Rajasthan v Delhi, IPL 2011, Jaipur April 11, 2011

Delhi face buoyant Rajasthan


Match facts

Tuesday, April 12
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big picture

Delhi Daredevils were among the pre-tournament favourites in each of the first three seasons of the IPL. They also began each of the first three seasons with victories. This time, though, they have been questions over the strength of their squad, and they started with a big defeat to Mumbai Indians. The only plus from their opening game was the middle-order batting of Venugopal Rao and Naman Ojha; the pair put up some resistance after the crowd-pullers at the top had flopped.

On Tuesday, Delhi come up against an opponent who seemed to have the weakest team on paper, especially in the absence of Shane Watson, who is away in Bangladesh where he broke the record for hitting the most sixes in a one-day innings.

As usual, in their opening game against Deccan Chargers, Rajasthan relied on their low-profile Indian players to provide solid performances. Amit Singh and Siddharth Trivedi delivered, taking three wickets apiece, while Shane Warne showed little sign of being away from cricket for a year with an accurate spell of legspin bowling, which fetched him two wickets.

Team talk

Rajasthan have one injury worry ahead of the game: Jacob Oram has picked up a groin injury, and a decision on including him will be taken only on Tuesday morning. Their opener Amit Paunikar had a difficult time against the Deccan Chargers quick bowlers, and Rajasthan may be tempted to pick Swapnil Asnodkar in his place.

Lasith Malinga's electric display put Delhi out of the game so early that little can be gauged about their players from the performance on Sunday. They may be tempted to retain the same XI for Tuesday's match.

In the spotlight

Irfan Pathan played his first match in a year on Sunday, and showed signs of getting the ball to move back into the right-hand batsmen. It's a skill which he will need to show on a consistent basis if he is to entertain thoughts of making a national comeback.

Till the arrival of Shane Watson, the man Rajasthan will look to for the big hits will be Ross Taylor. He has shown how destructive he can be recently, during his demolition of Pakistan's bowling in the World Cup, but has proved to be extremely inconsistent.

Prime numbers

  • James Hopes, who is one of Delhi's overseas players, has the sixth highest strike-rate in IPLs: 149.32
  • Virender Sehwag is only 21 short of reaching 1000 IPL runs. Rahul Dravid doesn't get much credit for his Twenty20 batting, but he too is closing in on the 1000-run mark, just 53 behind Sehwag.

The chatter

"They have some very good batsmen in Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Aaron Finch who are capable of wresting the match away from us. But we want to concentrate on our strengths rather than worrying about the things which we can't control."
Johan Botha knows who Delhi's key players are

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • symsun on April 12, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Seeing Sehwag leading the team against MI and his careless attitude.. I thank Indian selectors that they shud never ask Sehwag to lead India in any form of cricket. If not Dhoni, it shud be Kohli (offcourse too young but very matured and sensible person) or Gambhir.. Cant find any other cool guy in our current Indian squad..

  • dummy4fb on April 12, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Rahul Dravid Swapnil AsnodkarStuart Binny Amit Paunikar Johan Botha Amit Singh may struggle Ashok Menaria Jacob Oram may be average or better Shane Warne may struggle

    DELHI DARE DEVILS Sehwag Irfan Pathan Morne Morkel 2 of these to play very well today Naman Ojha Umesh Yadav both of them show improvement in today's match Substantial Improvement in DDD today.

  • docarun on April 12, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    RR will be the team to lookout for....they have very rarely allowed the opponents to cross 140 run mark...its just their batting which has not been able to cope up..with ross taylor,dravid and watson..they r going to b great.. P.S. :i m dying to see DEEPAK CHAHAR in action..that is a promising young gun..he made rajasthan win ranji..plz includ him warnie..

  • jorock on April 12, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    My team for R.R today will be Asnodkar,Rahane,Dravid,Botha,taylor,Menaria,Pinal Shah,Warne,Pankag Singh,Trivedi,Tait.I beleive this team have the batting power as well as bowling . Come on ..... RR . My team for ipl 4 are R.R & KTK

  • Mumbaikar2011 on April 12, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Rajastan will win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on April 12, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    I am looking forward for a great performance from Rajasthan royals and Rahul Dravid..they are the coolest side in the tournament..yup..RRRR..Rajasthan royals and Rahul Rocks!!!

  • Suryank on April 12, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Veeru please be sensible and try to score big...as if now your team has become weak since the departure of Gambhir and Dilshan... So if you stay till 18th over also and play your normal game...you can put up a big score or you can chase morderate scores also, Try Varun Aron for fast bowling , he is fast and furious.

    Suresh Kulkarni, Dubai UAE

  • anshu.s on April 12, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    I am looking foreward to see U.Chand n Ashok Maneria play n perform well,they are talented u-19 players.

  • avani on April 12, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Delhi are as careless as their skipper. Sehwag needs to come out of his easy going altitude. He should play sensibly and put up good score as opener. Dashing doesnt mean you lift every ball to sky. Especially when you are there as a opener.

  • binu.emiliya on April 12, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Delhi 11 should be like this Sewag,Warner,N Ojha,Finch,Venugopal,Yogesh NAgar,Hopes,Irfan Pathan,Shabaz Nadeem,VArun Aaron,Morne Morkal.

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