Rajasthan v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Jaipur April 7, 2013

Teams look to build on early success

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Match facts

Monday, April 8, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Both Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have begun this IPL campaign with victories, and their captains have had a significant influence on the outcome with strong batting displays. Knight Riders won their home game on a slower pitch, where Sunil Narine and the medium-pacers proved highly effective in containing Delhi Daredevils with regular wickets. Royals, too, beat the same opposition, in more batting-friendly conditions, but Daredevils pushed them close. Knight Riders' chase was comfortable, Royals' defense of 165 required two excellent overs at the death and a brilliant effort in the field to run out David Warner.

As the teams look to build on their early success, they have some fitness worries heading in to the game in Jaipur. Rahul Dravid, the Royals captain, who hardly played since the last IPL season, scored a half-century but had to leave the field due to cramps, though is expected to play on Monday. Perhaps their most important player, Australia allrounder Shane Watson, has joined the squad and took part in a practice session on Sunday.

For Knight Riders, Jacques Kallis, L Balaji, and Brett Lee reportedly suffered a stomach bug but are recovering. Apart from winning more convincingly, Knight Riders were excellent in the field against Daredevils, while Royals dropped a couple of catches - but they did pull off two terrific bits of fielding to transform the game. Though they'll be playing at home, Royals may yet again start as underdogs against the defending champions.

Players to watch

The last month of India's domestic season was a productive one for Yusuf Pathan, who has warmed up well for the IPL with a century and two half-centuries in a row in the Vijay Hazare Trophy before this. The IPL in 2012, despite his own team's title triumph, was personally not as satisfying, with 194 runs in 16 innings at 19.40. He calmly guided Knight Riders to victory in the opening game after Gambhir's dismissal, and his team will be looking for more assured performances from him this time around.

Comparisons with Sanath Jayasuriya will chase Kusal Perera through the tournament, especially with his attempted flicks past square leg. He has a triple-century to his name in first-class cricket, had a good home series against Bangladesh, and played some attractive shots during his brief stay in the Royals' IPL opener. Swapnil Asnodkar made a name for himself in the IPL in the first season in 2008 for the Royals (though he's faded away since then), can Perera do better?

Stats and trivia

  • L Balaji has conceded the most runs to Rahul Dravid in the IPL. Dravid has taken 59 runs off 43 balls off Balaji and has been dismissed just once.
  • Brad Hodge has struck the most boundary fours in T20 cricket, with 549 in 180 games.

Quotes

"We have some depth in our team this year. We want to mix and match our team and when Shane Watson comes back we will be even stronger."
Rahul Dravid

"We approach every game as if it's the last, that it means everything. There's no use worrying about added pressure, just go out and play better cricket than the opposition."
Jacques Kallis

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Qa_ankit on | April 8, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    1. If i would be a dravid, then will never play Edwards and Tait together. Both are having same sty le and almost same action. Not saying any one is not dangerous. But still One of them. 2. Between Faulkner/Cooper/Watson: Out of these three i would two must play to strength both bowling and batting. 3. Hogg/Badree/Parera: They should be trump cards used to surprise the gaints rather than using oftenly. 4. Hodge/Owis Shah: One of them for sure in middle. So i can take One from tait/edwards, Two from allrounders, one from Hodge/Shah. If its spinners paradise then should play some one like Hogg/Badree. If tait/edwards are playing them Harmeet/Chandila can be indian spinners with other part timers. I think last match RR missed some good spinners. Others please comment and suggest something in this.

  • POSTED BY dimitri1234 on | April 8, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    So early in the season and Teams stsrting to suffer from injuries. We saw Pune struggle without Yuvi and now RR without Dravid .Here the bench strengths of big teams like MI,CSK,KKR,RCB scores over the less spending teams. Without Dravid , the whole balance of the team will suffer unless watto strts to bowl. A chance for KKR to continue their winning run. All the way ..KKR!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | April 7, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    It's a huge blow if Dravid can't be in the final XI. I'm hoping for his complete and timely recovery. Yes Cricket is second to health. But this isn't a case where Dravid has some terrible injury. So, I want to give preference to Cricket first and hope Dravid does everything correct to be able to step onto the park. As his ardent admirer, I'm gutted. Come on Dravid.......Halla Bol Halla Bol.......

