The Royals have the perfect team, filled with both experience and youth. They also have 3 really good all-rounder in Watson, Binny and Faulkner who add to the strength of the team. On the other hand, the Scorchers have been hit by so many injuries that their team is full of youngsters, with the exception of Voges and Katich. They do have some good youngsters, but they just don’t seem good enough for them to make sure they progress in this competition.
The Royals have a pretty strong team, in both the batting department and their bowling looks fresh and strong too. They bat pretty deep till number 9, and also have 7 bowlers who can roll their arm over and that ensures Dravid has enough options throughout the match. The team can do very well with the experience of Dravid, Watson and Tambe, and the youth of Samson, Faulkner, Menaria and Binny. As a unit, particularly when the Royals play in Jaipur, they seem unbeatable and that is a big worry for the Scorchers.
The Perth Scorchers were blown away by the Volts in the last game, and not much is expected out of them this time around either. Cricket is a funny game and surprises do occur, but this one seems unlikely given the fact that the Scorchers are shot of experienced bowlers. If Voges or Katich can step in they might have a slim chance, and they have to capitalize on every small opportunity that the Royals present to them.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, Ashok Menaria, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Vikramjeet Malik, Pravin Tambe.
X-Factor: James Faulkner is one of the best young bowlers in the shortest format of the game. He is a regular wicket taker and at the same time economical at the same time. Faulkner is the go-to man for the captain and whenever he feels the team is in trouble he is the one who would be given the ball. Faulkner is also someone who can bat towards the end of an innings and if needed provide the punch needed to knock out the opposition. He is a class player, and certainly one for the future for both the Royals and Australia.
Scorchers: Liam Davis, Ashton Agar, Simon Katich (c), Adam Voges, Hilton Catwright, Ashton Turner, Tom Triffitt (wk), Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff, Burt Cockley, Michael Beer
X-Factor: Adam Voges is the only established international cricketer, apart from Katich, in this line up. He is the mainstay of the batting line up and might also have to roll his arm over to get a few breakthroughs. He not only has to play well, but has to share his experience and motivate the others in his team to make sure they perform well as an entire unit.
Expected Result: Royals win easily