Mumbai v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Mumbai May 14, 2013

Can Royals breach Mumbai's fortress?

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Match facts

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Start time 2000 (1530 GMT)

Big picture

Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals have been unbeaten at home this season, and their clash on Wednesday could be a prelude to what may follow in the play-offs. In their respective previous games, it seemed at one stage that their home advantage was about to be undermined, but Shane Watson and Kieron Pollard completely altered the course of the chases with destructive half-centuries that left their opponents scarred. Mumbai have been unshakeable at the Wankhede, Royals have had some trouble on the road.

The No.1 spot in the table with a game in hand could be at stake in Wednesday's clash, and it also likely that these two teams will not have seen the last of each other this IPL season.

Sachin Tendulkar suffered cramps on his left hand and was struggling to grip the bat during the chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He retired hurt on 38, and it remains to be seen if he's recovered well to take on Royals.

Form guide

Mumbai Indians: WWWWL
Rajasthan Royals: WWWWL

In the spotlight

Dwayne Smith has been consistent with his starts, but has had matches this season where he's struggled in the opening overs, slowing the innings down. It has helped that Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma have scored quickly later in the order, but Smith has played and missed often, got bogged down and hasn't really dominated the start of an innings. His last five innings read 38 off 40, 22 off 24, 47 off 53, 0 off 1, and 21 off 17.

It'll be interesting to see what changes Rahul Dravid makes to Royals' batting order. Sending James Faulkner and Sanju Samson at No.3 and 4 respectively in a big chase against Chennai Super Kings did raise some eyebrows, before Watson and Stuart Binny helped their side cruise home. It could depend on what happens at the toss, but if there's been a team this season that has tweaked around its line-up and XIs, it's the Royals.

Stats and Trivia

  • Shane Watson has done pretty well against Lasith Malinga in T20 cricket, taking him for 71 runs off 46 balls while being dismissed by him once. Rahul Dravid, in comparison, has been quite subdued, scoring 24 off 32.
  • Simon Taufel is the most experienced on-field T20 umpire, having stood in 104 matches. However, he is tied with Marais Erasmus for the most number of matches as both on-field and TV umpire - 126. Erasmus has stood as on-field umpire in 96 matches, and as TV umpire in 30 games. Taufel's numbers are 104 and 22.

Quotes

"Stuart Binny is a really improved cricketer now. The way he has handled the pressure shows he has really matured and it is time that the national selectors also take note of his performance. In T20 format he is a superb finisher and contributes with the ball too. I am really happy for him."
Rahul Dravid on Stuart Binny

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Romenevans on May 15, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    @sweet2hrme Its never a one man show when it comes to RR. This is probbaly the only team that performs with every one's contribution. Remember what we did to MI at our backyard? Its a team that has a core setup on the base of every player's contribution. When Dravid fails, Rahane chips in, when Rahane fails Sanju chips in and when Watto fails Hodge chips in...and when everybody fails binny chips in. Don't underestimate us, we are going to cause some serious trouble to those stars studded teams.

  • hm007 on May 14, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    RR Won against Mumbai in Jaipur by setting a big target and putting pressure on Mumbai. It worked well then but it is a very risky strategy this time. Chasing is RRs best bet but should contain Mumbai to less than 160. This would require RR to play at their best esp. During the death overs where Mumbai have always gone crazy. I don't think RR Should open with Dravid and Rahane as both are similar players and need time. watto should open and ask him to go easy early on. Only then RR can win.

  • MonkeyMonkey on May 14, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    mi vs rr will be a great contest. if pollard bats he will fire and he's in form in form so no one can stop him. if sach dosen't play i think rayudu should come opening and s yadav should play. if kp and r sharma fire mi will win!!! the batting is already good but it will be a contest in the bowling. lets go MUMBAI INDIANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 15, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I think the reason why RR is unable to increase its NRR beyond csk and MI is because they have won most matches chasing. When you chase, you whether it's 120 or 190, you'll end up chasing in 19-20 overs. Not too much scope to increase NRR there. It is easier improving NRR by batting first and winning by 30-40 runs.

  • on May 15, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    It is easy to be a great cricketer. But it is difficult to be a great man. We are privileged to watch Dravid Bhai on the field again. In fact we feel every ounce of gentleman game which is missing in cricket when Dravid Bhai leads a team.(Take KKR, RCB! Oh! Unbelievable words coming out of skippers mouth! Feels very bad when we pretend them to be representing our region!)

