Kolkata, May 24 (): The Qualifier 2 match of the IPL 2013 match will be played between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians on Friday, May 24 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians played the first play-off on May 21, which is named as the Qualifier 1. Chennai Super Kings won the match and have directly entered the final.
The second play-off, called Eliminator match, was played between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 22. Rajasthan Royals won the match and they will play in the Qualifier 2 match against Mumbai Indians, the loser of the Qualifier 1, on May 24 at Eden Gardens.
The pitch at Eden Gardens is famous for its slowness and it is recommended to bat first on such tracks but the possibility of rain may lead the captains to bowl first. As far as the team composition is concerned, Rajasthan are unlikely to make any changes.
Mumbai boast a stronger squad. They mainly depend on aggressive batsman Rohit Sharma and Smith. Also, batsmen like Dinesh Karthik, Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu have to be more consistent, especially on the day when Rohit and Smith fail to deliver.
Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga do make a good array of bowling line-up.
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Aditya Tare (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma (capt), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Glenn Maxwell, Rishi Dhawan, Aiden Blizzard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Franklin, Phillip Hughes, Jacob Oram, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Pawan Suyal, Jasprit Bumrah, Amitoze Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sushant Marathe, Akshar Patel, Jalaj Saxena, Suryakumar Yadav.
Rajasthan have a much stable side. The team has a perfect combination of experience and youth. Rahul Dravid, the captain, Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny and Hodge make a good batsman line up. On the bowlers’ line, the team has James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Siddharth Trivedi and Watson. Rajasthan do not rely on one player and that has been the main reason behind their improvement this season.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson (wk), Brad Hodge, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Siddharth Trivedi, Vikramjeet Malik, Sachin Baby, Owais Shah, Rahul Shukla, Kumar Boresa, Fidel Edwards, Samuel Badree, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Harmeet Singh, Brad Hogg, Ashok Menaria, Kushal Perera, Shaun Tait, Praveen Tambe.