Rajasthan Royals the inaugural IPL champions with captain cum coach Shane Warne and Shah Rukh Khan's expensively assembled goods made for good contests in the first few seasons of the IPL. At the heart of it was the clash between the personalities of Warne and Sourav Ganguly. Neither Warne nor Ganguly represents these teams, but they have retained their original character.
Rajasthan Royals, under Rahul Dravid, don't have too many superstars, and the ones they do have are not available in the initial part of the season. Yet they have begun with a win. Kolkata Knight Riders is so full of talent that they couldn't make space for Twenty20 certainties such as Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan. Yet they began with a defeat, albeit a rain-interrupted one. The two teams will continue the rivalry at Royals' fortress, Jaipur.
Rajasthan looking good in batting line up with Dravid-Rahane duo, as well as Owais shah and Botha can support them in the middle order. The absence of Ross Taylor is a minus for the batting strength.
Kolkata can bounce back at any situation as the team tree was good shaped with Jacques Kallis at the top of the tree, well balanced by Gautam Gambhir down the order and Manoj Tiwary in the middle order. The team can also make use of the world's no.1 all rounder Shakib al Hassan who can help the side with both bat and bowl. However it could be all we can surprise is about Yusuf Pathan a real hitter for the side, who can carry the nerves of the opponents as well as Bret Lee the Australian pacer one of the worlds fastest fast bowler can support the team any time with bowling attack as well as can make few shots with bat.
The West indies spinner Sunil Narine is likely to make his debut in ipl, as he was dropped from the West indies test squad for the Australian series is awaiting a chance. He can bowl plenty of good deliveries in the depth, the wickets from his hands will be helpful for the side. No doubts he will be handy for KKR.
Both the team are looking good in the clashes, All we have here to wait a few times to enjoy the clash... see you