IPL-7 preview: Rajasthan look to consolidate position against Delhi
Ahmedabad: An out-of-sorts Delhi Daredevils will be aiming to redeem some pride while Rajasthan Royals would look to consolidate their top-four spot in the points table when the two teams clash in an IPL match, here today.
After losing all five matches since the tournament returned to India to be at the bottom of the heap, Delhi now can only play the party-poopers for teams that are fighting hard to be in the play-offs contention.
Rajasthan are placed third in with 12 points but they cannot take their place in the top-four for granted as an interesting battle is on to qualify for the knockouts.
It will be interesting to see if skipper Shane Watson keeps the opening slot with him after a successful experiment in the last match against Chennai Super Kings.
After their miraculous batting effort against RCB, the Australian duo of Steve Smith and James Faulknar will be expected to do an encore. However, Smith is capable of winning matches on his own and now is the time when he needs to make consistent contributions.
On the other side, nothing is working for Daredevils and on Tuesday they were at the receiving end of Yuvraj Singh's stunning return to form as well as the fury of AB de Villiers.
> DD's Quinton de Kock and M Vijay added 33 for the first wicket. Kevin Pietersen got a reprieve when the square-leg umpire did not ask for the third umpire's assistance on a player run-out call. However, Pietersen (14) could not make the most of this chance. Rajasthan clawed back as only 32 runs came in the next six overs
> JP Duminy (39) and Kedar Jadhav (28) lifted the team out of the hole as DD added 58 off the last five overs
> Chasing 153, Karun Nair played second fiddle to Sanju Samson, scoring 29 off the first 30 balls. He stamped his authority after Samson (34) was out, scoring 44 off next the 20 balls. Royals won with 9 balls and 7 wickets to spare