Tenuous RR to face Kings XI might

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 10:24 [IST]
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Tenuous RR to face Kings XI might

The Kings' top order is looking incredible strong thanks largely to the batting exploits of new-discovered sensation Paul Valthaty. His 120 not out against Chennai and 75 versus the Deccan Chargers stand out as a couple of the most enterprising innings of the tournament and at the rate he's going, he seems likely to come up with another big score.

Meanwhile, his partner Adam Gilchrist too seems to have hit his stride. After a dismal 0 and 19 in his firts two matches, he smashed a scintillating 61 and was involved in a 100-run stand with Valthaty in the match against the Chargers. So the Royals first task will be to try and tear through this upper line-up and expose a hitherto untested middle order.

To that end, the pace-spin strike combination of Shane Warne and Siddharth Trivedi will have to regain their Mojo, especially the latter, who after a sensational start to the season, appears to have slipped into the shadows. Meanwhile the new-ball bowlers Shane Watson and Shaun Tait would have to be right on the money if they are to make any headway.

But the paramount concern for Rajasthan is their batting. It flopped big time in their last played-out match against the Kolkata Knight Riders where they were bowled out for a paltry 81 - the lowest total in IPL4. At the top of the order Watson will have to fire the way he did in the recently concluded ODI series in Bangalore while Ashok Menaria, Ross Taylor and Ajinkya Rahane, who have had substantial practice in the season so far, will have to get their act together.

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