Deccan Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and decided to bat first against Rajasthan Royals in the 25th match of the Indian Premier League at St George’s Park.
Kamran Khan sits out as Rajasthan Royals made three changes in their line-up. Shane Harwood, Lee Carseldine and Naman Ojha replaced Rob Quiney, Mahesh Rawat and Kamran Khan.
The Chargers remained unchanged as former captain VVS Laxman is still warming the benches.
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Team Hyderabad have ruthlessly crushed opponents this season, but their four-match winning streak was halted by Delhi Daredevils in their last match on Thursday.
Royals, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold in the tournament and are currently occupying sixth place with five points after two wins.
Royals may not be scorching the turf like last year, but even with a depleted side they have kept themselves alive in the competition.
Deccan Chargers: Adam Gilchrist, Herschelle Gibbs, Azhar Bilakhia, Rohit Sharma, Tirumalsetti Suman, Dwayne Smith, Venugopal Rao, Pragyan Ojha, Shoaib Ahmed, Rudra Pratap Singh, Fidel Edwards.
Rajasthan Royals: Graeme Smith, Swapnil Asnodkar, Ravindra Jadeja, Lee Carseldine, Yusuf Pathan, Naman Ojha(w), Shane Harwood, Shane Warne, Munaf Patel, Abhishek Raut, Siddharth Trivedi.