Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals would be hoping to continue their winning momentum when they take on Highveld Lions in a group A league match of the Champions League Twenty20, here, on Wednesday. They have won their first match against the reigning IPL champions Mumbai Indians.
The Royals have made the Sawai Man Singh stadium a fortress, stretching their winning streak here to nine consecutive matches from IPL-VI. “The wicket here suits us because we have a very good batting unit and our bowlers know the right areas to bowl on this surface,” Royals captain Rahul Dravid said recently.
Putting behind the spot-fixing controversy that hounded them in the IPL-VI, the hosts have gained in confidence that makes them favourites against the Lions from South Africa. The visitors were kept waiting in the dressing room as their match against Perth Scorchers in Ahmedabad was washed off due to rain.
The visitors practised hard for a week here to get used to the conditions and would be eager to test their mettle against the inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals. Rahul Dravid’s men hardly put a foot wrong against Mumbai and they seem to have the resources to counter the Lions as well.
Their batsmen, especially Sanju Samson who struck a fine fifty and was associated in a match winning partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, are in fine form. Shane Watson and Stuart Binny, who helped the hosts to a comfortable seven-wicket victory, are also in fine form.