Stage set for Royals~~ battle in Bangalore

Published: Friday, April 25, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: The Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals, who have two wins out of three matches they played, have the edge over Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at M Chinnaswamy stadium here tomorrow.

The thrilling last over victory over Deccan Chargers yesterday has boosted the confidence of the Jaipur team. But the local team has also had a convincing win against a strong Mumbai Indians. This win had come after the bad loss in the league opener against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Dravid's men are now bolstered with the arrival of Pakistani hard hitter Misbah-ul-Haq, who joined the team yesterday.

With the eight teams in the league finally coming to grips of the T20 format's intensity with the league entering the second week, a thrilling run chase is on the cards.
Much will be expected from the Challengers by the home fans who were disappointed over their team capitulating to a paltry 82, chasing a stiff target against Kolkata, in the first game.

Dravid will have to ensure that his team earns the second win to be in the hunt for a position at the top. The team has to pull up its socks not only to win but also improve its poor run rate, which is the lowest among the eight teams.

Rajasthan Royals, though without an Icon in the team, is being well guided by skipper and coach Shane Warne, who was instrumental in the Royals pulling off an improbable win against Hyderabad yesterday. It is the only IPL team to have a foreign captain and a playing coach.

Team India Test Captain Anil Kumble, who is in the injured list, is still doubtful about playing tomorrow. The ace leggie is recovering from a groin injury sustained during the Australia tour.


Rajasthan Royals: Shane Warne (Capt), Graeme Smith, Mohammad Kaif, Justin Langer, Younis Khan, Anoop Revandkar, Taruwar Kohli, Niraj Patel, Kamran Akmal (WK), Yusuf Pathan, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Ravindra Jadeja, Siddharth Trivedi, Swapnil Asnodkar, Sumit Khatri, Munaf Patel, Morne Morkel and Pankaj Singh.

Bangalore Royal Challengers: Rahul Dravid (Capt), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wasim Jaffer, Misbah-ul-Haq, Ross Taylor, J Arun Kumar K P Appanna, Bharat Chipli, Mark Boucher (WK), Shreevats Goswami, Devraj Patil, Jacques Kallis, Cameron White, Sunil Joshi, Akhil B, Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Nathan Bracken, Dale Steyn, Praveen Kumar, Abdur Razzak, R Vinay Kumar.


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