-wicket win. It was also Shane Warne's final IPL game and his side gave him a rousing send-off with the victory. It may or may not be Rahul Dravid's final IPL game tomorrow. After a tame loss to Deccan Chargers finished their playoff hopes, can Royals end their season with a win?

Mumbai Indians are also coming off a big loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, and could do with a win going into the eliminator.

Form guide

Rajasthan Royals: LWLWW (most recent first)
Mumbai Indians : LWWLW

Players to watch

After the defeat to Chargers, Rahul Dravid reflected on what he said had been an emotional two months for him in this IPL. This has been by far his most productive IPL season, with 457 runs. He might be back next year, he might not be. Tomorrow will his last innings, for quite some time at least.

The other great, Sachin Tendulkar, has had a modest run this season by his standards, averaging 25.50 from 11 innings with just one half-century. Like all batsmen have this season, he struggled to pick Sunil Narine on Wednesday, eventually getting bowled trying to cut a big offbreak. Expect an even more determined Tendulkar tomorrow.

Stats and trivia

  • Royals still have a strong home record with 19 wins from 28 games, second only to Chennai Super Kings
  • This is Rohit Sharma's best IPL in terms of runs - 419 so far - but in terms of strike-rate, 2008 was his best year. His 404 runs from that edition came at 147.98 against 129.72 this season


    "We accept that we haven't played the way we wanted to play. People say we haven't played to our potential, [but] still we are at No.3 [in the points table]. So, if we as a team can play to our potential, I am sure we are going to do well."
    Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma

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Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

@Shakika Fraser... Have you been watching the IPL or not... Cooper has not been playing since he is suffering from Injury

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

@SurlyCynic No offence meant but you mean to say that games should be decided on fair play and not on wins. Mumbai had shown erratic behaviour on field but they also have 9 wins to show on points table. Barring those two three ugly instances, they had also showed enough quality on the pitch and that's why they deserve a spot in the eliminators

Posted by fahim22 on (May 20, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

@surlycynic. I agree, the only reason mumbai has so many fans is because of SRT and MALINGA. Dont get me wrong its not mumbai it Munaf and Harbhajan who dont deserve to be in this team(hence the playoffs as well)

Posted by TheMeanMachine on (May 20, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

Was disappointed by RR's meek surrender to DC in the last match when the place into the playoffs were at stake. wonder what will be their motivation now?

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

@sawnoff-its not necessary that a team has to finish in top 3 after league stage.the 3 teams that play the two qualifiers(playfffs) will go to he clt20.and if the 3rd placed team at the end of the league stage loses the eliminator,its does not get qualified for the clt20.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

MI should play new players like leggie Yuzvendra Chahal for dead rubber. Bored of Harbhajan Singh monotonous bowling. Yuzvendra Chahal did well in CL final last year. Will be good in dry Jaipur pitch.

Suryakumar Ashok Yadav instead of Sachin.

MI can have Ojha as well.

So Malinga, Munaf, , Pragyan, Yuzvendra and 2 of Smith, Harbhajan, Ojha for bowling Yadav, Rohit, Dinesh, Gibbs, Ambati, form batting Pollard as all-rounder

Gibbs and Karthik can open, this time with no over-cautiousness as Sachin does

Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (May 20, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

MI should win in order to keep the winning momentum going into the play-offs.

Posted by Kishor_shinde on (May 20, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

CLT20 wont be decided by this table ranking........Winner of 1st Eliminator will join KKR n DD in CLT20..........Please correct me if I am wrong.

Posted by Charith99 on (May 20, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Royals made a huge blunder by not playing chandimal all season they did not gave him any chance.they kept playing shah who was hapless against spinners.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

RR should play Chandimal and see

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