It is the last game of the season for the Rajasthan Royals against the tournaments favourites Mumbai Indians. Even though Royals would not be making it to the play-offs they would like to end their campaign on a high. This season the Royals’s campaign has been a mixed bag. After making a strong start the campaign has not gone to the plan for the Royals.
After losing to Kochi Tuskers in the last game, Royals would be definitely keen to prove a point by beating Mumbai Indians in their last game. Royals, who made six changes in the last game in a bid to give opportunity to some of their fringe players, may go back to their best XI for this match. That would mean Johan Botha and Ross Taylor may comeback into the team. This would be a perfect opportunity for players like Watson and Taylor who have been well below par this season to stamp their authority in the final match. If not anything this will surely instill some belief in the team for the next season. Royals bowling which has been under the pump in the last few games needs to improve in order to contain a strong Mumbai Indians batting line-up. Their fielding has also not been up to the mark in the last few games and they would dearly want to put up a good show in the last match.
Mumbai Indians, who easily have the strongest team on paper, would be gearing up to take revenge for their defeat earlier in the season against the Royals. Mumbai Indians who also come in to the match with back-to-back loses would be mindful of the fact that they cannot lose momentum at such a crucial stage of the tournament. The Middle order of Mumbai Indians has looked a bit fragile. Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds have not quiet been able to provide the stability you generally associate with these players. Kieron Pollard continues to languish in the lower order but impressing every time he has the bat or the ball in his hand. As usual the main highlight of the match would be the Warne-Tendulkar tussle. The two legends always like to play it down saying it is a team game but still for fans it is the ultimate thing to watch two of the best cricketers of modern era taking on each other.
This game will also be Shane Warne’s last appearance in the IPL. The great legend he is Warne would like to end on a high. The four seasons Warne was at the helm team went through a lot of crests and troughs but he managed to hold the team together and fight the odds. Warne has been the face of the Royals since the inception and would be dearly missed by team and the fans alike. It would only be poetic justice if the player who has managed to bring great joy to fans across the world through his truly illustrious career wins the final battle and goes out with a smile on his face.