Saturday New Delhi, May 2 UNI | 3 months ago

After a topsy-turvy run in the UAE, Delhi Daredevils (DD) will be aiming to cash on the home advantage when they take a resurgent Rajasthan Royals' (RR) in an IPL-7 match at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium here tomorrow. The Kevin Pietersen-led side won just two out of their five encounters in the first leg of the cash-rich IPL 7 while the Royals have once again displayed their potential with three wins.

Both the teams, however, will take a lot of confidence from their comprehensive victories in their last match of the UAE leg. While Delhi notched up a six-wicket win over Mumbai last Sunday, Rajasthan showed nerves of steel to edge out Kolkata via the Super over and the two teams will look to outwit each other tomorrow.

For Delhi, J P Duminy and Murali Vijay have been among the runs, while Dinesh Karthik too has a half-century to show. But a lot will be expected from the rest of the batsmen such as opener Quinton de Kock, Ross Taylor and captain Kevin Pietersen. For the bowlers, pacer Jaydev Unadkat and spinner Shahbaz Nadeem have taken six and four wickets respectively so far but the Daredevils will need other bowlers to fire as well. Pietersen will want their pacers Mohammad Shami and Wayne Parnell to step up their performance but Delhi also needs someone to support Nadeem at the spin department, considering the fact that Duminy has not been successful with his off-breaks. The Shane Watson-led side, on the other hand, are on a roll with back-to-back victories and they would look to keep their momentum going against the hosts.

Ajinkya Rahane has been rock solid at the top but he needs a good opening partner to give Rajasthan a good start. The Royals have experimented with Abhishek Nayar and K Nair but both the batsmen have been a failure. Sanju Samson and Watson have provided support in the middle-order but they need to be more consistent.

The bowlers have done well with veteran spinner Pravin Tambe and seamer Kane Richardson been among wickets. Senior all-rounder Rajat Bhatia too has stuck to his role of containing the rival batsmen in the middle overs, while James Faulkner also shone with three wickets in a single over against Kolkata in their last match. Squads: Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen (C), MA Agarwal, NM Coulter-Nile, Q de Kock, JP Duminy, KM Jadhav, KD Karthik?, S Kaul, Milind Kumar, Mohammed Shami, S Nadeem, JDS Neesham, WD Parnell, HS Sharath, R Sharma, LR Shukla, R Shukla, LRPL Taylor, MK Tiwary, SS Tiwary, JD Unadkat, M Vijay, J Yadav. Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Ankush Bains, Vikramjeet Malik, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Deepak Hooda, Rajat Bhatia, Kevon Cooper, Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe, Karun Nair, Dishant Yagnik.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)