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Strange !!! No spinner for tdays game... & no Sachin Baby yet!!! Fingers crossed.......

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Dravid should deploy man to man strategy he should come in no.4 middle order to counter narine and balaji both are tricky bowlers .i guess RR middle or don't has such determined quality to ease out sunil narine other thay may bolster the bowling!n dravid! doing so may allow watson and Rahane will see off Lee and Hodge and dravid will paly off narine and other slow medium pacers of KKR...! feels that Edwards and cooper should play by playing any Indian spinners harmeet,chandila should pla

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | April 8, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Halla bol RR!! The overseas folks for RR should be Watson, Hodge, Cooper & Faulkner. I don't see much value in keeping Menaria and instead bring in Harmeet and Chandila as the two spinners. Dravid and Rahane should open with Watson, Binny & Hodge coming in later. Yagnik I believe is a decent batsman and should be considered so by the team. All the best Dravid & Co.

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | April 8, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Rooting for RR for this game...

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Cmon KKR... KORBO,LORBO,JITBO!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    to dakshinap BALAJI is the good bowler.Shami Deserves a chance e must be included in the place of Rajat Bhatia.Rajat Bhatia is a waste bowler. So In KKR Shami Ahmed replaces Rajat Bhatia It is currect

  • POSTED BY IrfanBarman on | April 8, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Dravid go and win the game

  • POSTED BY Qa_ankit on | April 8, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    1. If i would be a dravid, then will never play Edwards and Tait together. Both are having same sty le and almost same action. Not saying any one is not dangerous. But still One of them. 2. Between Faulkner/Cooper/Watson: Out of these three i would two must play to strength both bowling and batting. 3. Hogg/Badree/Parera: They should be trump cards used to surprise the gaints rather than using oftenly. 4. Hodge/Owis Shah: One of them for sure in middle. So i can take One from tait/edwards, Two from allrounders, one from Hodge/Shah. If its spinners paradise then should play some one like Hogg/Badree. If tait/edwards are playing them Harmeet/Chandila can be indian spinners with other part timers. I think last match RR missed some good spinners. Others please comment and suggest something in this.

  • POSTED BY dimitri1234 on | April 8, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    So early in the season and Teams stsrting to suffer from injuries. We saw Pune struggle without Yuvi and now RR without Dravid .Here the bench strengths of big teams like MI,CSK,KKR,RCB scores over the less spending teams. Without Dravid , the whole balance of the team will suffer unless watto strts to bowl. A chance for KKR to continue their winning run. All the way ..KKR!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | April 7, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    It's a huge blow if Dravid can't be in the final XI. I'm hoping for his complete and timely recovery. Yes Cricket is second to health. But this isn't a case where Dravid has some terrible injury. So, I want to give preference to Cricket first and hope Dravid does everything correct to be able to step onto the park. As his ardent admirer, I'm gutted. Come on Dravid.......Halla Bol Halla Bol.......

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Strange !!! No spinner for tdays game... & no Sachin Baby yet!!! Fingers crossed.......

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Dravid should deploy man to man strategy he should come in no.4 middle order to counter narine and balaji both are tricky bowlers .i guess RR middle or don't has such determined quality to ease out sunil narine other thay may bolster the bowling!n dravid! doing so may allow watson and Rahane will see off Lee and Hodge and dravid will paly off narine and other slow medium pacers of KKR...! feels that Edwards and cooper should play by playing any Indian spinners harmeet,chandila should pla

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | April 8, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Halla bol RR!! The overseas folks for RR should be Watson, Hodge, Cooper & Faulkner. I don't see much value in keeping Menaria and instead bring in Harmeet and Chandila as the two spinners. Dravid and Rahane should open with Watson, Binny & Hodge coming in later. Yagnik I believe is a decent batsman and should be considered so by the team. All the best Dravid & Co.

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | April 8, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Rooting for RR for this game...

