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Playoff hopeful Royals take on Chargers in Hyderabad
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 17 May 2012
The Rajasthan Royals, who will be back in action after a four-day break, need to clinch the two points on offer in this match against the Deccan Chargers to remain in the race to the playoffs.
RR have 14 points from as many matches. For them to make it to the playoffs, they not only need to win here, but also hope other results to go their way. And then, they need to beat the Mumbai Indians in the final league fixture of the season.
The Deccan Chargers, on the other hand, have the proverbial “pride” to play for. With only two wins from 14 matches, they lie on the ground floor of the table. While batting first, the Deccan Chargers have scored more than 157 – the par score in IPL 2012 – on seven occasions, but they’ve only managed to defend it twice. That fact clearly highlights that their bowling department hasn’t quite delivered the goods. In their last outing, DC posted 190 for four batting first, but still ended up on the losing side as Kings XI Punjab chased the total down off the last ball. When
Friday, May 17, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White are the two batsmen in the Deccan Chargers’ ranks who’ve performed consistently almost right through IPL 2012. Dhawan seems to be going through a dream run; he’s scored over 500 runs this season and has only one single-figure score from 13 innings. White, meanwhile, has scored more runs in IPL 2012 than all his previous seasons put together, and is the team’s second-highest run-getter.
Rajasthan Royals’ success this season has been based on the starts provided by their openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid. Both players have gone off the boil in the last few matches. But given how much is riding on this game, expect them to come out with a lot more intent.
Keep an eye on Shane Watson and Shaun Tait too. While the former is ranked among the world’s top all-rounders and is capable of winning matches single-handedly with both bat and ball, Tait is capable of running through sides with his pace.
The head-to-head record between the Deccan Chargers and the Rajasthan Royals is rather lopsided in favour of the latter; of the eight matches between the two teams, the Rajasthan Royals have emerged victorious on seven occasions.
The Rajasthan Royals have won each of the last four meetings between the two teams. In the most recent meeting between the two teams (at Jaipur, earlier this season) the Royals successfully chased down 197 to win by five wickets. Trivia
The Deccan Chargers have an awful record at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium; they’ve won only one of their 15 IPL fixtures at the venue.
No Deccan Chargers’ player has scored more runs in a season than Shikhar Dhawan, who has tallied 538 runs from 13 matches in IPL 2012 so far.
The Deccan Chargers have lost five of their six home matches this season.
No Rajasthan Royals’ player has scored more runs in a season than Ajinkya Rahane’s, who has tallied 541 runs from 14 matches in IPL 2012 so far. What next?
The Deccan Chargers will play host to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the penultimate league fixture of the season on May 20, while the Rajasthan Royals will head back home and prepare to host the Mumbai Indians in the final league fixture of IPL 2012 later on the same day.
All-rounder feels RCB’s do-or-die game is evenly balanced
By IPL Staff
New Delhi 16 May 2012
Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL royalty in the earlier editions, are struggling at No. 5 on the points table this year. However, their star-studded line-up is capable of pulling a rabbit out of the hat as they take on the Delhi Daredevilstomorrow.
Tillakaratne Dilshan addressed the media ahead of the match. Excerpts:
On the must-win game against DD
There is no doubt that we have to win in any situation. We have to play our best cricket to win. Delhi Daredevils are playing good cricket. [...] This is the time where our team [needs] to do everything and win to make it to the semi-finals [playoffs]. At the moment, we are playing good cricket. It is a good challenge for us, [having to] beat Delhi [Daredevils]. On Mayank Agarwal
He is a fantastic youngster in our team. I have already told him that he is one of the best youngsters I have seen. He is hitting well. He’s hitting it cleanly in the last few overs, especially against Lasith Malinga [...]. I think it was a good [move] by RCB to give the youngsters an opportunity [despite having a] good [experienced] batting line-up of AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and myself. He is learning a lot, playing with experienced players. I have seen him last year and he is more mature this year. [...] He can handle playing in any position, which is a good thing [...]. On DD
They are a strong team as compared to other teams. They have a very strong batting line-up and a [good] bowling unit as well. They have a very experienced batting line-up, but we also have one of the best batting line-ups [...]. It will be a good contest tomorrow. I feel both teams are equal and whoever plays better cricket in all three departments [batting, bowling and fielding] will win. On AB de Villiers and his improvisational batting
He played the paddle and reverse paddle [against Deccan Chargers]. He’s playing it really well. If you play like this, it is very difficult for the bowlers to bowl at you; they have to think twice [before bowling]. They have to adjust the field also. [...] He played against one of the best fast bowlers. To hit Dale Steyn for six with a paddle shot is not easy. [...] He is thinking really well in the middle and adjusting really well [to play] that shot [...].