IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians at Motera, pick of the tweets

Rajasthan Royals (RR) will play their first home game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 against Mumbai Indians (MI) at Motera on Tuesday. This game will mark the third match for both teams. Both the teams had diverging results in their previous encounters. While RR registered a marvelous three-wicket victory against Delhi daredevils (DD) at Delhi, whereas MI endured a 18-run defeat against the formidable Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

The Royals, with two wins in two matches, are better placed in comparison to Mumbai Indians, with losses in both matches they have played so far this season.

For RR, Steve Smith, James Faulkner and Tim Southee seem to have carried on their World Cup form into the IPL. Under-19 star Deepak Hooda played an important cameo [54 runs off 25 balls] before getting out to South African leggie Imran Tahir. It proved pivotal as RR went on to win this game. He was way more economical with the ball too. Apart from these, Ajinkya Rahane, with 47 runs off 39 balls, seemed to have rediscovered his mojo after getting out for a duck in the opening match.

On the other hand, MI’s batting looks rusty, especially the top-order. Although, in their opening game against Kolkata Knight Rider, Rohit Sharma and  Corey Anderson weathered the early storm and rescued the Indian’s innings from a delicately placed 37 for three, before upping the ante, the result still went in KKR’s favor as the MI’s bowlers floundered. To add to their woes, their key player Kieron Pollard didn’t look in good touch. His return to form is vital for MI’s success. The Trinidadian is a complete package in the form of a powerful middle-order batsman, effective part-time bowler and a livewire in the field.

The MI morale will be lifted by Harbhajan Singh’s all-round performance against KXIP as his performance almost took his team to a fairytale victory. The crafty off-spinner will be the man to watch on Tuesday.

The clash between the two giants is expected to be an exciting encounter at Motera Stadium. The match being played at Motera, RR emerge start as favourites. Expect a run-feast.

Pick of the tweets.

 

 of it? #RRvMI #AlwaysARoyal — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 14, 2015