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Cmon KKR... KORBO,LORBO,JITBO!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    to dakshinap BALAJI is the good bowler.Shami Deserves a chance e must be included in the place of Rajat Bhatia.Rajat Bhatia is a waste bowler. So In KKR Shami Ahmed replaces Rajat Bhatia It is currect

  • POSTED BY IrfanBarman on | April 8, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Dravid go and win the game

  • POSTED BY leadshafi on | April 8, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    rr will win the match.this is my prediction

  • POSTED BY Gun79 on | April 8, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    This is the competition between big money vs local talents. I think RR can prove that the money is not all about. I like to see sachin baby get a game alone with the Watson, Perera, Hodge and Faulkner. Nice to see shreesanth in action and hope he ll perform well.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Two Trinidadians face off against each other today for their respective teams, Narine for KKR and Kevon Cooper who successfully bowled the death over for RR against Delhi on Saturday. Close contest.

  • POSTED BY uncanny on | April 8, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    As per latest info, watson and dravid are fit, so they become the sure starters, include sachin baby, lets see what he is made up of.Give chance to tait, who can surely unsettle bisla, gambhir kallis and even pathan with pace. Open with rahane and watson, then sachin baby, rahul dravid, hodge, binny, sreevats, cooper, sreesanth, trivedi, tait

  • POSTED BY wizards_chatis on | April 8, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Good luck RR... rock on royals

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    I think, Rahul mst have 2 changes in squad according to prior match, in place of Badree (Watson) & R Shukla (Harmeet Singh or A Singh)

  • POSTED BY raju11991 on | April 8, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Watson go and win the game

  • POSTED BY dakshinap on | April 8, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    In RR : A Menaria is waste. Sachin Baby should play in his place

    In KKR: They should give chance for Shami Ahemed in place of Balaji

  • POSTED BY Rockers11.1 on | April 8, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    KKR is not as strong as they assume. Come on Royals. Expecting some class batting from Rahane.!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    wat abt brendon mccullum ?????/ :(

  • POSTED BY santhoo24 on | April 8, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    with Shane Warne as captain, I hated RR, and that feeling continued even after Dravid took over although I like Dravid. Trying to be neutral fan, I wish both teams all the best, and may the better team win

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    There's no use worrying about added pressure, just go out and play better cricket than the opposition.".....Rahul Dravid Absolutely positive approach for the better game

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    @iamstupid-surely narine.i also choosed him as a my fantasy team captain.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Would love to watch Tino Best along with lee and narine......man what an awesome combination it would be..........12 overs of frustration for the batting side..

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    narain was played or not

  • POSTED BY TeamRocker on | April 8, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    My team for RR, presuming that Watson is fit: 1) Perera 2) Rahane 3) Watson 4) Dravid 5) Hodge/Shah 6) Binny 7) Baby 8) Cooper 9) Sreesanth 10) Shukla 11) Harmeet Singh

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    rcb- shane watson,o shah,j faulkner,s tait

    kkr-b lee eoin morgan,jh kalis,s narain

  • POSTED BY shan1280 on | April 8, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Top 11//

    1)Perera 2)Watson 3)Rahane 4)Dravid 5)Binny 6)Hodge 7)Cooper 8)Menaria 9)Sreesanth 10)Shukla 11)Trivedi

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 8, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    KKR should sign TINO BEST as replacement for Pattinson, I'd love to see Tino in Ipl especially bowling 90mh back to back with Lee

  • POSTED BY iamstupid on | April 8, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    I'm not all concerned with RR or KKR. I'm only thinking whom to declare captain in my fantasy team. any suggestions !

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    my rr XI--- 1.rahane, 2.watto, 3.dravid, 4.binny, 5. brad hodge , 6.owis shah, 7.Goswami, 8.chavan, 9.shreesanth 10 faulkner 11.harmeet.

  • POSTED BY Rajasthancoach on | April 8, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Sreesanth and shaun tait with new ball is great combo..kerala boys sachin baby and samson strength middle order .watson hodge cooper are superb..trivedi should be thrown out also shukla.poor bowlers..

  • POSTED BY DrVivekPS on | April 8, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I dont think it is wise to suggest a team for RR or any other team..... They do select a combination considering a lot of factors some of which we do not even think of. Rahul Dravid has already said that they will continue to mix and match their players.... One thing that is sure is RR wont retain the same side from the last match... Looking forward to see their combination for this match!!!

