Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 16 April 2013 - 07:55pm IST
Preview : Match 23 – RR vs MI
Legends on show! Sit and enjoy
The Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, who have both won their most recent matches, will feature in Match 23 of the Pepsi IPL 2013. Though both teams have won three off their four matches, Mumbai Indians sit higher in the standings, courtesy a higher net run rate. Both teams will be aware that a win here will mean a chance to go to the top of the table.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 8 p.m
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid – two batsmen known better for their technique and temperament – have put to rest the theory that T20 cricket is custom-made for the stroke-makers. Both batsmen have played shots as prescribed in the coaching manual, yet have been extremely successful in the 20-over format. They, together with Shane Watson, who is yet to fire this season, hold the key for the Royals.
By sheer performance Dinesh Karthik has forced the two legends – Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting – into the background. Given the opportunity to bat at number three, Karthik has scored runs in each of the four innings so far. He will hope to carry that form right through the tournament as he looks to force his way back into the Indian team. Look out for Tendulkar and Ponting too, for you cannot keep the two legends out of action for long.
Mitchell Johnson has got his in-dippers going and that has made him doubly dangerous. The Mumbai Indians bowling attack will be a lethal one if Johnson can get those deliveries to swing in late on a consistent basis and add Lasith Malinga if he can start firing those yorkers.
The Rajasthan Royals have a 4-5 win-loss record in ten matches against the Mumbai Indians, with one match being abandoned without a ball being bowled. In matches at Jaipur, the teams have met on four occasions with both teams winning two matches apiece.
Last season though, the Mumbai Indians blanked the Rajasthan Royals; they won the home fixture by 27 runs and then registered a thumping 10-wicket victory when they met at Jaipur.
2009 was Dinesh Karthik’s most productive IPL season; the Chennai lad scored 288 runs in 13 innings that season. However, in just four innings this season, he has already accumulated 224 runs.
The Rajasthan Royals will head down south to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 20 while the Mumbai Indians will fly to the National Capital for their away clash against the Delhi Daredevils (scheduled on April 21).