Battle royal on cards as Mumbai clash with Royals

Battle royal on cards as Mumbai clash with Royals

Having snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad, heavyweights Mumbai Indians would have their tails up when they take on Rajasthan Royals in their final Pepsi IPL home game here tomorrow.

The positives from the match against SRH at their impregnable bastion, Wankhede Stadium, would be taken by table toppers Mumbai into the contest against a fighting fit and upbeat Rajasthan in what promises to be a no-holds barred contest.

The reward for another win for either team -- a sure shot place in the play-offs and a chance to finish the league in the top two positions -- would egg both sides on.

Mumbai all-rounder Kieron Pollard's blistering attack in the last four overs of the contest yesterday against Hyderabad must have sent alarm bells ringing for the Royals who have come here on a high after winning all eight home games.

Their earlier clash at Jaipur on April 17 was a disaster for Mumbai who were bundled out for a lowly 92 in 18.2 overs chasing the Royals imposing score of 179 for 3 built mainly around local boy Ajinkya Rahane's unbeaten 68 off 54 balls.

Similar to the visitors' unbeaten run at home, Mumbai too have been unscathed in seven games in their backyard this season but they very nearly came a cropper against Sun Risers last night.

The best news for Mumbai is the return of Pollard at his best which guided the team home despite needing more than two runs a ball when he arrived at the crease last night.

Pollard's timely reminder of his abilities could not have come at a better time for the home team with the most important phase of the tournament coming up soon.

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