Mumbai vs. Rajasthan, IPL 2014: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Mumbai vs. Rajasthan, IPL 2014: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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The final match of the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) regular season takes place in Mumbai, as the Rajasthan Royals travel to face the Mumbai Indians.

The Royals are currently in the fourth and final playoff spot, but with just a two-point advantage over Mumbai and Sunrisers Hyderabad, they are looking nervously over their shoulder.

If Rajasthan lose this game, it will still come down to net run rate, but they will be in a worse position than if they were to win, so this game—essentially a knockout—should be a classic.

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Date: Sunday, May 25

Start time: 3:30 p.m. BST

Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE) SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan), Starhub (Singapore).

Weather: According to Weather.com, Mumbai may be a little cloudy but still largely sunny and warm, with temperatures peaking at 33 degrees Celsius.

 

Overview

As they continue to chase a place in the playoffs, Mumbai did their cause no harm as they beat the Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs last time out.

The Indians batted first and reached 173 all out, with Mike Hussey impressing at the top of the order with 56 while Lendl Simmons and Rohit Sharma also both passed 30 runs apiece.

In reply, the Daredevils were restricted to 158-4 from their 20 overs; while Mumbai’s bowlers struggled to keep the runs down, they did just enough.

Marchant de Lange led the way for the Indians with 2-32 from his four overs, while Harbhajan Singh and Shreyas Gopal chipped in with a wicket each.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan’s playoff charge took a hit as they lost to Kings XI Punjab by the close margin of 16 runs.

Punjab batted first and made 179-4 from their 20 overs, with Vikramjeet Malik, James Faulkner and Rahul Tewatia taking one wicket each and Stuart Binny earning a run out.

However, in reply the Royals failed to find momentum in their innings, and while Faulkner and Brad Hodge mounted a late charge, Rajasthan fell short and could only reach 163-8.

Mumbai may be below Rajasthan in the IPL table, but they will also take heart from the last time these sides met, as the Indians prevailed by 25 runs in Ahmedabad.

 

Team News

Mumbai Indians (from): Rohit Sharma (capt), Corey Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah, Marchant de Lange, Ben Dunk, Chidhambaram Gautam, Shreyas Gopal, Harbhajan Singh, Josh Hazlewood, Michael Hussey, Praveen Kumar, Lasith Malinga, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Apoorv Wankhade.

Rajasthan Royals (from): Shane Watson (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodge, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Ankush Bains, James Faulkner, Pravin Tambe, Kevon Cooper, Unmukt Chand, Steven Smith, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Iqbal Abdullah, Karun Nair, Vikramjeet Malik, Abhishek Nayar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kane Richardson, Dishant Yagnik, Tim Southee, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra.

 

Key Players

Kieron Pollard

A very gifted Twenty20 player, West Indian Kieron Pollard remains crucial for Mumbai despite something of an inconsistent tournament.

A hard-hitting batsman and canny seam bowler, he could well be a game-winner for the Indians.

 

James Faulkner

The supremely talented all-rounder James Faulkner could hold the key for Rajasthan with his aggressive batting and seam bowling.

If he is given the opportunity to impress, he has the ability to take the game away from Mumbai in a matter of a few overs.

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