Chargers look to bounce back against Royals

Table toppers Deccan Chargers seek to return to winning ways when they clash with an unpredictable Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match on Saturday.

updated: May 02, 2009 09:05 IST
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Having suffered their first defeat in the tournament, table toppers Deccan Chargers will seek to return to winning ways when they clash with an unpredictable Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday.

Although the Chargers' fairytale campaign was stopped last night by the Delhi Daredevils, the Hyderabad outfit is a formidable opponent for the Royals and are sitting pretty at the top with with four wins out of five matches.

Tagged as laggards last year, the Chargers have been A revelation in this edition of the Twenty20 tournament and looked unstopabble till on Thursday when Daredevils defeated them by six wickets.

The Chargers' will be relying heavily on captain Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs, who flopped for the first time in the event against the Daredevils, to fire up front as the duo played a significant role in their success so far.

Gilchrist and Gibbs have been in rampaging form and have blown away their opponents with their power hitting.

Boasting of names like Rohit Sharma and Dwayne Smith, who hit a 28-ball 48-run innings against the Daredevils on Thursday, the Chargers middle order looks impressive.

Except for one bad outing against the Daredevils, the Hyderabad team's bowling department has also looked in good shape with RP Singh leading from the front and young Pragyan Ojha emerging as a new talent in India's spin department.

West Indian Fidel Edwards, who looked little out of sorts against the Daredevils, will look to come out charged up against the Royals to make amends for his poor show.

On the other hand, with two victories out of six matches, Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals, are at the bottom half of the points table.

The defending champions had a mixed outing in the tournament so far and lacked consistency in their performance.

Their unpredictability can be ascertained from the fact that just after their five-wicket triumph over formidable Dardevils on Tuesday, they slumped to a 38-run loss at the hands of a struggling Chennai Super Kings on Thursday.

Batting contiues to remain a concern area for the Royals with the top three Graeme Smith, Rob Quiney and Swapnil Asnodkar emerging as a big disappointment.

The defending champions are depending heavily on Yusuf Pathan to come good which is putting extra pressure on the right-hander.

The Royals' bowlers too have their task cut out as Super Kings' Suresh Raina smashed them all over the park to expose their weakness.

To add to their woes, the Royals might have to do away with young Kamran Khan who injured his foot on Thursday against Chennai and didn't come out to bat later.