  • POSTED BY imranpakbaz on | April 8, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Well I'm looking forward for brendon McCullum has he joined the squad yet?

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 8, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    C'mom Kusal.. show the world how destructive you can be. Put the fear into bowlers' hearts just like Sanath "The Hurricane" Jayasuriya did. Go after 'em n take 'em apart. That's the Sri Lankan brand of Cricket. Just live up to your reputation n the ball will start to disappear into the night sky. G'luck n waiting to see a blistering innings from you. - Your biggest fan-

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    KKR should not blow away the momentum they have got from the first match... if they are able to play to their strength, that should be sufficient to beat RR!! all the best the men in purple!!!

  • POSTED BY write2sagar on | April 8, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Please include james faulkner in playing 11 for RR.He is best bowlerin death overs.Also include Shami Ahmed in KKR. If this both players gives the chance they will 101% rock this tournament..

  • POSTED BY TeamAnkit on | April 8, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Sreesanth Bowled really well last game..and with Watson back...d teams bowling attack is boosted... it looks like a 50-50 contest today

  • POSTED BY Qa_ankit on | April 8, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    @Izzu: Ooooh sorry. I think i am flooded by my emotional river for RR. :) Though u can suggest the best playing 11. I hope you are with RR though??

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | April 8, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    all the best PADMA BUSHAN Rahul Dravid. You are the best. God Bless Us all. from a loyal Dravid fan

  • POSTED BY Otuwa on | April 8, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    @Qa_ankit-your team hav 5 overseas.My XI-[1]perera[2]rahane[3]dravid[4]watson[5]hodge[6]binny[7]chavan[8]cooper[9]s santh[10]trivedi[11]harmeet

  • POSTED BY Qa_ankit on | April 8, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    From RR Fan: I would love to see some changes. Badree out for Hogg. Maneria out for Baby. There should be some strenght in batting as we saw how RR lost wickets (5 in 2 overs). Against Naraine i would love Hogg to have a battle with him. So line up may be: Parera, Rahane, Watson, Dravid, Hodge, Binny , Cooper, Hogg, Sreesanth, Harmeet, Trivedi/Shukla. From last match, i would love to thank three person who actually won the match. 1. Sreesanth: Bowled beautifully. I was surprised with his effort. 2. Binny: Good fireworks from you man. 3. Cooper: Need not to say about his last two overs.

  • POSTED BY blodha on | April 8, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    RRXI: (8 Bat + 7 Bowl combinatio (5 Pacer + 2 Spin)) Rahane, Watson* (Bat+Bowl), Dravid, Kushal*, Hodge*, Binny (Bat+Bowl), Cooper*(Bat+Bowl), Baby (Bat+Bowl), Trivedi (Bowl), Sreesant (Bowl), Chandila (Bowl).

  • POSTED BY Rajasthancoach on | April 8, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Last match rr lacked xfactor..surely they should unleash shaun tait and watson..

  • POSTED BY NUNA_1980 on | April 8, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Saga say's "he's having best timing among us in the team". So I am waiting for blasting inning from Little KP.

  • POSTED BY Subhajit111 on | April 8, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    It's always RR is a tough side to beat in home but, the kind of bowling attack have KKR could prove costly for RR.In batting concern RR players shown well fight in last match but KKR have to prove their middle order strength is well.So I think there have a lot things to prove for this two teams.GO KKR GO beat the RR.

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 8, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Although Kkr is favorite here but i want to see good fight from Rr. Rravid shld play despite of injury! Come on Dravid..! My team 1 Rahane 2. Kausal P 3. watson. 4 Dravid 5. Hodge 6. Binny 7. Chavan 8. Cooper 9 Sreesanth 10 Sukla 11 Trivedi

  • POSTED BY BHUTORIA on | April 8, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    I want and wish that KKR win the game but being an ardent Dravid fan want him to score most of the runs and bring his team close to victory.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | April 8, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    I have no idea why they continuously play Trivedi despite his awful bowling and pathetic fielding. He and Maneria are one of the luckiest players of IPL who have playing even after heights of mediocrity.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | April 8, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Sachin Baby has to come in for Maneria. Dravid, Manaria has been a flop show from last 2-3 IPL and it is time for India to see the New Sachin Baby.

  • POSTED BY Rajasthancoach on | April 8, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    My team..watson.. rahane..dravid..hodge..sachin baby..sanju samsom(wk).stuart binny..cooper.sreesanth..harmeet singh..shaun tait/jame faulkner.. Trivedi should be out he is of no use..

  • POSTED BY S-L-2-0-1-2 on | April 8, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Kusal Janith Perera and Sachin Baby ..........enough said

  • POSTED BY vpk23 on | April 7, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Hope we get to see The Left Handed Sachin debut on his home turf.....That s the new Baby Sachin!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is got some talent

  • POSTED BY A__J on | April 7, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Both RR and KKR seem strong teams, its gonna be a tight match and personally i think what will win or loose the contest is how RR handle Narine and Lee. Dravid has the expretise and the craftsmanship to handle them, and if he can spread this i think RR are onto a really good XI.

  • POSTED BY PointFielder on | April 7, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Rajasthan Royal will play the same team. No point changing a winning combo.

  • POSTED BY rao1995 on | April 7, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Obvioulsy RR will win No Issues :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Sreesanth will have cracker of a match tomorrow, he is gonna rip up KKR batting for sure!!!

  • POSTED BY Aju.Nair on | April 7, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Sachin Baby deserves a chance...it would be good if Sachin Baby can replace Menaria..This guy scores quickly and can bowl as well..RR team management should think properly and select the team..Rahane should have to change his batting strategy..I could see lack of confidence in his approach..Shane Watson can be played in place of Badree....All together RR has a great chance to move up in the points table..It all depends on how they are going to handle Naraine..Godspeed..

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Sachin Baby should be given a chance to demonstrate his big hitting prowess in ipl..he made quite a name for himself in the recently concluded syed mustaq ali trophy with his monstrous 48 of just 20 balls against delhi that helped kerala top the group till the last game against gujarat...sanju samson is another exciting young prospect who was also a part of the victorious U-19 team...Too bad Kerala don't have an ipl team this season!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Sachin Baby should be given a chance to demonstrate his big hitting prowess in ipl..he made quite a name for himself in the recently concluded syed mustaq ali trophy with his monstrous 48 of just 20 balls against delhi that helped kerala top the group till the last game against gujarat...sanju samson is another exciting young prospect who was also a part of the victorious U-19 team...Too bad Kerala don't have an ipl team this season!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Aju.Nair on | April 7, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Sachin Baby deserves a chance...it would be good if Sachin Baby can replace Menaria..This guy scores quickly and can bowl as well..RR team management should think properly and select the team..Rahane should have to change his batting strategy..I could see lack of confidence in his approach..Shane Watson can be played in place of Badree....All together RR has a great chance to move up in the points table..It all depends on how they are going to handle Naraine..Godspeed..

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Sreesanth will have cracker of a match tomorrow, he is gonna rip up KKR batting for sure!!!

  • POSTED BY rao1995 on | April 7, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Obvioulsy RR will win No Issues :)

  • POSTED BY PointFielder on | April 7, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Rajasthan Royal will play the same team. No point changing a winning combo.

  • POSTED BY A__J on | April 7, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Both RR and KKR seem strong teams, its gonna be a tight match and personally i think what will win or loose the contest is how RR handle Narine and Lee. Dravid has the expretise and the craftsmanship to handle them, and if he can spread this i think RR are onto a really good XI.

  • POSTED BY vpk23 on | April 7, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Hope we get to see The Left Handed Sachin debut on his home turf.....That s the new Baby Sachin!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is got some talent

  • POSTED BY S-L-2-0-1-2 on | April 8, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Kusal Janith Perera and Sachin Baby ..........enough said

  • POSTED BY Rajasthancoach on | April 8, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    My team..watson.. rahane..dravid..hodge..sachin baby..sanju samsom(wk).stuart binny..cooper.sreesanth..harmeet singh..shaun tait/jame faulkner.. Trivedi should be out he is of no use..

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | April 8, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Sachin Baby has to come in for Maneria. Dravid, Manaria has been a flop show from last 2-3 IPL and it is time for India to see the New Sachin Baby.