It is early days as yet in the tournament, but Rajasthan are playing the same brand of cricket that saw them lift the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008. The early pace-setters now run into the rampant Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium, hoping to overcome the powerful hosts.
Rajasthan: With two straight wins on the trot at their fortress in Jaipur, Rajasthan have surprised one and all with their pugnacity and confidence. They venture out of their home for three straight away matches as they seek to continue their winning run. Skipper Rahul Dravid has led the team with a quiet aura of calmness and has seen his young troop prosper under his watch. Ajinkya Rahane and Kevon Cooper have been the mainstays of this team that relies more on playing as a team rather than on individual brilliance. Written off as no-hopes before the start of the tournament, Rajasthan will look to continue their fairy-tale performance on the road.
Team News: The Royals have been fortified further with the arrival of dashing young Sri Lankan batsman, Dinesh Chandimal. He may have to warm the benches for the moment though as the team management might not look to disturb the winning permutation.
Mumbai: The hot favourites have been a mixture of good, bad and ugly over the past three matches. They started with a bang before being brought down to earth in the second match. A Rohit Sharma special helped them scrape past Deccan Chargers but the talking point of the match was the ugly confrontation between Harbhajan Singh and the umpire. The Mumbai skipper set a bad example as a captain and it was a mighty surprise that he and his mates escaped with light sentences and fines. The incident left a bad taste and Mumbai will have to work overtime to restore their lost glory amongst its fans. Things are a lot calmer on the pitch though with the team shaping up nicely ahead of bigger battles. Sachin Tendulkar is still unfit and will be miss his second match in a row. Rohit has found some form while the bowling remains penetrative.
Team News: Mumbai look very settled at the moment and have no need of making changes to the wining combination. They have an embarrassment of riches in the bench though and would like to give some match time to a few of them.
Dravid v Harbhajan Singh: One skipper has earned his stripes for leading his team in a calm and dignified manner. The other one has been hot headed and is known to lose poise at crucial times. Which amongst the two can steer their ship better?
Kevon Cooper v Kieron Pollard: Two Trinidadians made their name in the Champions League T20 tournament before becoming the lynch-pins of their respective franchises. They will be up against each other probably for the first time in their career. Who will come out trumps?
Mumbai Indians (From): Harbhajan Singh(c), Abu Nechim, Aiden Blizzard, Yuzvendra Chahal, James Franklin, Herschelle Gibbs, Davy Jacobs, Mitchell Johnson, Dinesh Karthik(w), Dhawal Kulkarni, Richard Levi, Clint McKay, Lasith Malinga, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Thissara Perera, Robin Peterson, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Jaydev Shah, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, Tirumalsetti Suman, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Amitoze Singh, Sujit Nayak, Rahul Shukla, Apoorv Wankhade, Sachin Tendulkar
Rajasthan Royals (From): Rahul Dravid(c), Stuart Binny, Johan Botha, Deepak Chahar, Dinesh Chandimal, Ankeet Chavan, Aakash Chopra, Paul Collingwood, Kevon Cooper, Aditya Dole, Samad Fallah, Faiz Fazal, Shreevats Goswami(w), Brad Hodge, Ashok Menaria, Sumit Narwal, Pankaj Singh, Amit Paunikar, Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Raut, Owais Shah, Pinal Shah, Amit Singh, S Sreesanth, Shaun Tait, Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson, Dishant Yagnik, Brad Hogg