16th May 2015


Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

For Rajasthan Royals, the history has repeated itself; from being at the top of the table for a long time, to fighting for a berth in playoffs. A must-win game for the Royals, as these 2 points will probably take them in the top 4 places.

On the other hand, KKR would be inclined to look back ruefully at their five-run loss to Mumbai Indians on Thursday, but will have little emotional bandwidth to do so. They know that a win would get them into the playoffs, but a defeat would leave them pinning their hopes on other results.

Players to watch out for:

Chris Morris has been a worthy investment for Royals, and he has contributed with both bat and ball. Besides being their second-highest wicket-taker, he has also been the most economical of Royals' bowlers. He has also scored 72 from five innings with a strike-rate of 189.47 without being dismissed once. By playing him too low down the order, Royals have perhaps not completely exploited his batting potential. A promotion in a crunch game might not be a bad idea.

Yusuf Pathan has been a revelation in this year's IPL, having shed his one-dimensional slogging in favour of a more balanced approach. He showed maturity in taking Knight Riders to the brink of victory against Mumbai, but his dismissal in the last over changed the course of the match. Marrying sangfroid with his characteristic big-hitting, Pathan could well be both the middle-order marshall as well as the finisher.

This is the last league game for both teams and what matters for both is only victory!


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