Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Jaipur

Rajasthan look to erase Kotla choke

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April 30, 2012

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Match facts

May 1, 2012, Jaipur
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)


Ajinkya Rahane drives during his half-century, Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, Delhi, April 29, 2012
Royals are back at their fortress, where they have a 100% record against Daredevils © AFP
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Rajasthan Royals will still be wondering how they botched the chase against Delhi Daredevils two days back. With 15 needed off 12 balls, with nine wickets in hand, you would back yourself for a comfortable chase. Yet, what ensued reiterated the theory that all it takes is one good over to tilt the scales in Twenty20s. Leave too much to the end, and the joke's on you. Royals have a chance to set things right against the same opponent, in their Jaipur fortress. They will be boosted by the arrival from the West Indies of the Australian Shane Watson, who will have to conquer jet-lag first, and Morne Morkel next. If Watson does play straightaway, the question is who will make way - either Brad Hodge or Owais Shah. Three consecutive defeats will be at the back of their minds when they take on the in-form Daredevils.

With 14 points, Daredevils are still on top. Should they lose, they will remain in that position. Luck's going their way and their season has been a marked improvement from last year. This will be Kevin Pietersen's last game before he flies back home and his presence as an impact player will be missed. A big plus for Daredevils is the contribution of two low-profile Indian players - Shahbaz Nadeem and Yogesh Nagar. Nagar was the unsung hero of the previous game, making the most of the final over to give the score some respectability.

Form guide

(most recent first)

Delhi Daredevils: WWWLW
Rajasthan Royals: LLLWW

Players to watch

Though Morkel's tight penultimate over in the chase hogged the attention, Umesh Yadav's effort in the final over cannot be ignored. Though he had 12 to defend, he was parsimonious in his first three deliveries, giving away only two runs. A freak six by Ajinkya Rahane nearly overshadowed his efforts, but Yadav held his nerve for the final ball, beating the well-set Rahane for pace.

Royals' Amit Singh picked up two wickets, but was the most expensive bowler at the Kotla, giving 41 runs. Twenty of those came off his final over, the last of the innings, which made the difference in the final analysis. If Siddharth Trivedi returns, Amit Singh's place could be in trouble.

Stats and trivia

  • Royals and Daredevils have played each other twice at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Royals won both games.

  • Daredevils run-rate in the last six overs stands at 9.15, while their bowlers concede 8.11 per over in the last six.

    Quotes

    "We probably bowled the best of any teams against Delhi, who have such a formidable batting line-up."
    Rahul Dravid finds positives in defeat

    "Great spirit shown by the team. Brilliant stuff from Morne. Must have been heartbreaking for Ajinkya though."
    Virender Sehwag tweets after Daredevils' surprise win

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Watson is gonna Rock jaipur and DD of der grund 2day......

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Dnt knw why Sreesanth is out of XI...i agree smtimes he is expensive but he is far better thn Amit,Pankaj nd Sid Trivedi....RR has a death bowling prblm nd Sree can be very lethal on his day....Also hoping to c Watson bck in business....RR will win nd will surely make to playoffs...gud prediction..hmm!!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 1, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

DD's batting might fail once. Not twice. RR missed a golden opportunity at Kotla when DD made a par to below par score. I want RR to win today but I think DD is going to win again. :-(

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

being a DD fan !! i want to see Russell in d Squad instead of Ross Taylor(he is a waste player)......DD:Shewag,,KP,Mahela,Irfan,Ojha,Yogesh,Andre Russel,Morne Morkel,Shahbaz Nadeem,Umesh Yadav and unmukt chand

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Being a DD fan, I hope RR win tonight. :) Despite being MINNOWS they have played really well in this tournament but unfortunately couldn't finish the match. Love u Dravid and Rahane. Go and beat DD. :)

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Glory Glory Delhi Dare Devils :) !!

Posted by Charindra on (May 1, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

I always believed that Dravid was hurting RR's chances by being slow at the top. Him and Rahane as a combination is slow, and although Dravid has hit many boundaries, he has also played the highest number of dot balls this season. That cost them the last game, and indirectly at least 2 other games. I have huge respect for a legend like Dravid and hope he demotes himself in the batting order. If Hodge had been opening RR would have been in the semi finals now. But now that Watson's back, he can open with Rahane.

Posted by Nair_saab on (May 1, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

Watson should bat only as 1st down if he is available & cooper has to sit out (i think hes got an injury).Given the form of Amit singh ,Sreeshant ,if he is fit should be given a chance (high risk but y not take a chance).Even though I am from delhi I'll support rajastan today coz a rajastan win will make the tournament more interesting.IPL rocks.

Posted by prakhar24 on (May 1, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Amit Singh should not be in RR team because he is very expensive till now. I think his last over and umpire's bad decision costs RR one run defeat.

Posted by sam153 on (May 1, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

i heard that cooper is injured with a fractured leg so might see shane watson straight away.........does anyone know when did shane watson arrive in india?

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