Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2011, Mohali

Warne v Gilchrist in Mohali

The Preview by Sidharth Monga

April 20, 2011

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Match facts

Thursday, April 21, Mohali
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Life's good, especially with 700 wickets under your belt: Shane Warne receives congratulations from Adam Gilchrist on taking his 700th Test wicket, Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, December 26, 2006
Colours have changed, teams have changed, but life's still good © Getty Images

Big picture

Adam Gilchrist contributed to 59 of Shane Warne's Test wickets either through catches or stumpings, one more than Ian Healy did. And then there were the endless plans that the two would have worked out together. On Thursday, they will be using their cricket expertise and their knowledge of each other's games to try and beat the other guy's team. More than other captains, perhaps, Gilchrist and Warne have left deeper imprints on teams they have led in the IPL. They have won the thing once each too.

This year, Gilchrist seeks to leave his imprint on a new side, the Kings XI Punjab, while Rajasthan Royals have loyally retained Warne. They have had contrasting starts to their campaign. Rajasthan began with two wins before running into two defeats at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders. Punjab lost their first game, didn't bowl exceptionally in their second, but then Paul Valthaty changed it all, winning them that game and the next. While Punjab will look to carry on that momentum, Rajasthan will look to arrest the slide.

Team talk

The last time Rajasthan played, they missed the injured Rahul Dravid and Johan Botha. While Dravid should walk into the XI if he is fit, it will be interesting to see if Rajasthan drop Shaun Tait for Botha. On current form, and considering the all-round skills of Botha, they should. Amit Paunikar hasn't got going as an opener, and his place could also come under scrutiny.

In their last game, Punjab brought in an extra seamer in Vikramjeet Singh Malik. It will be interesting to see if they persist with that winning combination in Mohali.

In the spotlight

At the moment, Paul Valthaty seems to be incapable of committing a mistake. In the last two games, he has scored a century and a fifty, and has also taken four wickets with his split-finger slower balls. If he keeps going in this vein, he is likely to stay on the winning side.

Shane Watson was one of the cornerstones of the success that Rajasthan Royals tasted in their first season. This time, though, he has got off to a slow start, scoring only 33 in two games. Rajasthan will look for some of what he did in Bangladesh immediately before coming to the IPL.

Prime numbers

  • Valthaty needs 36 runs to take back the orange cap from Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Rajasthan's leadin run-getter, Johan Botha with 118, is only the 15th best in the overall list. That represents some of Rajasthan's problems.

The chatter

"He is known to spring surprises on the opposition. So we have to be ready for the challenges thrown at us."
Adam Gilchrist need not be warned about Shane Warne

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Posted by Sarlana on (April 21, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

Gill's Team will win today... 1. They are in good form that is lack by RR 2. They have good bowling attack than RR 3. RR completely depend on Taylor & Watson

See what happens by EOD

Posted by   on (April 21, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

Both Gilly and Shane are good buddies and also colourful Cricketers. The game misses these starwarts.

Posted by rajyash on (April 21, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

S.Warne (captain), S.Watson(wise captain), S.Asnodkar, A.Singh, S.Binny, R.Dravid (wicket keeper), S.Trivedi, R.Taylor, J.Botha, A.Raut, A.Menaria,wow my team nice team

Posted by   on (April 21, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Hoping PXI will win today.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

i m a big fan of RR only for trying out new kids on block for india. ultimate chance under Warnie. playing XI against Kings Punjab shud be 1.Watson 2.Asnodkar 3.Dravid 4.Menaria 5.Taylor 6.Rahane 7.Oram 8.Raut 9.Warne 10.Chahar 11.Trivedi

Posted by powerwatt on (April 21, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

why is rr not taking chahar n pankaj singh.....dey need a good bowling attack :S

Posted by RBNgpt on (April 21, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

RR playing XI should be Asnodkar, rahul dravid, Shane watson, Johan Botha, Ross Taylor,Menaria, Akash Chopra, Penal Shah, shane warne, Deepak chhahar, pankaj singh. this combination would work in all departments for RR.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

WOW wat a battle coming our way...d war b/w the best leggie of all times n d best wicket keeper batsman of all start with both teams have changed some players , specially KXIP hav changed the entire look and retained very few players from their previous team.RR have also have come up with some new players specially dravids,taylors, far as form z concerned KXIP looked in gr8 touch finishing with two wins in a row,and RR with two demoralising defeats,but 20-20 is all about how you perform during those few hours,most importantly Gilly z in good nick, and what to say about Paul Valthaty he z in form of his life,spin department z a thing to worry for KXIP as chawla z not delivering upto the expectations,RR bowling looks pretty good,team selection can be a concern for Warne as tait bowled well in the last match against KKR ,also botha has been the highest rungetter for the team.Let's c what combination warne will go with...all the best to both d teams

Posted by   on (April 21, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

Ask preety to play chtin urgently he is blaster batsman and pls give a chance

Posted by   on (April 21, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

KXIP should include Sidharth Chitnis- the find of Indian Domestic Cricket 2011 and RR should include the new swing bowler Deepak Chahaar in to their squad. I wonder some players are are not even getting chance to proove their talents. Kamran Khan,B Kumar for pune,Sreewats Goswamy,Pradeep Sangwan for KKR,Stuart binny of RR,Varun Aaron for DD,Mukund for CSK are examples...!IPL is destroying their career like Gourav Dhiman- a hard hitting batsman for RCB in 2008 season and keeping him in the bench for the entire season...!Where is he now?

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (April 21, 2011, 4:50 GMT)

the best XI for rajasthan would be 1.watson 2.asnodkar 3.taylor 4.dravid 5.rahane 6.menaria 7.botha 8.warne 9.deepak chahar 10.trivedi 11.amit singh the best XI for punjab would be 1.gilchrist 2.valthaty 3.marsh 4.d.karthik 5.mclaren 6.nayar 7.sohal 8.praveen 9.harris 10.chawla 11.bhatt

Posted by cheerer on (April 21, 2011, 4:39 GMT)

NO VALTHATY............NO KXIP AT ALL!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 21, 2011, 4:05 GMT)

two best cricketer in their own position. one is the best spin bowler of the world and another is the best wicketkeeper batsman of the world. we love to watch playing against one another.

Posted by mightymf2000 on (April 21, 2011, 0:20 GMT)

In some ways the IPL is good so players like Warnie and Gilly can slowly phase out and have the odd game against old mates

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 20, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

I don't feel the hype surrounding this encounter. Warne and Gilly are both past their prime and have gotten over representing Australia. Now they are retired freelance cricketers who are simply enjoying their retirement doing what they always did; play cricket. How many us are lucky like that ?

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