IPL-8: Delhi Daredevils hope to end 10-match losing streak on home turf against RR

New Delhi: Hoping to end their 10-match losing streak in the IPL, Delhi Daredevils will look to turn their fortunes around on home turf when they take on an upbeat Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla here today.

Notwithstanding their one-run opening game loss to Chennai Super Kings, the Jean-Paul Duminy-led side has shown ample courage with their new-look squad in this edition of the cash-rich league.

Yuvraj Singh and JP Duminy
Delhi Daredevils' players Yuvraj Singh and JP Duminy

Even though Delhi batting showed gaping holes in their 151-run chase at Chepauk, Albie Morkel struck an unbeaten 55-ball 73 to take the team to touching distance of a win.

The bowling also showed muscle with new-ball bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile bagging three wickets to check the CSK surge. But the tournament’s biggest buy, Yuvraj Singh will really have to stand up and deliver to give Delhi the much-needed impetus.

The spinners -- Imran Tahir, Duminy and Amit Mishra -- though have bowled with a lot of heart and the trio will once again be looking to turn things around in front of their home crowd.

It will also be interesting to see if veteran pacer Zaheer Khan, who has been struggling with his fitness, takes field.
Having lost nine straight games in the previous edition, Delhi started this season with another defeat but would have taken some heart after giving a tough time to two-time champions CSK.

Pleased with his teams bowling show against MS Dhoni’s side, Duminy said that they will have to asses and maximise player utility. "I was pretty happy with the way we went with the ball. Yes, there is learning. Whether we need to re-shuffle or maximise player potential in batting line-up, we’ll see."

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