40th Match : Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals - IPL Highlights
Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals, 40th match
Indian Premier League, 2009
May 11, 2009 at De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
This will be last match at Kimberley, and the previous two have seen good close contests. The pitch seemed to get more and more difficult for batting as the day wore on, but after 2 days break, it might have eased a little bit. Teams will probably look to bat on winning the toss, and post 170 or thereabouts on the board.
Rajasthan Royals: They have looked at their best when 2 or more of their batsmen fire, because their bowling has been good throughout the tournament. Shane Warne has woven his magic and again coaxed a world class performance form a bunch of unknowns. Rajasthan are well placed to make the semi-finals, and will want to seal their spot as soon as possible, with no last-minute mad dashes and net run rate calculations. Yusuf Pathan has been relatively quiet in the last few outings, and he would fancy his chances of a big hitting innings against the Hyderabad attack.
Deccan Chargers: They have had a lot of up and down fortunes, but are still very much in contention for a semi-final spot. Their bowling, which was always a concern, has become more so after the departure of Fidel Edwards. However, the batting has been strengthened by the arrival of Andrew Symonds, which means that the dependence on the openers to fire has reduced drastically. With Symonds in good form, perhaps Gibbs and Gilly can go back to their freestroking ways, secure in the knowledge that their early dismissals will not spell doom for Hyderabad. Rohit Sharma's sudden growth as a spinner has also been of immense value.