Mumbai, Apr 10: There is still uncertainty over Sachin Tendulkar's availability for Mumbai Indians as they meet points table leaders Rajasthan Royals in Game 12 of IPL 5 here at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday night.
IPL 5: Schedule, Results, Points Table
Mumbai are coming into this after that sensational last-ball six victory against Deccan Chargers in Visakhapatnam on Monday night.
In spit of that five-wicket victory, thanks to Rohit Sharma, Mumbai have batting worries with the absence of Tendulkar. For two matches now, they have struggled to chase down small targets.
At the Wankhede Stadium, they fell short by 28 runs, in pursuit of 129 against Pune Warriors. They almost headed the same way in chasing 139 against Deccan. But Rohit played a dazzling innings to rescue the team.
South African opener Richard Levi has been dismissed twice for single digits after that breezy half century in the opening match on April 4. Tendulkar's place was given to T Suman but he too failed against Dale Steyn.
Mumbai's fans will be hoping that their team's batsmen fire at home. Their bowling looks settled with Munaf Patel taking four wickets in the previous game. Lasith Malinga is always the main bowler for them. Captain Harbhajan Singh is yet to take big wickets.
Rajasthan are a confident lot after winning two in two. Rahul Dravid's captaincy has been working well and youngsters in the team are doing well. However, this will be the first game they will be playing away from home this season.
Royals have made Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh Stadium as their fortress. It will be interesting to see how they perform in Mumbai.
Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Brad Hodge and Dravid will be the key batsmen. West Indian all-rounder Kevon Cooper is emerging as the brightest star, shining both with bat and ball.
Rahane will be playing against his home team at the stadium where he has played most of his cricket.
Amit Singh, Siddarth Trivedi and Johan Botha are doing well with the ball and they should continue to keep their places in the playing XI.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim, Amitize Singh, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Y Chahal, Herschelle Gibbs, Davy Jacobs, Richard Levi, Dinesh Kartik, Dhawal Kulkarni, K Yadav, Lasith Malinga, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Robin Peterson, Sujit Nayak, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaydev Shah, Rudra Pratap Singh, T Suman, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Apporva Wankhede.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Abhishek Raut, Aditya Dole, Ajinkya Rahane, Ajit Chandela, Amit Paunikar, Amit Singh, Ankit Chavan, Ashok Meneria, Deepak Chakar, Dishant Yagnik, Faiz Fazal, Gajendra Singh, Pankaj Singh, S Sreesanth, Samad Fallah, Sidharth Trivedi, Stuart Binny, Shreevats Goswami (wicketkeeper), Sumit Narwal, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Dinesh Chandimal, Johan Botha, Kevon Cooper, Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Shaun Tait.