IPL 2012 preview: Mumbai look to seal play-offs fate with a win against Rajasthan

Mumbai Indians will have the advantage of being fully aware of the calculations for play-offs berth as their match against Rajasthan Royals will be the last to be played in IPL 2012 league phase AFP

By Dinesh Sharma

Jaipur: May 19, 2012

Mumbai Indians would be looking to seal a playoffs berth and iron out minor flaws for the bigger battles ahead, while the Rajasthan Royals would play for pride when the two sides take on each other in their last league encounter of the IPL on Sunday.

Rajasthan Royals, who have not been consistent enough, bowed out of contention for the playoffs with a humiliating five wicket defeat against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad.

They must be ruing their close defeats against Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings but are left with no other options but to play for pride against the formidable Mumbai Indians.

Skipper Rahul Dravid has already proved that he is not a spent force and that too in the shorter version of the game which has never been his forte. He, along with Australian Shane Watson, Shaun Tait, Ajinkya Rahane and others would like to prove a point with better performances.

Mumbai are placed third with 18 points from 15 matches and Royal Challengers Bangalore have 17 points from 15 matches and they take on the lowly Deccan Chargers on Sunday in a day match.

It will be a must-win situation for the visitors if RCB too wins.

Mumbai Indians have a strong side featuring the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, South African Herschelle Gibbs, West Indian Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu.

Rohit is in good nick with a hundred under his belt but Tendulkar is yet to play a big knock in the competition.

Skipper Harbhajan Singh has been struggling for form but might bounce back. Pollard has been successful in picking up a few wickets so the visitors need not worry much.

The pink city has been witnessing sand storms and slight showers this week but still the wicket at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium is pretty good for batting and would provide a perfect platform for big guns like Tendulkar, Rohit, Pollard and Rayudu. (PTI)

Teams:

RR (probable): Rahul Dravid (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Owais Shah, Stuart Binny, Johan Botha, Sreevats Goswami(wk), Ashok Menaria, Shaun Tait, Siddharth Trivedi, Ajit Chandila

MI (probable): Herschelle Gibbs, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh(c), Lasith Malinga, RP Singh, Munaf Patel.

Time: 20:00 local (14:30 GMT)