IPL 7 44th match RR vs MI:Rajasthan Royals Vs Mumbai Indians, Live scores, 19 May, 2014
Match Teams:Rajasthan Royals Vs Mumbai Indians
Match Venue: Played at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time:16:00 local time (10:30 GMT) (4:00 PM IST)
Toss: Mumbai Indians, who chose to bat
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Rajasthan Royals: W L W L W
Mumbai Indians: L W L W W
Mumbai Indians paid big money ($750,000) for Corey Anderson's services, but the New Zealand allrounder has looked lost in most of his outings this season. With just 150 runs and four wickets from 10 innings, Anderson has, in all likelihood, four matches left to prove to his detractors that the 36-ball 100 against West Indies - the fastest century in ODI history - was not a one-off.
Sanju Samson has been reliable behind the stumps with the gloves and also contributed with the bat whenever called upon, though he would ideally like to score more runs. Samson is currently the team's second-highest run-getter, and the last time he faced off against Mumbai, he thumped 60 off 33 balls, albeit in a losing cause. Royals would hope for more of the same from him as they edge closer towards the playoffs.
Mumbai's problems this season have been well documented. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu have only fired sporadically and on the bowling front, the wicket-taking responsibilities have been thrust solely on the shoulders of Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh - the pair has 24 scalps between them while the rest of the team combined have managed only 18.
Mumbai now need to win all their games and hope for other results to go their way if they are to advance to the playoffs, but the first obstacle in their way is a Rajasthan Royals outfit comfortably placed at the opposite end of the table. Royals have mostly stuck with the same combination this season, with most of their victories being built on the back of suffocating spells from Rajat Bhatia and Pravin Tambe. However, their successful chase of 191 against Royal Challengers pointed to an equally potent batting line-up.
Mumbai and Royals are both coming off recent defeats in the final over to Super Kings, but the loss would have hurt Mumbai a lot more as it snapped a 10-match winning run at home, putting them in a position where it is now all or nothing.
If there is one positive for Mumbai though, they did emerge victorious the last time they faced off against Royals, in the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 final.
Mumbai have 7-5 win-loss record against Royals in the IPL, and have prevailed in four of the last five games against them
Shane Watson has the most runs among current players in Rajasthan-Mumbai IPL games, with 267. Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer in these matches, having made 273 runs