  • THEBOSS on May 15, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Definately RR is going to breach Mumbai's fortress today...Not sure whether sachin is fully fit or not ..it will make difference to mumbai team strength and combination..Kieron Pollard cannot hit every bowlers like what he did to Perera/Mishra..We know how he struggled to hit in middle of the bat to STEYN..RR is a good bowling unit which will make feel the pressure for MI..

  • gayansumeera2 on May 15, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Really disappointed with the ignorance of Kusal Perera by Royals, He deserves at least one more chance before the end of the series.

  • RajSuperman on May 15, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    @shripadk I think you are completely off the mark ;-) winning by 10 runs by Mumbai does not assure that Mumbai will go to top the table on NRR. If Mumbai score 230 in 20 overs and Royals responds with 220 all out in 19 overs then NRR of Mumbai will be 0.599 - languishing in the second spot. Similarly if Mumbai scores 140 in 20 overs and RR is bundled out for 120 in 18 overs then NRR of mumbai is 0.611 - languishing again in second. There are plenty of combinations wherein even if MI wins they cannot lead the table. S Rajesh beware of a potential threat to your job ;-)

  • unni001 on May 15, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Today Sachin is not playing for Mumbai.He is injured. But we will not miss him since Sachin is playing for Rajasthan Royals .Hope Sachin baby makes a fantastic impact today.

  • on May 15, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Whether Mumbai wins or RR , I am just so excited to see the strategy on the ground. I get a feeling MI will go with the unchanged squad but there are lot expected from Dravid. The way he has done the captaincy , expecting the same team is like expecting Chris Gayle to play two maidens.

    On a serious note , I think RR should bring in Fidel edwards in place of Hodge and drop an indian bowler , I guess trivedi for Sachin baby. If thats a big risk to take in a crucial match then I think they should have an extra bowler preferably Shree in place of Yagnik and keep rest of the team as it is.

    Cant wait to see the team !

  • Romenevans on May 15, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    @sweet2hrme Its never a one man show when it comes to RR. This is probbaly the only team that performs with every one's contribution. Remember what we did to MI at our backyard? Its a team that has a core setup on the base of every player's contribution. When Dravid fails, Rahane chips in, when Rahane fails Sanju chips in and when Watto fails Hodge chips in...and when everybody fails binny chips in. Don't underestimate us, we are going to cause some serious trouble to those stars studded teams.

  • hm007 on May 14, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    RR Won against Mumbai in Jaipur by setting a big target and putting pressure on Mumbai. It worked well then but it is a very risky strategy this time. Chasing is RRs best bet but should contain Mumbai to less than 160. This would require RR to play at their best esp. During the death overs where Mumbai have always gone crazy. I don't think RR Should open with Dravid and Rahane as both are similar players and need time. watto should open and ask him to go easy early on. Only then RR can win.

  • MonkeyMonkey on May 14, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    mi vs rr will be a great contest. if pollard bats he will fire and he's in form in form so no one can stop him. if sach dosen't play i think rayudu should come opening and s yadav should play. if kp and r sharma fire mi will win!!! the batting is already good but it will be a contest in the bowling. lets go MUMBAI INDIANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 15, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I think the reason why RR is unable to increase its NRR beyond csk and MI is because they have won most matches chasing. When you chase, you whether it's 120 or 190, you'll end up chasing in 19-20 overs. Not too much scope to increase NRR there. It is easier improving NRR by batting first and winning by 30-40 runs.

  • on May 15, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    It is easy to be a great cricketer. But it is difficult to be a great man. We are privileged to watch Dravid Bhai on the field again. In fact we feel every ounce of gentleman game which is missing in cricket when Dravid Bhai leads a team.(Take KKR, RCB! Oh! Unbelievable words coming out of skippers mouth! Feels very bad when we pretend them to be representing our region!)

  • THEBOSS on May 15, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Definately RR is going to breach Mumbai's fortress today...Not sure whether sachin is fully fit or not ..it will make difference to mumbai team strength and combination..Kieron Pollard cannot hit every bowlers like what he did to Perera/Mishra..We know how he struggled to hit in middle of the bat to STEYN..RR is a good bowling unit which will make feel the pressure for MI..

