Monday, May 26, 2008












MUMBAI INDIANS VS RAJASTAN ROYALS
26TH MAY 2008
JAIPUR
STARTTIME 20:00 LOCAL TIME

We're down to the last 4 matches of the league stages with three teams still fighting for two semi-final spots. Mumbai started poorly, with 4 consecutive losses but have recovered well to become one of the serious contenders for the semi-final spot. Two narrow defeats against Punjab and Delhi has seen them slip to a precarious position. So where do Mumbai stand now? Should they win both their games, against Rajasthan today and against Bangalore on Wednesday, they would have cemented a semi-final berth for themselves. What happens if they lose today? In that case Mumbai would have to win their final tie, hope Chennai lose to Deccan with a Net Run Rate lower than Mumbai's. Should either Mumbai or Chennai drop a match, Delhi will automatically progress to the semis.

Mini-Battle: The most obvious one, Tendulkar versus Warne. They are fierce competitors on the field and great friends off it. If Sachin is at the crease until Warne comes ointo bowl, expect an exciting clash.

Team News: Graeme Smith picked up a hamstring injury when the Royals played Chennai this weekend. Rajasthan will continue to bring in some of the untested players.

This is an extremely crucial match for Mumbai so expect them to go in with a full strength side.

Star Watch: Apart from the usual suspects( Tendulkar, Jayasuriya, Warne), watch out for Kamran Akmal. His quickfire 50 in the last game was instrumental in lifting his team beyond 200. Warne has suggested that he might open in the absence of Smith. Akmal and Asnodkar can be dangerous if the Mumbai bowlers don't maintain a tight line.

Previous Encounter: Rajasthan were skittled out for a paltry 103 and Mumbai cruised to 7-wicket win. Nehra was the star then, picking up three wickets. Mumbai would be hoping for an encore tonight.
We're down to the last 4 matches of the league stages with three teams still fighting for two semi-final spots. Mumbai started poorly, with 4 consecutive losses but have recovered well to become one of the serious contenders for the semi-final spot. Two narrow defeats against Punjab and Delhi has seen them slip to a precarious position. So where do Mumbai stand now? Should they win both their games, against Rajasthan today and against Bangalore on Wednesday, they would have cemented a semi-final berth for themselves. What happens if they lose today? In that case Mumbai would have to win their final tie, hope Chennai lose to Deccan with a Net Run Rate lower than Mumbai's. Should either Mumbai or Chennai drop a match, Delhi will automatically progress to the semis.

Mini-Battle: The most obvious one, Tendulkar versus Warne. They are fierce competitors on the field and great friends off it. If Sachin is at the crease until Warne comes ointo bowl, expect an exciting clash.
Team News: Graeme Smith picked up a hamstring injury when the Royals played Chennai this weekend. Rajasthan will continue to bring in some of the untested players.
This is an extremely crucial match for Mumbai so expect them to go in with a full strength side.
Star Watch: Apart from the usual suspects( Tendulkar, Jayasuriya, Warne), watch out for Kamran Akmal. His quickfire 50 in the last game was instrumental in lifting his team beyond 200. Warne has suggested that he might open in the absence of Smith. Akmal and Asnodkar can be dangerous if the Mumbai bowlers don't maintain a tight line.

Previous Encounter: Rajasthan were skittled out for a paltry 103 and Mumbai cruised to 7-wicket win. Nehra was the star then, picking up three wickets. Mumbai would be hoping for an encore tonight.
Source:Cricbuzz.com

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