3 memorable clashes between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium
Mumbai Indians will host Rajasthan Royals in a do-or-die clash at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on Sunday night. This is a do-or-die game for both the teams as a loss would mean they are virtually out of the tournament. Both teams are coming off from victories in their previous games and would look to carry forward that moment in an all-important clash.
Mumbai Indians, in particular, have an added advantage as they will be playing at home, but nothing can be taken away from Rajasthan Royals as they will be high on confidence after defeating Chennai Super Kings on Friday night at Jaipur.
The game will be played at the Wankhede Stadium and Mumbai Indians have a dominant record of winning 4 games out of 5 games played at this venue between both the sides.
Let us look at 3 memorable clashes between both the sides at this venue.
#3 Shane Watson’s all-round effort helps Rajasthan secure an easy win – 2011
In the fourth season of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians got off to a bad start, losing Tirumalasetti Suman for 5 in the second over off the bowling of Shane Watson. Things didn’t get any better as an in-form Ambati Rayudu was dismissed in the fourth over, caught at the mid-on region off the bowling of Shane Watson.
Sachin Tendulkar, who was batting at the other end, found able support in the form of Rohit Sharma and the pair added 48 runs for the 3rd wicket. A well-set Tendulkar was dismissed in the 12th over for 31 as he cut one short delivery of the bowling of Amit Singh to the third man region.
Rohit Sharma went along his merry way to notch up another 50. But the innings couldn’t gather any momentum thanks to some tight bowling by Rajasthan Royals bowlers, led by Shane Warne. In the end, Mumbai Indians meandered their way to a below par total of 133/5 in the 20 overs.
Rohit Sharma was the top scorer with 58, while, Watson was the pick of the bowlers for Rajasthan with 3-19 in his full quota of 4 overs.
In reply, Rajasthan Royals openers made light weather of the chase. Openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson stayed undefeated with a partnership of 134 that took them home with more than 6 overs to spare. Watson was the highest scorer among the two with 89 of just 47 balls, while Dravid scored a classy 43 off 32 balls.
Rajasthan Royals won the game by 10 wickets and for his all-round effort, Shane Watson was awarded Man of the Match.