  • gayansumeera2 on May 15, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Really disappointed with the ignorance of Kusal Perera by Royals, He deserves at least one more chance before the end of the series.

  • RajSuperman on May 15, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    @shripadk I think you are completely off the mark ;-) winning by 10 runs by Mumbai does not assure that Mumbai will go to top the table on NRR. If Mumbai score 230 in 20 overs and Royals responds with 220 all out in 19 overs then NRR of Mumbai will be 0.599 - languishing in the second spot. Similarly if Mumbai scores 140 in 20 overs and RR is bundled out for 120 in 18 overs then NRR of mumbai is 0.611 - languishing again in second. There are plenty of combinations wherein even if MI wins they cannot lead the table. S Rajesh beware of a potential threat to your job ;-)

  • unni001 on May 15, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Today Sachin is not playing for Mumbai.He is injured. But we will not miss him since Sachin is playing for Rajasthan Royals .Hope Sachin baby makes a fantastic impact today.

  • on May 15, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Whether Mumbai wins or RR , I am just so excited to see the strategy on the ground. I get a feeling MI will go with the unchanged squad but there are lot expected from Dravid. The way he has done the captaincy , expecting the same team is like expecting Chris Gayle to play two maidens.

    On a serious note , I think RR should bring in Fidel edwards in place of Hodge and drop an indian bowler , I guess trivedi for Sachin baby. If thats a big risk to take in a crucial match then I think they should have an extra bowler preferably Shree in place of Yagnik and keep rest of the team as it is.

    Cant wait to see the team !

  • on May 15, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I think MI batting is more balanced than RR while RR Bowling is more balanced and consistent than MI, All the MI batsman (Except Rayudu) got MOM while all RR bowler shown how difficult to score against them, since it's going to be an batting wicket, it will be interesting to see which side will dominant MI batting or RR Bowling

  • latecut_04 on May 15, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    'No one deserves to win more than Rahul Dravid'--Gavaskar. Just look how fit and committed he has turned up for the tournament.(not to speak of his leadership and batting so far in the series.)For somebody who was blamed by Vijay Mallya for wrong team selection, test match style batting and 'N" number of other failings after the first edition, the gladiatorial Rahul Dravid marches on silencing his critics dignifiedly but professionally.(as always) He did not seem tired during Eng tour(like most Indian players) after IPL2011 instead scored 3 100s in 4 matches(not to speak of his contribution against WI).Rightly drew curtains to his test career after failings down under the same year....Can this man ever do anything wrong....He is a template which can be followed not only by budding cricketers BUT any aspiring individual....well....I for one do that.....and believe I am in a populated club judging by the affection and support poured on RR only because of RD..Halla BOl..!!!!!

  • veerakannadiga on May 15, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    all th best RD. Go ahead and win, not only this match, but the championship. Nobody deserves this more than you. For those who find my statement biased, go ask the most famous (and the best) Mumbai cricketer - SMG, 'cause this is his statement on telly during extra innings .. from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • shripadk on May 15, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @karthikramnatarajan Dude, you need to check your maths because that is wrong. If as you say MI make 140 in 20 overs and RR get it in 20 overs, the NRR of Mumbai will become +0.591. Not +0.069.

    The formula is (TOTAL RUNS SCORED / TOTAL OVERS FACED ) - (TOTAL RUNS SCORED AGAINST / TOTAL OVERS BOWLED ).

    Yes, if it is close game either way, the NRR may dip below CSK, but not by much. If it is victory by even 20 runs for MI, they will go well betong CSK NRR to take top sport. If it is huge win, they will cement their top spot.

    Mumbai actually needs just about 10 run victory to cross CSK NRR.

  • ravi_hari on May 15, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    I dont think NRR is on the minds of either team. They would like to finish with a win. As both have the same wins and losses, this game gains importance to show which team has been more consistant at home and away. As on today, both teams are confortably placed in the play-offs. It will alter only if something dramatic happens. MI definitely has the home advantage and is competing with RR to make it a perfect 8. RR may not have the stars like Mi but have shown the willingness to take the fight to the enemy's camp and end up on the winning side. MI is made up of 2 batsmen and 2 bowlers, however RR is a complete team. It is definitely a challenge for RR to beat MI at home. If they can do this today, it will give a huge boost to their morale and will help them cruise ahead in the competition. Both teams will have 1 away game each after this and a win today will make things easier for them. It would be great to see a MI vs RR final in Kolkatta!

