Jaipur start as firm favourites against Bangalore

Published: Saturday, May 17, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Jaipur: Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals, who sit pretty at the top, start as favourites against the lowly Bangalore Royal Challengers in their second round IPL match to be played here on Saturday.

The IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is also the President of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), has assured the teams-particularly the foreign players in both sides for the ightened security arrangements at the venue-the SMS stadium and teams' hotel authorities after having discussions with the local administration.

Rajasthan Royals franchise Emerging Media CEO Frazer Casettelino has said the security arrangement is though a matter of concern for us but we are satisfied with the steps taken to this respect.

It has been assured by the state authorities that no untoward incident would take place. The players are too satisfied with security arrangements, he added.

Bangalore Royals Challengers' team, after having been assured, has arrived here this morning while around half a dozenRajasthan Royals' players including Shane Warne and Shane Watson, who had gone to relax in Goa, would be reaching here this evening.

The local administration will deploy around one thousand police personnel for the security as per the demand of RCA authorities.

The private security personnel will too work under the supervision of police officers, RCA spokesperson has said.

Each and every spectator will have to pass through metal detectors before entering the ground and no one will be allowed to take bags, water bottle, lighter, telescope and mobile phones inside the stadium. There will be no cheerleaders too in the stadium. The cricket lovers in the town are scared following the bomb blast incidents and it would not be a full house in the match on Saturday.

Rajasthan Royals would like to repeat their first encounter performance against Bangalore Royal Challengers as they had beaten them at Bangalore by seven wickets. Rajasthan Royals have their morales very high as they are on top of the table in eight teams league while Bangalore outfits are on the verge of finishing at the bottom of the table.

Rajasthan Royals are in good form and they are a well balanced side. Graeme Smith, Yousuf Pathan, Shane Watson and Mohammad Kaif are capable of peircing any attack while Munaf Patel, Sohail Tanvir, Watson, Siddartha Trivedi and Warne himself can restrict Bangaloremen to a reachable target.

Bangalore led by Rahul Dravid has got everything in their rank but they are not clicking as a team in the tournament to the utmost disappointment of their franchise Vijay Mallya, who has expressed his feelings to the media. There are big names like Marck

Boucher, Shivnarine Chandrapaul, Jacques kallis besides Dravid himself but they appear to be not in form. Notably Zaheer Khan has been doing well for them handling a leading the attack.

Royals Challengers have won only two matches out of nine they have played so far while Rajasthan Royals have recorded seven victories in similar number of matches. The Sawai Man Singh Stadium has very sporting track and appear to be full of runs as told by curator Abdul Saeed. In this important match Rajasthan Royals would have the home advantage as they have won all five matches played at this venue.


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