Ahmedabad: Their hopes of making the play-offs all but over, defending champions Mumbai Indians would look to upset the equations for Rajasthan Royals, who would be aiming to strengthen their position in top-four when the two sides face off in an IPL match here today.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma
Lying second from bottom in the points, Mumbai have won just three of their 10 matches and have hardly looked or played like the defending champions. Rajasthan, on the other hand, are sitting pretty on third in the table after notching up seven wins in 11 matches.
However, Rajasthan will go into the match after a loss against Chennai Super Kings, who exposed some of their batting frailties with incisive bowling.
Barring captain Shane Watson's half-century, none of their other top-half batsmen contributed significantly as Chennai managed to hold them to a low total before chasing it down rather easily.
It was an off day for the likes of Steven Smith, Karun Nair and Ajinkya Rahane. The three, however, would look to fire against Mumbai. MI's Lendl Simmons and Ambati Rayudu scored a brilliant half-centuries against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
However, skipper Rohit Sharma is yet to strike consistent form in the tournament, which has perhaps been a major reason for the team's failure this season.