Royals surprisingly excluded the inform batsman Swapnil Asnodkar and included Neeraj Patel. Arjun Yadav makes way for Ravi Teja in Chargers' line-up. Laxman still remains a non-starter for Hyderabad unit.
Halfway thro' the league phase Chargers languish at the bottom of points table. Hyd outfit, which boost the best of batting line-ups and a decent attack, aim to set the things right at the start of second leg league ties with a win over Royals
Rajasthan Royals: Graeme Smith, Neeraj Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Shane Watson, Mohd Kaif, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Warne (capt), M Rawat (wk), Sohail Tanvir, Siddarth Trivedi and Munaf Patel
Deccan Chargers: Adam Gilchrist (capt, wk), Doddapaneni Ravi Teja, Harschelle Gibbs, Rohit Sharma, Scott Styris, Y Venugopal Rao, Shahid Afridi, Sanjay Bangar, RP Singh, D Vijaykumar and Pragyan Ojha.
Match Officials: Umpires: Mark Benson&A M Saheba. Third umpire: S Davis. Match Referee: S Venkataraghavan.