  • Pathiyal on May 15, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    RR has been a very impressive team and i wont be surprised if they are able to beat MI...hope that wont happen tonite though :-)

  • on May 15, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    i think that MI peaked at the right time all the big guns firing it would be a gr8 contest

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 15, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    @tj.k. SuperKings2012 is right in a way though it doesn't matter that much whether it is a low or high scoring match. What matters more is the margin of victory. Please don't make assumptions or statements like "Whichever team wins, their NRR will certainly improve". Earlier this season, CSK's NRR dropped for two straight matches in spite of wins. Anyway, if MI wins by a very small margin, their NRR will drop. For example, if MI beats RR by just 1 run, MI NRR will drop to 0.597 from its current 0.636. CSK is now 0.625 and if MI wants to remain above that, then MI has to win by a margin of 10 runs or more. If it chases, then it has to win with at least 1 over to spare. The current NRR gap in 'runs' tems is MI is ahead of CSK by 3 runs and CSK is ahead of RR by about 32 runs. Having said this, as a CSK fan, actually I wish a one sided, high margin win by either team by which CSK may drop to second place but then the NRR gap between the losing team and CSK will be large enough to cushi

  • karthikramnatarajan on May 15, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    @tj.k and @the gladiator: folks first you understand the math behind NRR (NET Run Rate) and then comment whether someone is wrong. Right now MI have scored 2215/278.1 and given away 2015/275.0, while RR have scored 2140/270.5 and given away 2024/273.4. Assume that MI bat first and score 140 in 20 overs and RR while chasing bat through 20 overs to score 135, Mi's NRR will reduce to +0.069 while CSKs will remain at 0.625. Now isn't it possible for CSK to remain at the top even if MI win the match????

  • kristee on May 15, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Perhaps T'kar wasn't faking his injury. But, if he turns up today, there's a strong case for suspecting it was the case. His continuance then would have let his side down, given his record in tricky situations. His exit had of course resulted in a temporary lull, but then that lull could have followed his subsequent dismissal too, presuming he'd have perished some time after, especially as he too often does, while accelerating, which was very much needed contextually, and the time would have run out, in the process.

  • CSreekumar on May 15, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    RR punched above their weight whereas MI punched little lesser to theirs. MIs big guns are getting in the grove, they are certain contenders. For this match RR need some special performance from Watto and Faulkner and support by everybody. Whereas MI need one of LM/MJ/PO/HS with ball and DS/DK/RS/KP with bat. MI all the way....

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 15, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    The NRR converted to a rough run differential is: MI is ahead of CSK by 3 runs and then CSK is ahead of RR by 32 runs. CSK fans will be hoping for a big one sided match today between MI and RR. A big win by either MI or RR will increase the 'NRR gap' between CSK and the losing team. CSK can then still lose to RCB but end up in the top 2.

  • TheGladiator on May 15, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @SuperKings2012 - Mumbai have a superior run rate as compared to chennai. If they win today, no matter by whatever margin, their run rate would increase. Get your MATH right buddy!!!!!!!

  • tj.k on May 15, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @ SuperKings2012. Whichever team wins, their NRR will certainly improve. NRR doesn't depend on high scoring or low scoring games but on the margin of the win. So even if MI win by one run or on the last ball in a low scoring game, they will top the table again bcoz their NRR is already better than CSK and it will only improve with the win. This game is Mumbai Indians' to lose. What happened at Jaipur was a failure of the MI batsmen which can happen to the best of teams. MI is the superior team and probably the best team in this IPL. I predict that MI will win comfortably and again top the table. And that will virtually assure them a top 2 finish.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 15, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    That Dravid is a Super Captain in IPL6 is now well known, acknowledged and appreciated too. It's Dravid The Inventor of Strategy that arouses everyone's curiosity and interest.

    He has 14 templates to look at - which one will he use for today's match OR will he come up with a 15th template is what we are waiting to see.

    A few cardinal rules: 1) Don't waste PowerPlay balls 2) Handle the death overs carefully while bowling 3) Don't "rest" performers 4) Don't play Owais Shah 5) Remember: Sachin Baby in playing 11 is a Lucky Mascot :-)

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 15, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @Rahul Dravid, am sure national selector Roger Binny, is closely watching Stuart Binny...

