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Defending champion Rajasthan Royals after a poor start in the 2009 Indian Premier League, with 1 loss and 1 draw will meet Kolkata Knight Riderso on Thursday, 23rd April, 2009 at Cape Town in the 2nd match of the day starting from 16.30pm, 14.30GMT, 8.00 PM IST.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the last rain shorten match by D/L method by 11 runs and gain some confidence as Gayle came back in form. Their middle order looking week and opener has to perform well as they also include spinner Ajantha Mendis.
Rajasthan Royals is looking a dull team without their star players and after just 1 point from 2 games they have to really play well to defend their title. Graem Smith and Yusuf Pathan to show some great performance.
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing 11, Team, Squad (Likely)
Brendon McCullum (capt), Chris Gayle, Sourav Ganguly, Brad Hodge, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Akash Chpra, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Ajantha Mendis.
Rajasthan Royals Playing 11, Team, Squad (Likely)
Graeme Smith, Swapnil Asnodkar, Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Tyron Henderson, Shane Warne (capt), Mahesh Rawat (wk), Munaf Patel, Sidharth Trivedi, Kamran Khan.
In the 9th match 0f 2009 Indian Premier League - IPL, Sehwag's Delhi Daredevils will meet Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings on Thursday, 23rd April, 2009 at Durban in the 1st match of the day starting from 12.30 PM local time, 10.30 GMT and 4.00 PM IST.
Delhi Daredevils is one of the favorite to win the 2009 IPL with a very balanced side in all departments. They won the 1st rain hit match convincingly and likely to retain the same team.
Chennai Super Kings bounced back after defeat in the 1st match and won 2nd match by huge margin of 92 runs. They also retain the same winning team as Hayden is in good touch.
Delhi Daredevils Playing Eleven Team, Squad (Likely)
Virender Sehwag (capt), David Warner, Gautam Gambhir, AB de Villiers, Manoj Tiwary, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rajat Bhatia, Daniel Vettori, Yo Mahesh/Amit Mishra,Ashish Nehra, Glenn McGrath.
Chennai Super Kings Playing 11, Team, Squad (Likely)
Matthew Hayden, Parthiv Patel, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), S Badrinath, Andrew Flintoff, Albie Morkel, L Balaji, Joginder Sharma, Manpreet Gony, Muttiah Muralitharan.
Ever since the Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach and Director of cricket operation of KKR John Buchanan proposed an experiment with multiple captains, the team has been shrouded in controversy. Buchanan seemed keen on trying out an all new strategy of having rotating captaincy to a team.
This move comes as a big disappointment to Sourav Ganguly who led the Kolkata Knight Riders through the first season of the IPL. Although they didn’t do very well last year losing 8 of the 14 games they played, Shahrukh and Ganguly’s fans at home had faith in his performance as a team leader. This decision is bound to kick up the dust among his fans, who are already protesting Buchanan’s decision. Ganguly however insists that as a professional, he will give his best to the team at whatever position he is.
On the other hand, McCullum who played only four matches in the first season is slated to be free to play for the whole of the second season of IPL. Last year McCullum gave KKR a blazing start, if he maintains that level of performance this year, he might prove to be an invaluable asset to the team as captain.