Winning first two matches, Rajasthan Royals will be eyeing to seal 3rd win of 2015 Pepsi IPL today here at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad against Mumbai Indians. Tim Southee’s splendid boundary on the last ball of previous match against Delhi Daredevils, would surely boost RR’s confidence at the sky and the way Steve Smith has led the side in previous 2 matches it truly appreciable.
Rajasthan Royals won their opening game quite comfortably against Kings XI Punjab but they were in vain in the last match against Delhi Daredevils. It was a great match winning inning from young Deepak Hooda that helped RR to win the close game. If Shane Watson gets fit he may play tonight’s match. Rajasthan Royals played excellent two matches outside their home and now they are at their home ground.
Royals batting hasn’t been so great so far except one or two innings from lower order batsmen. Steve Smith, Sanju Sampson are looking totally out of touch whereas Rahane played a slow inning in the last match. Rajat Bhatia should get a chance in tonight’s Rajasthan Royals playing XI as Stuart Binny is not in good form.
Mumbai Indians lost their opening two games against Kolkata Kinght Riders and Kings XI Punjab hence they will be desperate to win here at Ahmedabad. MI batting hasn’t been in the form from past two matches but Harbhajan Singh’s last match inning can inspire them to perform well in the upcoming today’s and next matches of the Indian Premier League 2015.
Harbhajan Singh scored 64 in just 24 balls that really lighten up Wankhede Stadium other night and everyone made his fan of batting. So Mumbai Indians will have to bat very well today to beat inform confident Rajasthan Royals. Rohit Sharma is most responsible guy in the side who has to lead MI from the front. Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Aditya Tare and Ambati Rayudu needs to score runs if Mumbai wants to comeback in the competition.
Shane Watson (captain), Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ankit Nagendra Sharma, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dishant Yagnik (wicketkeeper), James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Karun Nair, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Rajat Bhatia, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Stuart Binny, Tim Southee, Vikramjeet Malik, Chris Morris, Juan Theron, Barinder Singh Saran, Dinesh Salunkhe, Sagar Trivedi, Pradeep Sahu.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Aaron Finch, Keiron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Akshay Wakhare, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Abhimanyu Mithun, Sidhesh Lad, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Pawan Suyal, Unmukt Chand, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Mitchell McClenaghan, Aiden Blizzard, Nitish Rana, Marchant de Lange, Hardik Pandya, Jagadeesha Suchitch, Pragyan Ojha and R Vinay Kumar.
The match is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM IST.