  • Otuwa on May 15, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    I love to see Sachin's some classical shots.

  • Vishal_07 on May 15, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Happy for Dravid, and happy for RR's success under him. To me, Dravid was born to play Test, ODI and T20 are afterthoughts for this gentleman cricketer. Like it or not, T20 won't do justice to his career. His record in IPL would be rated as 'above average' but not exemplary. His 1st team, Bangalore let him go in favor of the likes of Gayle, Kohli, and AB, and he has never been in contention of the orange cap, and his SR has hovered around 115.

    Like I said, T20 is not what defines Rahul Dravid!

  • on May 15, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    Why can't people just leave Sachin alone?I like Dravid more and I feel he's playing better than most his age at the moment, but that doesn't mean anyone should disrespect Sachin. He's had problems this year but he was looking good especially that over when he got injured. If anything his removal from the picture proved a little problematic for Mumbai before the Pollard show began. I feel Dravid is better at adapting to the format AT THE MOMENT than Sachin, but you cannot deny he's played very well in the IPL. But hopefully, this year will be Dravid's. He deserves the trophy.

  • on May 15, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Mumbai clearly is the stronger side.For all their spirit RR will find it a bit too much to breach Wankhede. While their bowling attack is decent, it's hardly enough to contain the formidable Mumbai batsmen. Sachin, Rohit, Karthik,Pollard, Raydu all can win matches on their own.Rajastan should bring in Sreesanth. While he can be wayward, on his day he can be lethal even against the best in business.

  • Narbavi on May 15, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    If there is one team that can break MI's run at wankhede then its the Royals, but it could also turn the other way around as Royals would love to experiment even more since they are assured of a play off spot!!

  • on May 15, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    The cool captian of Royal are supported by a bunch of talented cricketers, so far either Rahane, Watson, Sanju or Binny is there to support him in batting which makes one of the best batting line-up in this IPL. Mumbai is also having, Kartik, Pollard and Rohit Sharma. This battle will be more intense than RR v/s Chennai. I will bet on a RR win today.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 15, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas whether he feigned it or not, I think it was a superb move by MI to 'retire' Sachin and bring in a batsman with higher SR. When a batting order can be shuffled to suit the match situation, what is the problem if a batsman with a SR of 120 is replaced with a batsman with a higher SR. Dravid demoted himself to #8 knowing he wasn't capable of big hitting. Its perfectly fine to do so. Its a matter of placing the right player for a given situation. Having said that MI has taken 5 years to learn this lesson. But having learnt this, I think they'll defeat RR. Go CSK!

  • on May 15, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    It will be interesting to see Dravid's strategy tonight. Against Chennai, he went for an all-out pace attack. Considering the conditions favoring the bat in Mumbai, will he go for an extra batsman? Also high time for MI to re-think their opening combination (if they want to that is). Ideally they would want someone to attack from the start while Sachin holds one end up. That hasn't happened. They only have 2 games to experiment before they hit the playoffs. Rayudu hasn't had the best of IPL. They can get him to open in the next 2 games considering he has done well for MI at no.3, drop Smith and get in Oram who would be effective with his bowling on slightly slower pitches in Chennai and Kolkata. Plus they would have a big hitting backup at no.6 if Pollard and Rohit Sharma fail in the middle order.

  • Yasin123Patel on May 15, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Well. Polard inning is once in a 5years. And perera bowled lots of full legnth balls. And few short ball at moderate hight. So it easy for pollard cause its his (also gayle's) stregnth. So RR need to not bowl there to him. RR bowls a very good in death overs in last 2 match. So hope they 'll do that. I hope sachin 'll play because it biggest advantage for RR. Its time for faulkner to get rythm. Now important matches are coming.

  • Nike_007 on May 15, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    All those who are saying that RR bowling is weak and MI will thrash it are not following IPL and MI matches. MI didn't score 100 against RR in match at Jaipur facing the same weak bowling.

    Crazy fans always first underestimate a team and then get shocked when the underdogs out-perform. There is no medicine for over-confidence until you get a wake-up call which MI will get in this match.

