Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Jaipur May 6, 2013

Second straight slippery skin for Royals

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Match facts

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

For the second game in a row, Rajasthan Royals run into a kamikaze side. Like Pune Warriors, Delhi Daredevils are going down too, but hold potential notoriety to take a team or two down with them. Given the nature of the format, it doesn't take much to cause an upset: all it needs is for one of Daredevils' big payers - now without the pressure of much to lose - to have a big day, and it could cost Royals a chance to progress further.

Even against Warriors, a side that has been struggling through the tournament, Royals - now tied on second spot with three other teams with five matches to go - took some time to recover from the Warriors onslaught that came from the freedom that comes with the knowledge you have nothing left to lose. If anything, Daredevils hold a bigger threat. To make the pressure worse for Royals, Daredevils have almost been free points for most of their rivals in the top half of the table.

With just six points from 11 games, Daredevils might not have been knocked out yet, but they are down for the count, and will do well to play assuming they are out. That freedom, along with quality, has been missing in their play this year.

Form guide

Rajasthan Royals WLWWL
Delhi Daredevils LWWLW

Watch out for...

Not only has Mahela Jayawardene been failing with the bat, his selection of XIs and strategy have raised eyebrows too. His preference for Jeevan Mendis and Ben Rohrer to Roelof van der Merwe has been as criticised by pundits as has been his use of David Warner in the middle order. In Twenty20 cricket, you need to have your only in-form batsman face as many balls as possible, especially if he is a batsman who struggles against spin.

Even Morne Morkel, an impact bowler, has played only six games out of 11.

Rahul Dravid, on the other hand, has had it good with both the bat and captaincy moves. He has batted responsibly, used his impact player Shane Watson smartly and variously, and his opposition can't plan beforehand for a certain set of opening batsmen or bowlers.

Stats and trivia

  • Apart from Chennai Super Kings, Royals are the only side that have three batsmen with more than 300 runs to their name in this IPL: Watson, Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane.
  • None of the four teams tied at second spot with 14 points - Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad - has lost a game at home.
  • Daredevils are the only team to have been bowled out twice for less than 100.

Quotes

"We are not thinking too far ahead. We just want to play one game at a time. We are playing against Delhi. We all know they are a strong side."
Rajasthan Royals' Ajinkya Rahane keeps it in the right areas

"I am really looking forward to playing in the Champions Trophy. At the moment I would love to finish the IPL on a high as well."
Daredevils' Irfan Pathan has better tidings waiting

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • latecut_04 on May 7, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    its heartening to read all the messages (and there are quite a lot of them)supporting RR aka Dravid.Almost all of them have an unmistakable affection towards the greatest servant to Indian cricket.We always say that Dravid never got his due..(I for one alwasy used to believe so..)perhaps we were wrong and his supporters like himself are silent and dignified..HallaBol!!!!!

  • Haleos on May 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Jayawardene should be dropped just like Sanga n Mattews. He looks clueless.

  • on May 7, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Happy for Rahul's performance both as a captain and a batsman.... Way to go RD :)

  • satish.n on May 7, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    RR should make some changes as it is the business end of the tournament. As most of you have said, Chandila and Cooper should be dropped and for god sake drop Trivedi as well. He might get a wicket or two (rarely) but he is no fun to watch. His body language is pathetic and one of the worst fielders on display... guy doesn't even field of his own bowling, which in itself doesn't has pace or variations except for batsmen to get tired of the slow deliveries and sacrifice their wickets. Bring in Edwards for Cooper, Shukla for Trivedi and Harmeet singh/ Chavan/ Sreesanth for Chandila. Time to move to the second spot...Go RR Go...

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 7, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Their is no hunger in the DD. Bring Naman Ojha for Jadhav, he looks hungry and determined. Merve for Mendis, Morkel for Botha. Drop Nehra. Nothing much you can do with a lazy side.

