Jaipur, May 19: Mumbai Indians face a must-win situation in their last league game of IPL 5. They face Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday night.
IPL 5: Points Table
This is also the final league match of this edition of IPL. This is Game 72. After a day's rest on Monday, the play-offs action will get under way on Tuesday.
Mumbai, with 18 points, need to win against Rajasthan to qualify for top-four. However, Mumbai can still make the cut if Kings XI Punjab are beaten by Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.
If Punjab are defeated today, then Mumbai can relax. Punjab are on 16 points now. A win for them on Saturday will put them joint with Mumbai on 18 points.
A Punjab success will also mean defending champions Chennai Super Kings (17 points) are eliminated.
In a scenario where Mumbai and Punjab both ended with equal points (18), assuming Mumbai lose after Punjab's victory, then it is left to net run rate. At the moment, Mumbai's run rate is better than Punjab (after completion of Friday's matches).
Rajasthan are already out of contention for play-off spot after losing to Deccan Chargers on Friday night.
Mumbai need to think of only winning and keep their fate in their own hands. Captain Harbhajan Singh and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar need to inspire the team.
Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan will be playing for pride and would like to finish on a high. They won't make it easy for Mumbai. Their batting flopped in a crucial game on Friday and that put them out of the tournament.
The role of Lasith Malinga is also vital for Mumbai's success. The Sri Lankan paceman can win games on his own. He has to come out on top on Sunday to take his team to the play-offs.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Stuart Binny, Johan Botha, Deepak Chahar, Dinesh Chandimal, Ankeet Chavan, Paul Collingwood, Kevon Cooper, Aditya Dole, Samad Fallah, Faiz Fazal, Shreevats Goswami (wicketkeeper), Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Ashok Menaria, Sumit Narwal, Pankaj Singh, Amit Paunikar, Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Raut, Owais Shah, Pinal Shah, Amit Singh, Shaun Tait, Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson, Dishant Yagnik (wicketkeeper).
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Munaf Patel, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Tirumalasetti Suman, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Rudra Pratap Singh, Aiden Blizzard, Clint McKay, Davy Jacobs, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Herschelle Gibbs, Robin Peterson, Thisara Perera, Amitoze Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Shukla, Sujit Nayak, Apporv Wankhade, Jaydev Shah, Richard Levi.
Match starts at 8PM IST
Also playing on Sunday, at 4PM IST, Deccan Chargers Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad