IPL 2013 Preview: Rajasthan Royals seek on-field boost against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Rajasthan emerged comfortable winners by eight wickets the last time the two sides met, but it will take a lot out of them both in terms of skills and emotions to repeat a performance of that magnitude against a side hungry to cement their place in the playoffs.

updated: May 17, 2013 14:24 IST
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Rajasthan Royals may be assured of a playoff berth in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, but a lot more than an upcoming game of cricket will have played on their minds when they clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday.

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The alleged involvement of three of their players - S Sreesanth, Ajt Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - in spot-fixing, and their subsequent suspension from the IPL has "devastated" the team in the words of Rahul Dravid, the captain, and they will have to find a way of motivating themselves quickly.

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