We need to win away matches: Dravid

Apr 22, 2013, 09:26 IST | Agencies

Following Rajasthan Royals' seven-wicket loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday, Rahul Dravid said they were keen to improve their away record in the league

“In terms of winning away games, I think it is going to be important as the tournament goes on. We have played very well at home by winning all three games. 

We have won a game away but lost two,” Dravid said ahead of their clash against Chennai Super Kings. “It is a long tournament. We still haven’t played our best cricket and hopefully we can do that. One of the good thing about our team which I like is that we got the balance which allows us to play better away from home and that is the reason why I am a little more confident,” the Royals skipper added.

Dravid said they needed one of the batters to play a big innings which hasn’t happened so far.

“We did put up a really good batting performance against Mumbai Indians a few days ago. Now, how we bounce back is going to be important for us,” he said.

Dhoni’s wishlist
>> He continues to bat the way he has been
>> Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliant form continues
>> Mike Hussey anchors the innings
>> Fast bowlers make early inroads
>> Shane Watson’s poor run continues

Dravid’s wishlist
>> Watson provides a flying start
>> Brad Hodge plays a cameo
>> He bats through the innings
>> Batters put up an improved show
>> Shaun Tait bowls a tight line 

When they last met... Chennai had it easy
Chennai Super Kings humbled Rajasthan Royals in their own den when the two teams locked horns last time on May 10, 2012.

CSK bowlers justified the decision to field by putting up a disciplined show and did not allow their batsmen to get off the hook.

Rajasthan could only manage 126 runs with Australian Brad Hodge (33) being the only notable contributor. Aussie pacer Ben Hilfenhaus was the star of the show bagging two wickets giving away mere eight runs.

In reply, CSK kept losing wickets but 126 proved to be too small and in the end they got over the line comfortably with 11 balls to spare and four wickets in hand. 

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