    1.D Warner 2. V Sehwag 3.M Jayawardene 4.U Chand 5. N Ojha 6.Y Nagar 7. R V Merve 8.I Pathan 9. P Negi 10. M Morkel 11.U Yadhav

  • Qa_ankit on May 7, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    I feel if a track is good bouncy spongy, then edwards should play. Also agree with other comments for not to playing Tait. Its a toss, your win or loss depends on luck. So my only change can be Edwards in for cooper. To be very frank, cooper is descent bowler and has won matches for RR. But as a batsman i still have a doubt. Like the way he slogs, it seems like either its gonna be on Hawa Mahal, Jaipur or on stumps. lolz. So if we want to have a bowler only, then lets go for Edwards. He is good accurate fast bowler who can hit the deck hard. Also Carrabian replacement will be better to add a flavor. But rest of the team can be same. Again today, looking for three bunnies in RR. Binny, Baby, Samson.

  • Yasin123Patel on May 7, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    chandila, and chavan both r very costly. Actualy chavan leaked too many in match against kolkata. So they need badree in place of cooper and sree should play in place of chandila. Sreesanth may very effective at green top wicket of jaipur. RR need to win this one badly because after that one there r very tricky matches : CSK(jaipur), K11p (mohali), SH(heyd), MI(mumbai). All r very tricky.

  • sureshpal007 on May 7, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Weldone RR, Rahul Dravid are doing well work as a Batman & Captain, I think that RR should not more change in our winning Combination, If RR should change two player in our team its player is Trivedi & Cooper RR Should include Srisanth & Fideal Advets instead of Trivedi & Cooper, Rahul Dravid better use of our Batting Order in last game, Rravid should not change its Batting order .... Dravid, Rahane, Wattson, Hodge, Binny, Samson, Sachin Beddy, Faulker, Fiedel Adverts, Chandela, Srisanth...............Good luck RR Halla Bol

  • on May 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    being a die hard RR fan I would luv to see kusal perera ( only leftie) in this match in order to strengthen their batting up the order which will minimise the workload of watto. hodge shud bowl just to keep warner in check . bring in ankit chavan or samuel badree in the place of cooper. no more chandila plz. dravid shud plan well for warner the only inform DD player.

  • Suchith007 on May 7, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Its high time to bring on fidel edwards in place of cooper who cannot be reliable with ball or bat, and if it is to keep the winning combination and said that edwards havent played for quite a while, then its ok, as we have seen in case of hogg who was not able to pitch the ball..... My XI will be Dravid, Watson, Rahane, Hodge, Samson, Binny, Sachin Baby(picked because he can bowl too.... right arm spin), Faulkner, Edwards/Badree, Trivedi/Shukla, Chavan(for his left arm spin)

  • latecut_04 on May 7, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    its heartening to read all the messages (and there are quite a lot of them)supporting RR aka Dravid.Almost all of them have an unmistakable affection towards the greatest servant to Indian cricket.We always say that Dravid never got his due..(I for one alwasy used to believe so..)perhaps we were wrong and his supporters like himself are silent and dignified..HallaBol!!!!!

  • Haleos on May 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Jayawardene should be dropped just like Sanga n Mattews. He looks clueless.

  • on May 7, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Happy for Rahul's performance both as a captain and a batsman.... Way to go RD :)

  • satish.n on May 7, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    RR should make some changes as it is the business end of the tournament. As most of you have said, Chandila and Cooper should be dropped and for god sake drop Trivedi as well. He might get a wicket or two (rarely) but he is no fun to watch. His body language is pathetic and one of the worst fielders on display... guy doesn't even field of his own bowling, which in itself doesn't has pace or variations except for batsmen to get tired of the slow deliveries and sacrifice their wickets. Bring in Edwards for Cooper, Shukla for Trivedi and Harmeet singh/ Chavan/ Sreesanth for Chandila. Time to move to the second spot...Go RR Go...

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 7, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Their is no hunger in the DD. Bring Naman Ojha for Jadhav, he looks hungry and determined. Merve for Mendis, Morkel for Botha. Drop Nehra. Nothing much you can do with a lazy side.

    1.D Warner 2. V Sehwag 3.M Jayawardene 4.U Chand 5. N Ojha 6.Y Nagar 7. R V Merve 8.I Pathan 9. P Negi 10. M Morkel 11.U Yadhav

  • Qa_ankit on May 7, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    I feel if a track is good bouncy spongy, then edwards should play. Also agree with other comments for not to playing Tait. Its a toss, your win or loss depends on luck. So my only change can be Edwards in for cooper. To be very frank, cooper is descent bowler and has won matches for RR. But as a batsman i still have a doubt. Like the way he slogs, it seems like either its gonna be on Hawa Mahal, Jaipur or on stumps. lolz. So if we want to have a bowler only, then lets go for Edwards. He is good accurate fast bowler who can hit the deck hard. Also Carrabian replacement will be better to add a flavor. But rest of the team can be same. Again today, looking for three bunnies in RR. Binny, Baby, Samson.

  • Yasin123Patel on May 7, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    chandila, and chavan both r very costly. Actualy chavan leaked too many in match against kolkata. So they need badree in place of cooper and sree should play in place of chandila. Sreesanth may very effective at green top wicket of jaipur. RR need to win this one badly because after that one there r very tricky matches : CSK(jaipur), K11p (mohali), SH(heyd), MI(mumbai). All r very tricky.

  • sureshpal007 on May 7, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Weldone RR, Rahul Dravid are doing well work as a Batman & Captain, I think that RR should not more change in our winning Combination, If RR should change two player in our team its player is Trivedi & Cooper RR Should include Srisanth & Fideal Advets instead of Trivedi & Cooper, Rahul Dravid better use of our Batting Order in last game, Rravid should not change its Batting order .... Dravid, Rahane, Wattson, Hodge, Binny, Samson, Sachin Beddy, Faulker, Fiedel Adverts, Chandela, Srisanth...............Good luck RR Halla Bol

  • on May 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    being a die hard RR fan I would luv to see kusal perera ( only leftie) in this match in order to strengthen their batting up the order which will minimise the workload of watto. hodge shud bowl just to keep warner in check . bring in ankit chavan or samuel badree in the place of cooper. no more chandila plz. dravid shud plan well for warner the only inform DD player.

  • Suchith007 on May 7, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Its high time to bring on fidel edwards in place of cooper who cannot be reliable with ball or bat, and if it is to keep the winning combination and said that edwards havent played for quite a while, then its ok, as we have seen in case of hogg who was not able to pitch the ball..... My XI will be Dravid, Watson, Rahane, Hodge, Samson, Binny, Sachin Baby(picked because he can bowl too.... right arm spin), Faulkner, Edwards/Badree, Trivedi/Shukla, Chavan(for his left arm spin)

  • Lankan_Pride07 on May 7, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    I've been thoroughly disappointed with the performances of the DD. The main fallout point for them is the lack of form and star quality in their foreign players. Mahela has been woeful, but he cant drop himself like Ponting, Sanga and Angelo did because the replacements are not upto the mark. Mahela opens the batting only to shy away from responsibility which he shouldn't. I actually do not know much about the current form of the players in the Indian Domestic circuit, but i believe that they have underutilized good experienced players such as Venu Gopal Rao and Naman Ojah. The perfect team right now for them biased on the available squad would be 1. Viru 2. N Ojah (wk) 3. U. Chand 4. D Warner 5. M Jay 6. V Rao 7. I Pathan 8 Botha/ J Mendis 9. Mokel 10. S. Nadeem 11. U Yadave. I hope ya'll agree!! Cheers...

  • bbnn on May 7, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    What Johan Botha is doing in the DD team? DD lost all their matches Botha played and DD is thinking he is a good batsman! Andre Russel will be a better option than Botha.Mahela,Warner,Russel & Morkel is their best forign players.If they include Russel,they can avoid Nehra and include Yogesh Nagar/VenuGopal Rao/Naman Ohja,Very bad team managemnet from DD,Powen Negi also deserving a chance.DD should atleast include their local players like Milind Kumar a good middle order batsman and Varun Sood a good legbreak bowler,In this IPL leggies are doing good.

  • 504429641 on May 7, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @latecut_04: spot on dude. even i have always believed Dravid has not got his due. Being silent and dignified myself :), most of his supporters are also silent and dignified i guess. after my home team (SRH), my support is (and always will be) for 'The great wall of India', Rahul Dravid.

  • on May 7, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    all the best RD. God Bless U. from a loyal Dravid fan

  • TeamRocker on May 7, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    If RR can win this game, they'll be in a pretty good position to reach the playoffs (1 out of 4). It's crucial that they don't lose to Delhi in a home game, as the rest of their matches might prove tricky. So they need to get the right squad in. IMO, Chandila needs to go. Bring in Sreesanth. Either Edwards or Tait need to come in for Cooper. Binny should be given a couple of overs upfront, he swings the ball really well.

