Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, JaipurRajasthan Aim to Regain Get Back to Winning Ways Against Pune12-May-2012 13:59:00 GMT
Jaipur: Faced with the daunting task of winning all their remaining matches for having any chance of making the playoffs, Rajasthan Royals would fancy a facile victory when they take on the struggling Pune Warriors in an IPL match on Sunday.
Royals are lying sixth with 12 points from 13 matches and have to win the remaining three to keep their playoff hopes alive.
On the other hand, Pune are at the eighth position with only eight points in kitty from 14 matches, close defeats against Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super kings hurting them the most.
Royals have no such worries and have an inspirational leader in Rahul Dravid. They have played good cricket against fancied rivals but have been guilty of frittering away opportunities.
They might have the edge against Pune but a victory in Jaipur would not be enough as they will have to win all remaining three and pray that the other results also go in their favour.
The hosts would like to start afresh from this juncture and make full use of every opportunity.
On the other hand, Pune might be lying low and almost out of contention but they have to prove a point. They have a decent line-up that includes the likes of Australian skipper Michael Clarke, Dwayne Smith, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey who can be explosive on their day.
The bowling, however, is a concern but Angelo Mathews and Rahul Sharma are clever customers. The visitors would be looking to salvage their pride and prove that they are still a force.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Ashok Menaria, Stuart Binny, Johan Botha, Deepak Chahar, Ajit Chandila, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Ankeet Chavan, Aakash Chopra, Paul Collingwood, Aditya Dole, Samad Fallah, Faiz Fazal, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Brad Hogg, Sumit Narwal, Pankaj Singh, Amit Paunikar, Abhishek Raut, Owais Shah, Pinal Shah, Amit Singh, Shaun Tait, Siddharth Trivedi and Dishant Yagnik (wk).
Pune Warriors: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Robin Uthappa (wk), Eklavya Dwivedi, Michael Clarke, Callum Ferguson, Raiphi Gomez, Harpreet Singh, Dheeraj Jadhav, Kamran Khan, Murali Kartik, Harshad Khadiwale, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nathan McCullum, Anustup Majumdar, Mithun Manhas, Angelo Mathews, Mohnish Mishra, Ali Murtaza, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey, Wayne Parnell, Sachin Rana, Jesse Ryder, Rahul Sharma, Steven Smith, Tamim Iqbal, Alfonso Thomas, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Ashok Dinda, Shrikant Wagh and Luke Wright.
Sunday May 13, 2012 (day/night)
Start time 16:00 local (10:30 GMT)