Royal test for resurgent Chargers

It's an intriguing battle in the DLF IPL later today as the Deccan Chargers take on the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.

updated: May 16, 2008 16:31 IST
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It's an intriguing battle in the DLF IPL today as the Deccan Chargers take on the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Both the teams have had contrasting fortunes so far. While the Royals have five wins to their name, the Chargers have five defeats. Ironically, the worst of those defeats came at the hands of the same opponents when Andrew Symonds' brilliant century went in vain, not to Shane Warne's bowling but to his batting heroics.

The Deccan Chargers had a strenuous training session ahead of their match against Warne's warriors. They claim that their win over the Chennai Super Kings has wiped out memories of earlier defeats including Shane Warne's two sixes in the final over that took the Royals to victory in their previous clash. But now the Chargers are keen to see a role reversal.

"Rajasthan Royals are a very good side. We lost a very close game against them in Hyderabad. But we will try and play to the best of our ability in this match. It was a very convincing win for us in Chennai so I'm sure we can take that momentum into this game," Deccan Chargers skipper Laxman said.

While the Chargers are recharged, Mumbai Indians had defused the victory march of the Royals in a match where only two Rajasthan players got into double figures. But they claim that their first defeat in six matches, will only spur them to return to winning ways on home turf.

"Most of our guys are doing pretty well. We are not panicking, it's only one game. Anything can happen in Twenty-20, you are going to have one of those performances here and there. But I'm sure you will see a very different Rajasthan Royals on Friday. We'll come out hard on the ground, so look our Hyderabad," Royals captain Warne said.

Both sides face some dilemmas over their playing XI. While, the Chargers hope Laxman returns after injury, the Royals plan to play Dimitri Mascarenhas in his first IPL match.

The Chargers may perhaps have the finest batting line-up of the IPL, but the Royals have a bowling attack that's incisive and full of variety. And if the two sides produce even a fraction of the excitement of their first encounter, then cricket buffs are set for a treat of high-voltage action.