Of the 47 matches played in the Pepsi Indian Premier League so far (until May 3), only 14 have come in the form of away wins. The success of home teams has been unprecedented. And while this year's edition may have brought home conditions into sharp focus, the credit for the first team to secure a fortress at home goes to Rajasthan Royals. They are the only team in IPL history to have won twice as many games than they have lost at their home ground, the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
History and form, therefore, will be a part of the Rajasthan dugout when Jaipur hosts Pune and Delhi, the two teams languishing at the bottom of the points table, in the next three days. Rajasthan have won six out of ten matches they have played so far. Two victories on the trot will help them inch closer to the tournament's next stage. If they do make the playoffs, it will be for the first time since 2008 when they won the inaugural IPL under Shane Warne's captaincy.
However, Rajasthan will be mindful of the fact that Pune Warriors India, who they face on Sunday (May 5), had inflicted an eight-wicket defeat on them only three weeks ago, in Pune.