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Buoyant Rajasthan Royals take on Royal Challengers

Bangalore, Apr 25 (UNI) The Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals, with two wins, have the edge over Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Twenty-20 Indian Premier League(IPL) tie at M Chinnaswamy stadium here tomorrow.

The thrilling last over victory over Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad, yesterday has boosted the confidence of the Jaipur team. But the local team has also had a convincing win against a strong Mumbai Indians. This win had come after the bad loss in the league opener against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Dravid's men are now bolstered with the arrival of Pakistani hard hitter Misbah-ul-Haq, who joined the team yesterday.

With the eight teams in the league finally coming to grips of the T20 format's intensity with the league entering the second week, a thrilling run chase is on the cards.

The wicket, in the first game, offers good bounce and New Zealand wicket keeper Brendon McCullum's heroics notwithstanding, the bowlers had a satisfying day. Especially after the break, the pitch offered good bounce and movement due to dew effect and hastened fall of the Bangalore's innings.

Much will be expected from the Challengers by the home fans who were disappointed over their team capitulating to a paltry 82, chasing a stiff target against Kolkata, in the first game.

Dravid will have to ensure that his team earns the second win to be in the hunt for a position at the top. The team has to pull up its socks not only to win but also improve its poor run rate, which is the lowest among the eight teams.


Story first published: Friday, April 25, 2008, 19:36 [IST]
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