  • dcaprio on May 15, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas-Last year MI thumed RR in both ames..in one by 27 runs at wankhede and by 10 wickets in Jaipur..oouchh!!!here is the link..http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/match/548317.html

  • kristee on May 15, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Dravid must be more cautious about experimenting too much. Typical lower order players like Faulkner should not be promoted unnecessarily. He could be more handy in his usual position.

  • IndCricFan2013 on May 15, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    Remember, If it is a low scoring match that goes to wire, irrespective win or lose NRR will go down, in which case CSK will stay at top. Chance for RR or MI to go to top is win in a bit of high scoring match or win by a big margin. Also, the last match all 3 team play away. RR has a chance to lose both in MI and SRH forts... It is a real test for RR, all 3 teams deserving to be at top, CSK more so, since they own most away games. Let us see what happens.

  • kristee on May 15, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    MI fans seem to be hoping that law of average may work against Watto. If he manages to stay beyond 15 overs, well, MI could be struggling. Take away one of KP, LM or MJ, in that order, MI start looking vulnerable. But for KP's mauling of Perera ad Mishra, aided by White's mediocre captaincy, they would have lost the previous match by some distance, whatever the truth about the 'injury' involved. And Kulkarni was lucky to see a hit or miss player, instead of a genuine hitter, wasting away the advantage Dhavan, Patel & Co so emphatically bestowed upon their side.

  • on May 14, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    The pitch might get slower as match progresses. In this case RR should look to bat first with Watson opening. Harmeet/Chavan can come in place of Trivedi. Sachin Baby can come in place of Yagnik. Mumbai has strong spin attack. So, Owais Shah can come in place of Hodge. Samuel Badree can come in place of Cooper.

  • RoyalGladiator on May 14, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    for all those who are all gaga about MI being strong nd pollard being on "fire"... how many times have Pollard actually "fired" in the entire season... he s juss one inning wonder as of now.... MI certainly will be a tough challenge for RR, but throughout the season, each and every member of RR playing XI has shown their metal... being it bowling dept. (Chandila, Cooper, faulkner..etc) or batting deptt. (Dravid, Watson, Binny, Rahaney....). i open challenge to anyone, u give such a team of uncapped players to Dhoni (for CSK) or Sachin/Rohit/Ponting (for MI), i would love to see how they handle them... its the experience of "the wall" which has brought these players to play with an open mind and prove their worth on Intn'nl platforms... it would be a challenge but not impossible to breach MI in their own soil... RR has done it earlier and they can, infact, they will do it yet again... @TheGladiator dude ur stats myt go point blank... but m afraid the target might interchnge.. Halla Bol

  • harshadphadke on May 14, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas your comments about sachin feigning an injury are ridiculous,SRT fears no one and he was looking in great touch yesterday, had he not got injured the match would not have entered such a hopeless situation

  • KING OF IPL on May 14, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    @Dravid Grvitas if you think schin went cuz he knew he couldn't chase then lets wait n watch buddy tommorow

  • TheGladiator on May 14, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - Sachin got injured, otherwise Karan Sharma would have gone for more runs in that over and Dravid would not have given him another over. The match would have been over quite before as Sachin would have thrashed Steyn in the later stages of the match. If Sachin is fit, and he plays against RR, then he would score more than any Rajasthan batsmen. Wanna bet ????

  • TheGladiator on May 14, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Mumbai are a superior team than Rajasthan. Mumbai batsmen are going to thrash the RR bowlers all round the park. (Faulkner,Cooper,Watson,Binny,Chandila dont have it in them to stop the Mumbai batsmen on a Wankhede pitch. They just rely on change of pace variations. They dont have a bowler with an X-factor like Steyn, Malinga or Narine. And although Tait has pace, but his radar is more often than not off the mark. I cant see them troubling the Mumbai batsmen.) If you guys dont believe me, then just wait and watch it tomorrow. If Mumbai bat first, then they would score in excess of 190 and win the match by atleast 40 runs. If Mumbai bowl first, then they would restrict Rajasthan to under 160 and chase down the total in 18 overs with 6 wickets in hand.

  • on May 14, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas MI ROCKS & it's SACHIN vs RR

  • on May 14, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    If there is one team this year that has the potential to breach Wankhede Fortress, it's Dravid's Royal Army. Best of Luck RR.

  • sweet2hrme on May 14, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I really want to see final match b/w MI vs CSK. These are the two best teams but you never know on a given day.. Its not like MI vs RR, its like MI vs Watson.

