Delhi, May 22 (): The Eliminator match of the IPL 2013 match will be played between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad today, Wednesday, May 22 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians played the first play-off on May 21, Qualifier 1. Chennai Super Kings thrashed Mumbai Indians and entered directly into finals.
The second play-off will be played between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 22. One who loses this match will be out of the competition and the winner will play Qualifier 2 against the loser of the Qualifier 1.
Hyderabad team have a very good chance and can easily knock out Rajasthan if they can get a few early wickets.
Amit Mishra and Dale Steyn are expected to fire with the ball and opening batsmen Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan will look after the batting line.
The Sunrisers’ problem lies in the fact that their batting line-up is not strong enough after these two openers. The players after the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel has just failed to build on the energy provided by the opening pair.
However, the Sunrisers will enter the game with enthusiasm.
Team Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kumar Sangakkara (C), Cameron White, Akshat Reddy, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Biplab Samantray, Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, Darren Sammy, Ravi Teja, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Karan Sharma, Nathan McCullum, Pathiv Patel, Prasant Padmanabhan, Quinton de Cock, Sachin Rana, Shikhar Dhawan, Sudeep Tyagi, T Sargunam, Thisara Perera and Veer Pratap Singh.
The spot-fixing dispute that started last week has marred the tournament and the most hit are the Royals, with all three suspected players belonging to Rajasthan camp. After the scandal broke on May 16, the Royals lost their last league game of the season, coincidentally against the Sunrisers, by 23 runs and Rahul Dravid team is again meeting Sunrisers in Delhi for the eliminator match.
Rajasthan have an advantage over their opponents in the fact that they have had two extra days of rest prior to this match. Skipper Dravid has to ensure that his team enters the match with a fresh mind and remove everything that has happened over the week from their minds before entering the field.
Team Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Dishant Yagnik, Fidel Edwards, Harmeet Singh, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Kumar Boresa, Kushal Janith Perera, Owais Shah, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Shukla, Sachin Baby, Samuel Badree, Sanju Samson, Shane Watson, Shaun Tait, Shreevats Goswami, Sidharth Trivedi, Stuart Binny and Vikramjeet Malik.