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Rajasthan Royal vs Mumbai Indians on 25 May: A fixed match in IPL?
Rajasthan Royals team selection and batting order in the last two matches has been bizarre. It seems they went into the game to lose and ensured they lost so that Mumbai Indians can qualify. Will they do the same on 25th night? Is the Match fixed?

Strange things happen in cricket. Stranger things happen in IPL. Just a week back, Rajasthan Royals were sitting pretty. They had 14 points from 11 games and needed to win just one game out of the remaining three. But they seem to have decided to allow Mumbai Indians to qualify in their place. Beginning of the Losing Spree It started with their match against Mumbai Indians on 19th May. For some strange reason (was it to enable Mumbai to win?), the in form players Ajinke Rahane, Steve Smith and Preveen Tambe are dropped and Unmukt Chand (who had not played a game), Brad Hodge (a veteran who had been sidelined to enable the dynamic Steve Smith to play) and Ankit Sharma (also a new comer playing his first game) in place of Praveen Tambe (One of the most successful bowlers in IPL). 

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The result was predictable. Unmukt Chand struggled to make 2 runs before he got out in the third over. This brought Watson in early (Watson does better after a good opening stand) and he perished for 5. Sanju Samson was out for 2 and the Royals had lost 3 wickets in the first six overs. The run chase was derailed and they lost by 25 runs. Losing Spree Continues The losing spree continued against Kings XI Punjab on 23 May. Here again the team selection is baffling. Steve Smith was again omitted. Rahul Tewatia and Vikramjit Malik were inducted in place of experienced and performing Rajat Bhatia and Dhawal Kulkarni. Both along with Faulkner went for plenty. 

Amazingly out of form Stuart Binney and new comer Rahul Tewatia were sent in to bat ahead of six hitters Brad Hodge, James Faulkner and Kevon Kooper when the required run rate was nearing 10. Royals predictably lost by 16 runs. The Questions that Beg Answers Why does Stuart Binny play every game? Out of the 13 matches he has played so far, he has hardly ever reached double figures and 30 only once. Yet he comes to bat ahead of attacking batsmen like Steve Smith, Brad Hodge and James Faulkner. 

Why did Ankit Sharma come ahead of Brad Hodge and James Faulkner against Mumbai Indians on 19 May and Kings XI Punjab on 23 May when chasing a large total and with Royals behind the required run rate? Why did out of form Stuart Binney and Rahul Tewatia come in to bat ahead of big hitters Brad Hodge, James Faulkner and Kevon Kooper in the match against Kings XI Punjab when the required run rate was over 10 an over? Conclusion Mukesh Ambai has the money power to get what he wants. The only way his team the Mumbai Indians can reach the knock out stage is if the Rajasthan Royals lose to them and heavily when they meet on 25 May for the last match of the league stage of IPL 2014. 

So you can be sure that Rajasthan Royals will pick the worst team they possibly can, play around with the batting order and lose to the Mumbai Indians by as big margin as possible. The last league match of IPL 2014, just like the last two matches of the Rajasthan Royals has most likely been fixed. Mukesh Ambani has to have his say. His team has to win. He has the money to make it happen. If you are a betting man, bet on the Mumbai Indians. Rajasthan Royals have demonstrated that they know how to lose when it benefits the Mumbai Indians.

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This is not only the one match that is fixed in IPL7 but there were plenty of other matches also which were fixed silently and every person cheering for his/her team has one thing clear that IPL is now completely webbed into all sorts of fixings.Now talking about RR vs MI match held on 25'May'14 below are some of the facts which are enough to prove that match was completely fixed. RR chooses third class grade team in the last three matches when all other teams were trying to make their places final in semis by choosing best possible team RR is trying to loose as much as they can by making strange players changes,stupid batting line ups,misfield & giving runs deliberately in depth overs by doing extremely poor bowling which they were not doing in all their early matches.As we all know that three of the RR players were already found guilty for match fixing in IPL6 and were debarred from all next IPL's so really match fixing is not a hidden issue now a days and many players & teams were getting indulged into it for earning money at the cost of their careers and sportsmanship.Match fixing issue was going on like this since from the past many years now it's roots becomes so established that it was now nearly impossible to get it stopped right here and its a shame for teams and players for getting indulge into it again & again. RR is already a famous team for bringing & nurturing talented players & played a very clean & healthy cricket in all early five IPL seasons from IPL1 to IPL5 but since after season five they were consistently found guilty in match fixings whether it's season 6 or 7,I don't why they need to do such things which is degrading their popularity among their own supporting crowds. I on behalf of all Indian cricket fans urge that all teams should stop doing such stupid things rather they should concentrate on playing a healthy & exciting cricket i.e. a fixing free cricket. One of my friend written here that Rahul dravid throws his cap after RR lost the match & Watson showing frustrations through facial expressions so my friend it was required for any team who was indulged into some sort of fixing to do such things deliberately otherwise they all were caught easily.I am from Jaipur & a big fan of RR but when such things happens then not only cricket a so called gentlemen game but emotions of all the peoples supporting his/her team got badly affected. Be Wise,Play Healthy & Stop Fixing.
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Sir, with due regards to your conspiracy theory and sensationalism. Needing just a win from three games, obviously obviously, the team can afford to make some changes and try different combinations. That is what RR did!! Maybe they were a bit complacent, but with the NRR that they had they thought it would be impossible for them to go out. They dropped Steve Smith and brought in Brad Hodge, and they retained Hodge for the last match against MI!! Did they do it because they wanted to lose?? They thought that he was a better player than Smith, period. In the penultimate match they sent Stuart binny ahead of Faulker and Hodge, because he had done it for RR previously. He does slog well, and they knew they'd have Faulkner to finish it off. In the final match against MI, didnt u see the way RR celebrated when Rayudu got out. Was all that celebration a sham? A fake? Did u see, how after the loss, Dravid, threw away his cap in anger and then picked it up as he felt guilty of throwing it. Was it a staged act by Dravid? Rajasthan really badly wanted to win this game. But they were under immense immense pressure. U could see it in Watson's face. Even the way watson was batting, not his free flowing type, but because of the pressure as captain, he really wanted to not give his wicket away, and score some runs. Likewise, when watson was bowling, immense pressure. Faulker has anyway always leaked runs. He always does. Bowling the last three balls, he had to prevent boundaries, so he couldnt try the outside off stump overpitched/yorker length ball. His only choice was to go for a yorker and under pressure he erred. Stop sensationalising things. Unless of course if u have proof. Otherwise u should refrain from accusing cricketers needlessly just to get a higher viewership.
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