IPL 2013 Match 66: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Live Score
Rahul Dravid has won the toss and Rajasthan have decided they will bowl first against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
Sachin Tendulkar, who retired hurt in Mumbai Indians’ last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday (May 13), didn’t recover in time for Mumbai’s next match – against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Aditya Tare came in for Tendulkar as Mumbai were asked to bat by Rahul Dravid, the Rajasthan captain, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai captain, said, “There is some problem with his (Tendulkar’s) hand. We have to just wait and watch.”
Explaining his decision to bowl first, Dravid said, “It is not so much about the deck. We enjoy chasing and play good cricket while batting second. We hope to restrict them to a decent score and chase it down.”
Rohit was happy to bat first, saying that’s what he would have done if he had won the toss. “I would have batted first. It is our strength. The wicket has been good. We hope to put up a decent total and then restrict Rajasthan.”
Mumbai, who have won all their homes games so far, brought in Glenn Maxwell in place of Dwayne Smith, while Rajasthan made two changes to the side that beat Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in their last match, strengthening their spin options with Ankeet Chavan and Pravin Tambe coming in.
“The wicket here is a little bit of drier than what is in Jaipur. Therefore Ankeet Chavan and Pravin Tambe come in for Siddharth Trivedi and Vikramjeet Malik,” explained Dravid.
While both the teams have guaranteed themselves a place in the playoffs, a win today will help their chances of finishing among the top two in the league stages, thereby giving them two chances to qualify for the final.
“It is nice at the top. You get to have a crack at the final twice,” said Dravid. “It is about playing good cricket.”
Rajasthan, aided by Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 68 and James Faulkner’s three-wicket haul, beat Mumbai by 87 runs in their first meeting this season.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, James Faulkner, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Kevon Cooper, Ankeet Chavan, Pravin Tambe.
Mumbai Indians: Glenn Maxwell, Aditya Tare, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma (capt), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga, Dhawal Kulkarni.