The twelfth DLF IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders s lated for April 15 will be a battle of two vanguards. The Rajasthan Royals has already emerged victorious against the Deccan Chargers on April 9 and KKR has shed the tragic aura on April 11 with its nine run win over the Deccan Chargers. After achieving identical brownie points by beating a common enemy, they are to face each other in Jaipur. This twelfth match will witness two teams pampering and spoiling each other. Here is a comparative study of their merits and demerits. The fittest, for sure, has the only chance to survive.
Rajasthan’s double edge: Rajasthan Royals has shown their batting prowess with openers Rahul Dravid and Amit Paunikar. Though Watson was not in the team, under the mature supervision of the perennial spinner Shane Warne, Rajasthan cruised past all hurdles. Then there were the Johan Botha’s 67 runs, something which is no less than a great contribution if we consider the 20-over factor. The bowling side is also quite strong with the key players like Siddharth Trivedi who also bagged the man-of-the-match that day. Amit Singh’s three wickets for 35 runs also indicated the Rajasthan’s potential for a long stint in this season’s IPL. But the challenge it will face on 15th April is not to be underestimated at all.
Kolkata’s hard hit: It is true that Kolkata Knight Riders has failed so far to put a brave face in IPL history. Whether it was the advantage of playing on the home field or it was the brilliant captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, the last win has certainly proved KKR’s ability to overwhelm cricket fans. The batting display indicated much improvement. All of the batsmen gave their best: Kallis-53 off 45, Gambhir-29 off 18, Tiwary-30 off 21. It seems their polishing on the batting side has helped them immensely.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Ryan Ten Doeschate
Laxmi Ratan Shukla
Shakib al Hasan
Prediction: Against such identical achievements of the two teams, the April 15 match between the men of Shilpa Shetty and SRK is highly awaited. A faithful prediction can be a futile attempt. If the KKR batsmen manage wield their bats in utmost dexterity, Shane Warne has whetted both the batting and bowling front. Trivedi and Singh of Rajasthan Royals must submit accurate deliveries if the hard-hitters of Kolkata are to be sent back early. Both have equal chances of victory.
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Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders-DLF IPL IV,Jaipur, April 15, 2011