Rajasthan Royals vs. Bangalore Royal Challengers - 16.30 (CAT) - Saturday 18th April
The Newlands crowd are going to be in for a show come the second game of Saturday afternoon, as IPL 2008 defending champions, the Rajasthan Royals, take on new look Bangalore Royal Challengers.
Shane Warne will be leading the Royals once again from the front, and will be looking at getting the same drive and passion out of his players as he did in the IPL 2008.
Warne’s roll with the ball will be vital to his team’s success, as they enter this tournament without two of their leading wicket takers, Shane Watson and Sohail Tanvir.
Star player Yusuf Pathan will be watched closely, especially by Indian selectors for the upcoming ICC 20-20 World Cup, as he stole the show in IPL 2008 with both bat and ball. He is a gamebreaker for the Royals, and a player to watch at Newlands this weekend.
The Bangalore Royal Challengers will look to arrive on Saturday evening with “all guns blazing,” as they look at making a good start to the IPL 2009.
With new coach Ray Jennings at the helm of the Royal Challengers, big things can be expected of his team this year 'round.
Jennings will be partnered with new Royal Challengers skipper, Kevin Pieterson. KP has proven in the past to destroy any bowling attack on South African turf, and will look to silence his critics on the back of a very sketchy West Indies tour.
KP’s knowledge of Shane Warne, both previous Hampshire teammates, will make for an entertaining battle at Newlands.
He’ll be backed by the aggressive clean hitting of New Zealander Jesse Ryder, South African Mark Boucher, and up-and-comer Roelof van der Merwe.
IPL 2008 Results:
Match 1: Rajastan Royals won by 7 wickets
Match 2: Rajastan Royals won by 65 runs
Although history points to the Rajasthan Royals walking away with this game, I believe that the new look Bangalore Royal Challengers will prove to be too strong on a good Newlands batting track.
Result: Bangalore Royal Challengers to beat Rajasthan Royals