By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai, Apr 11, 2012
Rajasthan Royals (RR), who are at the top spot in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 points table, will look to maintain their winning form when they take on Mumbai Indians (MI) in their Twenty20 match at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
Mumbai have struggled in chasing small totals in their last two matches and had Rohit Sharma not played a heroic 50-ball 73, they could have lost Monday night's match against Deccan Chargers.
The Harbhajan Singh-led side, without the calming influence of the injured Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the order, once again seemed to be floundering while chasing a none-too-difficult target of 139 before the under-performing Rohit did the last-over magic when the side needed 18 runs.
The bowlers have delivered in brilliant style for Mumbai with Munaf Patel in particularly good form in the last two games he has played grabbing 2 for 26 against Pune Warriors and then a stunning 4 for 20 against Deccan Chargers.
A battle within the battle could be the one-on-one contest between Trinidadian all-rounders Pollard and Kevon Copper, who has hit the ground running for the Royals in his inaugural competition with the variations in his medium paced bowling.
Royals have another advantage in the sense that they have Ajinkya Rahane and Ankit Chavan, who play for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy and consider Wankhede as their home ground.
It is Royals' first away game in IPL-5 and they had won both their home matches on the strength of their batting.
MI: Tirumalsetti Suman, Richard Levi, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik(w), James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga(c), Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha
RR: Rahul Dravid (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Johan Botha, Brad Hogg, Ankeet Chavan, Owais Shah, Shreevats Goswami, Kevon Cooper, Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi