7th T20 - Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Live Score - Preview
Ground Reality and Pitch:
The home ground of the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins, Kingsmead Durban is the ground which is mythically known for the tidal influence because of its close proximity to the sea. Kingsmead was the ground where the first ever 6 sixers in an over in a T20 match was scored by Yuvraj Singh off Stuart Broad. Kingsmead has traditionally been known as a seamer's wicket and has witnessed many batting collapses. In due course, the pitch has been redesigned so as to bring about a fair contest between bat and ball.
Rajasthan Royals: After a humiliating defeat to the Royal Challengers, the Rajasthan team would look at moulding themselves to the South African conditions while facing the Mumbai team. Even though they bowled well against Bangalore, their batsmen could not find any answer against the moving ball. After being the champions in 2008, the lowest ever total in the IPL by the Jaipur team was never foreseen. Rajasthan would look at bouncing back to their old selves during the Tuesday match.
Mumbai Indians: Experience always counts. That is what Mumbai showed when they won their first match against the Chennai Superkings. Tendulkar at his striking best and Jayasuriya looking good for a big score, Mumbai would look at continuing their good form and extend their IPL victories. Contests to watch: Tendulkar vs. Warne: What a contest to look out for? While the Master blaster is looking in a form reminiscent of his outings against Australia, the Spin Wizard is also prowling on the batsmen like a wolf hunting for its prey. Smith vs. Zaheer: The previous face-offs between the two were a sight to watch. While Zaheer had Smith hopping all over during the first half of the Indiaâ€™s tour to South Africa, the Proteas captain turned the tables during the latter part.
Numbers Game: 49: The number of runs required for Graeme Smith to bring up 500 runs in the IPL. 1-1: Mumbai vs. Rajasthan head to head in IPL. Sound Bytes: I have not started playing cricket to prove anything to anybody. I am still enjoying playing the game which rules my heart - Sachin Tendulkar, when asked about his batting It was pretty disappointing. We'll work on it and I promise we'll come back better â€“ Shane Warne, after losing the first match to Bangalore
Rajasthan Royals happened to win 9 out of the eleven games in which they won the toss. Mumbai won their match at home against the Kolkata with a staggering 87 balls to spare, the highest margin in terms of balls remaining in IPL 2008.
Mumbai gave Rajasthan one of their rare hidings last year when they first met, bowling the eventual champions out for 103. Rajasthan set things right in the return game, though, with a thrilling last-ball win. Before Niraj and Jadeja bailed Rajasthan out, they were 77 for 5, chasing 146. Maybe reason enough to give Niraj another game.