IPL 2013: Clinical Kolkata Knight Riders face upbeat Rajasthan Royals

The Rajasthan batting unit, as a whole, will have to guard against the threat of Sunil Narine, who foxed Delhi once again with his canny variations.

updated: April 07, 2013 22:40 IST
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In terms of putting their limited resources to best use, there can't be a more tactful team than Rajasthan Royals.

They may not have the big impact players like Chris Gayle or Kieron Pollard, but Rahul Dravid, their captain, proved in the team's opening Indian Premier League 2013 game that star power alone doesn't guarantee victory. Dravid showed he still had enough hunger in him when he became the second-oldest cricketer to score a half-century in the Indian Premier League, in the process inspiring Rajasthan to victory over Delhi Daredevils. It is this confidence Rajasthan would look to carry forward when they clash against Kolkata Knight Riders, also coming off a fine win against Delhi, at Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday (April 8).

The Rajasthan team management would have breathed a sigh of relief that Dravid, who didn't field in that game due to a calf injury, has been declared fit, while the team will also be boosted by the availability of Shane Watson, the Australian allrounder, who in all likelihood will be drafted into the playing XI straightaway. Dravid had earlier hinted that Watson would bowl at some stage in the tournament, but it is likely that he will play as a specialist batsman for the moment. Watson's inclusion would mean Kusal Perera, the Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman, may have to sit out.

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