About the Match
With a brilliant record so far in the tournament, group leaders Rajasthan Royals will play Perth Scorchers on 29th September at Jaipur, a ground which is known to be their fortress. The hosts won both their matches and have 8 points whereas Scorchers lost the match against Otago and earned 2 points from the match against Lions that was abandoned. Both teams are half way through the group league and Rajasthan Royals would not like to lose the winning momentum. On the other hand, Scorchers will have to win both the remaining matches if they want to be in the running for a semifinal berth. So, it is almost a do or die situation for the Scorchers. Rajasthan Royals will be through to the semifinal if they win this match and will look forward to do so. Jaipur has attracted a lot of crowd and this time too, it is expected to be jam-packed with the full support for the side led by Rahul Dravid.
The win against Mumbai Indians in tournament opener was well accomplished, overhauling the target with 2 balls to go. Samson and Rahane stabilized the innings after early departure of Dravid. Samson played as anchor and other top order contributed well to building partnerships. Binny and Watson performed well as all-rounders with Malik bowling superbly, taking 3 wickets. The match against Lions was quite interesting where Royals’ 183 for 5 with Hodge playing an attacking 46 off 23 balls and Tambe proving to be a destroyer, taking four middle order Lions wickets at a crucial time in just 3 overs. Faulkner and Malik also bowled well giving good support to Tambe. A combined team effort saw the team winning the match by 30 runs. It’s definitely a tough team to beat and is looking very confident to carry on with their winning stride.
This team of youngsters from Australia led by Simon Katich, has not yet found its stronghold. Their 1st match against Lions was washed out due to rains and both teams got two points. In the 2nd match against Otago, the fielding and bowling of Scorchers, was left much to be desired. They kept gazing at the speed with which the runs were being made but while chasing fell short by 62 runs, with the top order crumbling though Cartwright remained not out with 69 runs. They did not have the heroics of all-round players like Neil Broom in the opposing side to reach the tall target of 242 runs. The team has to improvise game strategy and put on their thinking caps to survive in this tournament. However, with Jaipur its track similar to that of Perth, they can feel themselves to be at home, at least when pitch is concernced.
Scorchers have not started well and this is their biggest test in this tournament. Royals have good all-rounders in Binny and Watson and they are sure to use all their might to choke the Scorchers who have to find answers for too many questions. Lack of experience is another factor and Scorchers do not have a bowler who can penetrate the defense of Royals. The hosts have performed brilliantly and can easily restrict the opposing batsmen. Having the advantage of playing in front of the home crowd and a positive form, the Royals are more likely to emerge on top.
Rajasthan Royals, 1.33 @ William Hill