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Match 53 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will feature the Mumbai Indians taking on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Both teams have played 11 matches, but their fortunes have been vastly different; the Mumbai Indians have won seven matches – as many as KKR have lost. However, both teams will carry the feel-good factor when they take the field in this match. In their most recent outings, the Mumbai Indians handed the formidable Chennai Super Kings their biggest defeat in IPL history, while the Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the Rajasthan Royals convincingly.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8 p.m
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Rohit Sharma has been batting a dream this season. The team’s top run-getter, the 26-year old does not seem to be burdened by the pressures of captaincy. Dinesh Karthik too has been batting beautifully; however he will know that his team will need more than just cameos. Keen an eye on Sachin Tendulkar too, for the ‘Little Master’ has been playing entertaining cameos and the big one could just be round the corner.
The Kolkata Knight Riders are at the top of their game when they get runs from their captain at the top of the innings. Gautam Gambhir scored three half-centuries in the first five matches this season but has since gone off the boil; in the last four matches, the southpaw has managed only 34 runs. The return to form of Yusuf Pathan has only boosted the middle-order. On the bowling front, Sunil Narine has been outstanding – picking up 16 wickets and conceding runs at an economy of 5.68.
The Mumbai Indians have dominated their previous matches against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Off the 11 previous meetings between the two teams, the Mumbai Indians have emerged victors on nine occasions.
When the two teams met at Kolkata earlier this season, the visitors chased down 159, keeping five wickets in hand with a ball to spare.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have lost all their away matches this season.
Mumbai Indians have won everything at home this season; they’ve won the toss, the match and the Man-of-the-Match award in each of their five matches at home this season.
Both teams will be seen in action next against the Pune Warriors India. While the Kolkata Knight Riders will head straight to Pune following this fixture for their match on May 9, the Mumbai Indians will enjoy a three-day break before they visit Pune for their contest on May 11.
Rajasthan Royals, buoyed by their five-wicket win over Pune Warriors India in their previous match, take on the Delhi Daredevils in Match 52 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
Though RR are among the top four teams with seven wins from 11 matches, they are locked in a tightly-contested race to the Play-Offs. RR definitely hold the edge in this contest not only because of their undefeated run at home but also because of the way they seem to be playing without any pressure.
Delhi Daredevils are barely alive in the competition – courtesy their victories in the two matches at Raipur. However the team could not build on that momentum as they suffered an embarrassing six-wicket defeat in Hyderabad the other day. For them to stay in the race of the Play-Off spots, they need to win all their remaining five matches and hope for other results to go their way. This match is the Delhi Daredevils’ last opportunity; it is a case of now or never.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 4 p.m Where
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Shane Watson, Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodge, Stuart Binny and Sanju Vishwanadh have all played match-winning knocks for Rajasthan Royals at different points in time. What has also worked for the team is that the team has not had any fixed plans, yet the players seem to relish the challenge and thrive, whatever the position or whatever the situation of the match.
For Delhi Daredevils to do well, Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardene and David Warner need to score the bulk of the runs. Warner has been the Daredevils’ man-in-form; not only is he the team’s top run-getter, but he has also seen the team home in their last two victories.
The Delhi Daredevils have a 6-5 win-loss from 11 outings against the Rajasthan Royals. When the two teams met earlier this season, RR, riding on Rahul Dravid’s 65, posted 165 and then restricted the Delhi Daredevils to 160 for six to win by five runs.
Off all the teams competing in Pepsi IPL 2013, no team has relied more on its quick bowlers than Rajasthan Royals. Off the 209.5 overs bowled by the Rajasthan Royals bowlers, 171.3 overs have been by their quick bowlers.
After consecutive home matches, Rajasthan Royals will hit the road as they travel to Mohali to take on Kings XI Punjab on May 9. Delhi Daredevils meanwhile head back to Delhi for their home fixture; they take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 10.