A confident Rajasthan Royals’ side will take on the formidable Mumbai Indians in the 23rd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Skipper Rahul Dravid and his men will be playing in their own den and the conditions too would suit them, but relying on external factors would certainly not be enough to see them through against the formidable Mumbai outfit.
The visitors’ all-round strength makes them the favourites going into the match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Both Rajasthan and Mumbai have six points each from four outings having won three matches respectively, but the visitors have a better net run rate of +1.150, which have placed them at the top of the table.
While Rajasthan, with a net rate of +O.230, are placed at the third position.
The visitors have been riding on Dinesh Karthik, who has plundered 224 runs with two fifties and a best score of 86 against Delhi Daredevils.
Sharma, too, is good nick and has amassed 155 runs while Pollard, like always, has excelled with both bat and ball.
Tendulkar has also shown good form but has not been able to convert his starts into big knocks.
Their bowling, with Malinga joining the squad, wears a lethal look.
Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh and Pollard give them the variety and the options for any surface, PTI reported.