With close results becoming a norm in the IPL this year, the competition is heating
up as the teams look to battle it out for playoffs spots. With two spots already
gone, Rajasthan Royals will be eager to push forward their case when they
clash with the miserable Deccan Chargers on Friday.
As the points table stands right now, Rajasthan Royals have 14 points and are
still in with a chance should they manage to win both their remaining matches.
A defeat in either will pull the curtain on their campaign. Deccan Chargers, on
the other hand, have been out of the race since a while having won only two matches
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Rajasthan Royals scored a much-needed win in their last match, beating Pune
Warriors by 45 runs. Ajinkya Rahane will yet again be the mainstay of their
batting being the leading run scorer for the Royals this season while Shane Watson has also had a significant impact ever since he arrived from international
duty. Captain Rahul Dravid has suffered a bad patch off late but will
be banking on his players to deliver the goods. Ajit Chandila was a surprise
package in the last match, picking a hat-trick on his way to 4 for 13. Watson
and Johan Botha also picked up crucial wickets.
Deccan Chargers have had no answers to their own miserable run when they have
lost matches from a seemingly comfortable position. Their last match, against
Kings XI Punjab, was a similar story as they lost off the final ball of the
match, conceding 45 runs from the last 20 balls. The batting throughout the
season has been the story of Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White's brilliance
while the bowlers have endured miserable periods, going for runs. Dale Steyn
will spearhead the attack while TP Sudhindra, suspended for alleged involvement
in spot-fixing, will have to be replaced.
The match will be played in Hyderabad.