Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai
Preview: Match 15 - Rajasthan Royals vs Perth Scorchers
Home-field advantage makes RR favourites
The Perth Scorchers will be desperate to get a win under their belt when they take on the Rajasthan Royals in Match 15 of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013.
With just two points from two outings, the Scorchers definitely need to win to remain in the race to progress to the knockouts. The Rajasthan Royals have been clinical and have looked a difficult side to beat. Rahul Dravid’s boys registered convincing wins against the Mumbai Indians and Highveld Lions and will back themselves to do well on their home ground.
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 8 pm IST
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The Rajasthan Royals may not match up to some of the other T20 sides in the world which are packed with several match-winners. Yet, the team has been a force to reckon with because individuals come together and contribute to the side collectively. In Rahul Dravid, they have an inspirational figure, a solid run-getter and a captain who is always one step ahead of the game. Apart from the runs, Dravid’s presence at the crease must be reassuring to some of the younger batsmen in the team. Shane Watson and Brad Hodge are the two most dangerous batsmen in the Royals’ ranks; both batsmen have looked good in the cameos they’ve played so far and the Royals will be hoping that the one big match-killer knock is round the corner.
Like with their batting, the Royals bowling line-up too doesn’t flaunt any scary bowlers. However, James Faulkner and Vikramjeet Malik have made good use of conditions at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium to give their team early breakthroughs. The 42-year-old Pravin Tambe impressed in his maiden CLT20 outing picking up four wickets. Against a side that is not used to playing quality spinners, the leg-spinner will be expected to step up yet again.
The Perth Scorchers are a very inexperienced side. Simon Katich, with his experience of playing Twenty20 cricket in six different countries, will need to lead the way with the bat and hope the likes of Adam Voges (who has impressive numbers in T20 cricket in Australia, England and India) and Marcus North can contribute too. Hilton Cartwright must be feeling confident after his performance in the previous outing against Otago Volts and he will be expected to get among the runs yet again.
As captain of the Rajasthan Royals, Rahul Dravid has won the toss in 22 matches, only ten of which resulted in victories for his team. On the contrary, in the 14 matches he has lost the toss, the Royals have gone on to win ten.
The Rajasthan Royals will play their Group stage fixtures on October 1 when they host the Otago Volts. Perth Scorchers will head to Delhi where they will clash with the Mumbai Indians on October 2.