Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 17 May 2012 - 07:01pm IST
Preview: Match 68 – DC v RR
Playoff hopeful Royals take on Chargers in Hyderabad
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.
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.
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.
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.