Jaipur, Apr 7: Rajasthan Royals are on a high after their 31-run victory over Kings XI punjab in their opening match, which will be evident in the dressing room and reflect in the players' performance as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Jaipur on Sunday.
After a comprehensive victory, Royals would like to continue their winning momentum as they take on Gambhir's XI, which has lost its opening match to Delhi Daredevils.
Rajasthan Royals have found a young all-rounder in Kevin Cooper who was the find of the match as he has the ability to score quick runs and grab wickets at the crucial time. His 11 runs came off 3 balls while he claimed 4/26 against Kings XI Punjab to register a 31 run win for Royals on Friday night.
Rahul Dravid, who retired from all forms of the game, led Rajasthan Royals to a comprehensive victory as they beat Gilchrist's XI by 31 runs, to get a rollicking start to their IPL 5 campaign.
Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Cooper, Brad Hodge, Owais Shah add strength to the batting, while Amit Singh, Siddarth Trivedi and Shaun Tait might shoulder the responsibility of the pace unit.
Royals displayed a lot of intensity on the field on Friday night as they were excellent in all the departments and will look forward to continue their good form against Kolkata Knight Riders as well at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday.
On the other hand, Gambhir's men would ensure that no stone is left unturned in Sunday's clash against Rajasthan Royals, after their humiliating defeat in the first match of the tournament.
Batting woes torment Kolkata, as wickets in quick succession sealed their fate, denying them a chance to get back into the game against Delhi Daredevils on Thursday night.
Though the team looked more balanced, batting line-up was exposed by Delhi's bowling attack on Thursday night, which needs to be fixed at the earliest as the team faces a tough challenge on Sunday.
Brett Lee and South African youngster Marchant de Lange were very expensive as they conceded more runs during the rain-truncated match against Delhi.
Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan and skipper Gautam Gambhir are the key players as they are aware of the conditions and can tear apart any bowling attack.
While Manoj Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Lee, Iqbal Abdulla and Rajat Bhatia all are capable of getting quick runs.
According to stats, Rajasthan Royals team has won only 3 off the eight matches that were played in IPL, while one was tied. This data would definitely boost Kolkata's confidence, but Royals have displayed a fantastic performance in their opening match against Kings XI Punjab, which puts them as clear favourites but Gambhir's team definitely has it in them to pull off a win if batting woes are sorted out.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Stuart Binny, Johan Botha, Deepak Chahar, Dinesh Chandimal, Ankeet Chavan, Aakash Chopra, Paul Collingwood, Kevon Cooper, Aditya Dole, Samad Fallah, Faiz Fazal, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Ashok Menaria, Sumit Narwal, Pankaj Singh, Amit Paunikar, Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Raut, Owais Shah, Pinal Shah, Amit Singh, S Sreesanth, Shaun Tait, Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson, Dishant Yagnik.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Manoj Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Yusuf Pathan, Rajat Bhatia, Chirag Jani, Debabrata Das, Iqbal Abdulla, Iresh Saxena, Jaidev Unadkat, Laxmipathy Balaji, Manvinder Bisla, Pradeep Sangwan, Sanju Samson, Sarabjit Singh Ladda, Mohd Shami Ahmed, Brad Haddin (wk), Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum, Eoin Morgan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Marchant de Lange.