  • zaksy on May 7, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    DD should be playing rohrer today if he comes back frm Australia because its give freeness to top order & they can all comes good on SMS track Morne should also be there in the XI for the rest of IPL as far as spin dept. concrned they can afford nadeem & negi can play in Delhi or in pune sits nehra out whn more spin require Hopefully DD can spoil RR party today

  • on May 7, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    I am actually happy that KXIP beat RCB yesterday for two reasons- A. Its time for Royals to beat DD and dislodge RCB from 2nd spot and send some jitters down their spine. B. Miller was looking itchy to play spoilsport for some team. For past 3-4 matches, it looked as if he is primed to play a single handed match winning knock but somehow couldn't take KXIP past the finish line. Now that he has done it against RCB, and he might be mentally exhausted if not physically, the law of averages say that he might not play a similar innings againt RR on Friday, which is a good thing for RR.

  • Romenevans on May 7, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    No tait and Owais Shah for god sake please. Tait has lost his radar and usually end up playing in favor of the batting side with his wides and Owais plays like 10 days test match is going on. Owais played a good inning in last year's IPl against MI, apart from that he has done nothing. So no more Tait, Owais and Chandila.

  • satishchandar on May 7, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Personally i would like RR to play same 11 and may be, drop Chandila and bring in Sreesanth if the track is bouncy.. No more Tait please.. He is usually a make or break bowler who is in break mode consistently now.. Plus, you can't have two heavily volatile Sreesanth and Tait in the same 11 any day.. It might be a match donating affair.. May give it a try for Edwards but certainly no Tait.. Rest 10 pick themselves for RR which is a very good sign..

  • Jangali_Maanab on May 7, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Sehwag should fire at the top, for Delhi to win the remaining of their matches. All cricketing fans know what he is capable of. It is treat to watch when he does so.

  • Nike_007 on May 7, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    I will propose 2 changes in RR playing XI from last match. Drop Chandila and Cooper and get Ankit Chavan and Fidel Advards.

    I think Teams have now understood Chandila's bowling and hitting him easily since he is not a big turner. Also Adwards on the place of Cooper makes sense as the later is struggling.

  • Romenevans on May 7, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Cooper can be dropped for this match and get fidel edwords in. Delhi plays spinners well, so we need to drop chandila and play another Indian batsman. Chandila has been awful in last 2-3 games and he don't even complete his 4 overs, then whats the point? Watto, Faulkner, Trivedi, Edwords, and Stuart Binny they can all bowl their 4 overs and that will give us another batsman option and probably a good fielder too, because cooper and chandila both are sloppy and slow in the field. Go RR, Halla Bol!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 6, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Cooper needs to go out. Fidel or Tait should come in. Probably Sree for Trivedi. If the pitch is bouncy then Sree comes in for Chandila and Trivedi keeps his spot. All set. Halla Bol Halla Bol.......

  • on May 6, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    I think Binny can bowl in the power plays since he swings the ball. But he shouldn't bowl at the death since his good length deliveries can be expensive at death. Sreesanth/Tait & spinners can bowl between overs 7-15.

  • on May 6, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    i like it commments of slesh enery thing is posible love and ipl ya ipl ha bos 3;30 entertainment k a don today is the day of dd all the way and second match belongs to kkr

  • on May 6, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    though delhi has lost its oppurtunities to play offs but it can twists for top 4 for playoffs my x1 for delhi- seh,jaya,warn,irfan,chand,morne,yadav,naman,vandermerve,nadeem,ajit........

  • on May 6, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    DD.. disappointment this year..

  • on May 6, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    RR needs to have some more quality bowling resources in their eleven - Sreesanth or Tait. Also the left arm spinner Ankit Chavan instead of Chandila. I think RR batting with Watson, Samson, Rahane, Dravid, Binny, Shah, Hodge looks very powerful.

  • raredreams on May 6, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Hope For another Great KNock By RD & Watto comes in Party :)

  • Slesh on May 6, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Here! what if RR and MI each win only 1 out of their remaining 5 matches? and what if DD wins their remaining 5 matches? then 3 teams would level with 16 points and DD still have a outside chance to qualify!! (well given the team DD has its not impossible) but yeah this scenario is highly unlikely to happen.just a possibility which came into my mind...w'll see how the game goes.

  • