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Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders play their first away fixture of the Pepsi IPL VI season when they take on the Rajasthan Royals.
Both teams come into this fixture after beating the Delhi Daredevils in their respective opening games. While the Kolkata Knight Riders registered a convincing win in the season opener, the Rajasthan Royals held their nerves to clinch a 5-run victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.
The Royals are formidable opponents while playing at home; they’ve won 16 of their 25 home fixtures. However, in IPL 2012, they only managed to win half their home games and they will be aware that they need to do better to push for a place amongst the top four teams.
The Kolkata Knight Riders meanwhile are on a roll; they’ve won each of their last five matches – stretching into last season – and will be hoping to extend that run well into the season.
Monday, April 8, 2013, 8 p.m
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The Rajasthan Royals will be boosted by the availability of Shane Watson. Watson has been a consistent performer for the Royals with both bat and ball. However, in the initial games this season he will only be available for selection as a batsman. The Royals will be hoping that the Australian not only makes useful contributions but goes on to make those big scores.
Despite not playing any other form of cricket, Rahul Dravid looked in good touch in the opening game and was the Royals’ top-scorer. Though he pulled a muscle and did not take the field for the better part of the Daredevils’ run-chase, the Royals’ skipper has expressed confidence that he would have recovered enough to take the field in his team’s first home game. Brad Hodge, the top run-getter in the Twenty20 format, along with Owais Shah will be the other key names in the batting line-up.
For KKR, look no further than skipper Gautam Gambhir. The southpaw, a very determined character and one who believes in leading from the front, looked in good touch in the season opener and he will be keen to carry that form through the tournament.
Among the bowlers, the eight overs of L Balaji and Sunil Narine (together) and how much the opponents score of those overs, could have a significant bearing on the result. No one has bettered the art of bowling on sub-continent conditions better than Balaji, while batsmen are yet to decipher the mystery of Narine.
There’s nothing to separate the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders where previous fixtures are concerned. Both the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have won five matches apiece. However barring the one tied fixture in 2009 which was won by the Rajasthan Royals in the one-over eliminator, all the remaining nine matches have been clearly one-sided fixtures.
The Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir currently shares the record for the most half-centuries in the IPL with Chris Gayle and Jacques Kallis. All three players have scored 16 50-plus scores in the IPL.
Both team’s next fixtures are scheduled on April 11. The Rajasthan Royals will next be seen in action at Pune when they take on Pune Warriors India, while the Kolkata Knight Riders will head down south to the Garden City of Bengaluru to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Rajasthan Royals will be keen to carry forward the winning momentum when they take the field in their first home game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The Royals who reached Jaipur on Sunday after a tight finish against the Delhi Daredevils trained hard in the evening ahead of their match against the Kolkata Knight Riders’ on Monday.
Speaking about the team’s preparation and the opposition, Siddharth Trivedi told the media, “We focus on the strengths of our team. Our coach, Paddy Upton and Rahul Dravid and others will work on a strategy for our batsmen. (However), working on our strengths is what we have been doing. Since the last match went well it has given the team a good momentum and the team is confident. And we will try and do better.”
“KKR is a quality side. (If we focus on) our strengths and the goals that we set and the strategy that we make and if we play accordingly then we will be able to play their spinners well too,” Trivedi replied when asked about their strategy to counter the likes of Sunil Narine, one of the key wicket takers for the Gautam Gambhir-led KKR.
Although they held their nerves to pull off a win against the Delhi Daredevils, there will be creases that the Rahul Dravid-led side will look to iron out. Speaking about the few lapses and the areas that they will be looking to improve on like capitalising on the starts and accelerating the scoring towards the end, Tivedi said, “In twenty20 you can’t predict what will happen. In the last two overs when we had to capitalise we lost wickets and the same happened with Delhi as well. And under pressure to score runs they too lost wickets. The format is such. We have analysed the last match that we played and the mistakes that we made and we will try to minimise those.”
Speaking about the availability of Shane Watson, who joined the team in Delhi, Trivedi stated, “management will decide.” But skipper Rahul Dravid had told the media ahead of the match in Delhi, “We have a game on April 8th in Jaipur so that is going to be Watson’s first game of the season. We are looking forward to having him back.”
Asked about the pitch Trivedi said, “I haven’t seen the pitch but the Jaipur wicket has always been a sporting track and hope that it will be the same.”