Preview: Match 2 DC v RR

April 8, 2011

The 2nd match of the IPL sees two of the former champions face off hoping to get off to a winning start. Deccan Chargers have always been strong on paper, and have always been considered as favourites to lift the title, they did so in 2009 after a disastrous inaugural season. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand have been the surprise package of the IPL, they were considered the underdogs of the tournament, but like in a blockbuster movie, they rose from the depths to scale the heights to win IPL 1.

2009 Champions Deccan Chargers have gone the KKR way opting to not retain any of their players, they went in with a complete revamp even choosing to let go of the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds. Royals have kept the dependable Australian duo of Shane Warne and Shane Watson, and will be keen to give their fans something to cheer about after their tiff with the BCCI.

Deccan Chargers

The Chargers, like in previous editions, come into the tournament with a strong team capable of taking the tournament by storm. The captain’s armband has gone to former Sri Lankan skipper, Kumar Sangakkara, who was in prime form during the World Cup and will look to continue in the same vein. They also have JP Duminy, Michael Lumb and Shikar Dhawan, who will form the core of the batting along with Sangakkara.

On the bowling front, they have a number of options lead by fiery South African Dale Steyn. They also have a handy bunch of Indian spinners in Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra who could prove vital. Ojha already has made full use of his opportunities with DC and is among the top wicket takers in the tournament. Ishant Sharma too has a lot to prove after being discarded by the Indian team due to bad form, it would be the ideal opportunity to show what he is capable of.

Rajasthan Royals

Much like the inaugural IPL, Rajasthan’s team look severely depleted when compared to the rest of the teams, but like in the first edition this gives Shane Warne the perfect opportunity to work his magic with a young team. The likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Swapnil Asnodker were unearthed during that time.

Watson and New Zealand star, Ross Taylor have the much needed firepower to give their team a good score, while Rahul Dravid will have a key role to play with an anchor role. Jacob Oram, who was brought on in place of the injured Paul Collingwood, will need to make use of the starts provided to ensure his team finish with a flurry of boundaries.

While Warne needs no introduction, Australian Shaun Tait and South African Johan Botha will also have key roles to play with Oram and Siddarth Trivedi expected to play the supporting role.

Players to watch out for

Kumar Sangakkara: The former Sri Lankan skipper would be devastated at having missed out on the WC at the very end and it will be his chance to prove his captaincy credentials in another high profile tournament. He has been in stunning form in the WC and if he continues in the same way, it could sound alarm bells for Rajasthan.

Ross TaylorThe dashing Kiwi showed the world what he is capable of smashing a brilliant hundred against Pakistan. Rajasthan will need the right hander to be in that sort of mood as they try to repeat their 2008 heroics.

Head to Head

Rajasthan Royals have won five out of the six matches the two sides have played in the three editions so far, including both home and away wins in 2008 and 2010.

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