Rajasthan look to bounce back against Bangalore

Last Updated 25 April 2014, 09:02 IST

Recovering from back-to-back defeats, a demoralised Rajasthan Royals will have to sort out their issues before they clash with Bangalore Royal Challengers, whose rampaging run was brought to a halt by Kolkata Knight Riders last night, in an IPL-7 match here tomorrow.

After a last-over win against Hyderabad in their campaign-opener, Rajasthan suffered two successive defeats against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings and skipper Shane Watson will quickly have to address his teams' batting and bowling issues.

Bangalore, on the other hand, were on a high with two successive wins before Kolkata snatched a two-run unlikely victory to leave Virat Kohli and company stunned.

Rajasthan have to better their all-round showing as both their batting and bowling have failed on separate occasions.

If it was Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny who helped Rajasthan narrowly cross the line in their first match, Watson and Sanju Samson came good in the next match with twin half-centuries to put up a good total against Punjab but their bowlers could not defend the total.

But in their last match, Rajasthan's batting faltered against a disciplined Chennai Super Kings bowling attack.

The 2008 champions have some big names like James Faulkner, Brad Hodge and Steven Smith, besides Watson, in their ranks.

But apart from Watson's one innings, none of the star players could set the stage on fire. Domestic players, Rahane and Samson have come up with one good innings but they have lacked consistency.

The pace department led by Dhawal Kulkarni and medium-pacer Rajat Bhatia have also not made much of an impact. Kane Richardson too has taken three wickets in two matches but he missed the last game due to sickness.

(Published 25 April 2014, 09:02 IST)

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