  • on May 14, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    They certainly can unless they pick Sreesanth.Their bowling at death overs has been terrific in the last 2 matches.They also've enough indigenous firepower from the likes of Samson,rahane,binny.And with Dravid's captaincy and Watson's blistering form they've what it takes to break the fortress.Looking for a great clash ahead

  • sweet2hrme on May 14, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Its like 1st semi final practice match. Both team cannt take this lightly becoz they dnt want come on 3rd place.. For RR watson is key batsman. I rate him as a most valueable player better than all. His sucess rate and his contribution is very high. Although its very tough to beat MI in mubai.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 14, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Very tough match this is going to be for RR. If three among Watto, Binny, Sanju and Hodge fire with a supporting act from Dravid or Rahane, I strongly feel that RR can win this match. Watto and Dravid thumped MI in Wankhede before (in last year's IPL) and I don't see why it can't be repeated. RR seems even more well balanced this year. Halla Bol Halla Bol..........

    Coming to Statchin's retired hurt, I think he was feigning an injury so that he can just go back to the dugout and let some able batsman chase the score down. I'm sure he'll play this match. That'll be a bonus for RR. Halla Bol Halla Bol..........

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 14, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Very tough match this is going to be for RR. If three among Watto, Binny, Sanju and Hodge fire with a supporting act from Dravid or Rahane, I strongly feel that RR can win this match. Watto and Dravid thumped MI in Wankhede before (in last year's IPL) and I don't see why it can't be repeated. RR seems even more well balanced this year. Halla Bol Halla Bol..........

    Coming to Statchin's retired hurt, I think he was feigning an injury so that he can just go back to the dugout and let some able batsman chase the score down. I'm sure he'll play this match. That'll be a bonus for RR. Halla Bol Halla Bol..........

  • sweet2hrme on May 14, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Its like 1st semi final practice match. Both team cannt take this lightly becoz they dnt want come on 3rd place.. For RR watson is key batsman. I rate him as a most valueable player better than all. His sucess rate and his contribution is very high. Although its very tough to beat MI in mubai.

  • on May 14, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    They certainly can unless they pick Sreesanth.Their bowling at death overs has been terrific in the last 2 matches.They also've enough indigenous firepower from the likes of Samson,rahane,binny.And with Dravid's captaincy and Watson's blistering form they've what it takes to break the fortress.Looking for a great clash ahead

  • sweet2hrme on May 14, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I really want to see final match b/w MI vs CSK. These are the two best teams but you never know on a given day.. Its not like MI vs RR, its like MI vs Watson.

  • on May 14, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    If there is one team this year that has the potential to breach Wankhede Fortress, it's Dravid's Royal Army. Best of Luck RR.

  • on May 14, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas MI ROCKS & it's SACHIN vs RR

  • TheGladiator on May 14, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Mumbai are a superior team than Rajasthan. Mumbai batsmen are going to thrash the RR bowlers all round the park. (Faulkner,Cooper,Watson,Binny,Chandila dont have it in them to stop the Mumbai batsmen on a Wankhede pitch. They just rely on change of pace variations. They dont have a bowler with an X-factor like Steyn, Malinga or Narine. And although Tait has pace, but his radar is more often than not off the mark. I cant see them troubling the Mumbai batsmen.) If you guys dont believe me, then just wait and watch it tomorrow. If Mumbai bat first, then they would score in excess of 190 and win the match by atleast 40 runs. If Mumbai bowl first, then they would restrict Rajasthan to under 160 and chase down the total in 18 overs with 6 wickets in hand.

  • TheGladiator on May 14, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - Sachin got injured, otherwise Karan Sharma would have gone for more runs in that over and Dravid would not have given him another over. The match would have been over quite before as Sachin would have thrashed Steyn in the later stages of the match. If Sachin is fit, and he plays against RR, then he would score more than any Rajasthan batsmen. Wanna bet ????

  • KING OF IPL on May 14, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    @Dravid Grvitas if you think schin went cuz he knew he couldn't chase then lets wait n watch buddy tommorow

  • harshadphadke on May 14, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas your comments about sachin feigning an injury are ridiculous,SRT fears no one and he was looking in great touch yesterday, had he not got injured the match would not have entered such a hopeless situation