Mumbai Indians will clash with Rajasthan Royals in one of the most crucial match (Match 56) of Pepsi IPL 2014 on Sunday evening at 8 pm IST on the home ground Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Since it it is the final league fixture of the season, both teams vie for a desperate win and make match more interesting than ever.
Time: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 8 pm IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Where to Watch Live: Set Max & Sony Six
IPL 2014 on TV Channels Worldwide:
|3||Middle East||OSN Network|
|6||India||Set Max & Sony Six|
|9||Sri Lanka||Carlton Sports Network|
|10||United Kingdom||ITV Networks Ltd|
|12||United States||Willow TV international|
|13||New Zealand||Sky NZ|
For US viewers, the play starts at 9:30am CST with Willow TV providing Live coverage. US viewers can watch thematch live on mobile and internet by clicking here. Live coverage in the UK is on ITV 4. Click here for live streaming link. For Rest of the World, click here to know how to watch the match live.
For INTERNET & MOBILE:
1. India Internet – GoCricket.com & StarSports.com
2. USA – www.willow.tv
3. Rest of World Internet – GoCricket.com&www.youtube.com/gocricket
4. IPL mobile streaming in India: StarSports.com, nexGTV / GoCricket (apps)
5. IPL mobile stream outside India: youtube.com/gocricketand GoCricket apps.
For LIVE SCORE, click HERE.
The equation is simple — a victory for the Rajasthan Royals means they go to the next stage that is the Playoffs, while a convincing win for the Mumbai Indians with huge margin over the opponents will make reach the fourth place in the standings.
Mumbai Indians have been playing virtually a do-or-die match every time they meet their opponents in their last few matches. Now that there is a chance for them to make it to the fourth place in the Playoffs, there is passion and hunger for the fourth position. Since they are the defending champions, they have regained their initiall losses and defeated Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in their last three matches. Now they will be tested fully on the ground.
Rajasthan Royals, have already mae it to the top half of the table and ket the momentum in tact as it did in the middle part of the season, resulting in the gap between them and others narrowing down. In their last outing, they lost by 16 runs to chase a 180-run target set by Kings XI Punjab.
Preview: Mumbai Indians’ batting line-up requires more attention to win them the match as their bowling still needs to be spruced up. The opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Michael Hussey is likely to set good run-rate giving Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard to launch a batting tirade in the middle of the game. That 14 of Hussey’s 15 half-centuries in the IPL have resulted in wins for his team and many more expected in the next few matches.
For Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane or Shane Watson needs to bat well into the second half of the innings to imitate the same strategy that many of the teams follow studiously in the first half. Batsmen like Steve Smith, Brad Hodge and James Faulkner should show their skills.
The Mumbai Indians have won 8 of their 13 matches against the Rajasthan Royals. In the five meetings between the two teams in Mumbai – played at three different venues (Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium) – the Mumbai Indians have a 4-1 win-loss record.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams – in Ahmedabad on 19 May 2014 – MI posted 178/3 (riding on a 120-run opening partnership between Lendl Simmons and Michael Hussey, and a late charge by Rohit Sharma) and then restricted the hosts to 153/8.
Shane Watson has opted to field first in 6 of the 8 matches.
The pitch at Wankhede Stadium has changed slightly and in the last 12 matches played here, 9 have been won by the team batting first. In 12 matches prior to that, 8 were won by the team that was chasing.
Crucial match for both teams as the Rajasthan Royals, if they win this match, will sail through to the Playoffs, while Mumbai Indians will progress to the Playoffs provided they can defeat RR with a good margin enough to take them to fourth place in the standings.
Prediction: Mumbai Indians may win as they desperately need to today.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Corey Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah, Marchant de Lange, Ben Dunk, Chidhambaram Gautam, Shreyas Gopal, Harbhajan Singh, Josh Hazlewood, Michael Hussey, Praveen Kumar, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Apoorv Wankhade.
Unmukt Chand , Brad Hodge
Karun Nair , Ajinkya Rahane
Rajat Bhatia ,Stuart Binny
Kevon Cooper ,James Faulkner
Abhishek Nayar, Steve Smith
Shane Watson (c) ,Ankush Bains
Sanju Samson ,Dishant Yagnik
Iqbal Abdulla ,Ben Cutting
Deepak Hooda ,Dhawal Kulkarni
Vikramjeet Malik, Amit Mishra
Kane Richardson ,Ankit Sharma
Tim Southee, Pravin Tambe