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More than halfway into the season, Rajasthan Royals are in contention for a birth in the play-offs. With more than satisfying performances at home till now, the team now has to come good in the outstation games all well.
Rahul Dravid’s team has prospered through a combined effort with every player contributing. The batting unit has a good mix of both the hard-hitters and conventional stroke-makers. The positive for the team is its top three batsmen, who can mould their game as per the demands of the situation. Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson are the pillars of the Rajasthan Royals and Brad Hodge is the backbone of the batting order; wicketkeeper Dishyant Yagnik and young Sanju Samson have been up to the challenge their skipper has asked them to take up.Rarely a team has more than one genuine all-rounder, and RR is blessed with three. Shane Watson, Stuart Binny and James Faulkner give space to Dravid to pick up an extra spinner or add a batsman to the side according to the strength of the opposition. An example of this we saw in RR’s game against RCB, when Dravid picked up Owais Shah in place of Kevon Cooper.The bowling is not as good as their batting and has a tendency to wilt under pressure in the away games, especially in the death overs. The match against CSK in Chennai is a case in point, where RR lost the match in the death overs. Even the most economic bowlers, Cooper and Faulkner, have been whacked for runs. Ajith Chandila is another parsimonious wicket taker bowler at home, who has failed to stem the flow of runs in the away games.IPL 2013 Live Stream, IPL 2013 Live Streaming, IPL 2013 Live, IPL 2013 Stream, IPL 2013 Streaming, Watch IPL 2013 Online,
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