Laxman doubtful starter against Jaipur

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Jaipur: Decan Chargers skipper VVS Laxman is a doubtful starter against the Rajasthan Royals for the IPL tie to be held here at the SMS Stadium on Friday.

Rajasthan Royals who are on second spot with 10 points from seven matches are though morally down after having lost to Mumbai Indians on the previous day but they have a psychological advantage against Hyderabad outfits whom they had beaten by three wickets in their first encounter at Hyderabad.

Rajasthan Royals will take the field tomorrow to repeat earlier performance against them while Decan Chargers would try to avenge their earlier defeat. The Hyderabad side is poorly placed second from the bottom in an eight team league table.

Laxman told mediapersons here that he was feeling much better now after having injured his right hand due to which he had missed the last match. He will decide tomorrow weather he would play or not.

Replying to a question he said Twenty-20 is a different format and any team in any match can win or lose. Similarly, the reputation of big players is not that much important and any player on his day can click. Rajasthan Royals is an example to this respect as they were lowly ranked prior to the commencement of the tournament and after losing their opening tie, they emerged as one of the best performers recording five victories in a row and then suddenly lost to Mumbai Indians only yesterday.

Chennai Super Kings, the hot favorites registered four victories in a row and then lost three matches consecutively.

He said it should be a good match tomorrow and his team would try to record a victory. He would watch the wicket and will then make up his mind to announce the playing XI.

Hyderabad has got a balance side as they have batsmen like Adam Gilcrist, H Gibbs, Shahid Afridi and Rohit Sharma besides Laxman himself. The first three were of such a class that they could blast any kind of attack.

They have reasonably a good attack having RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Scott Styris, Sanjay Bangar and Shahid Afridi in their ranks.

Rajasthan Royals will have the home advantage to play on their own ground where they have got good track record. Graeme Smith along with another young opner Swapnil Asnodkar, Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan and Mohammed Kaif are though not very big names as a batsmen in Rajasthan Royals but they have done extremely well so far except the last tie against Mumbai Indians.

With Munaf Patel, Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Siddartha Trivedi and Warne himself, Rajasthan Royals is capable of handling any side. Dimitri Mascarenhas- an allrounder may replace Trivedi for tomorrows tie as the later have not done well in two previous matches.

Hyderabad had a practice session this evening while Rajasthan Royals may go for practice tomorrow morning they will be arriving here late this evening. Both the teams will be announced their playing XI tomorrow. The match will start at 2000 hrs.


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