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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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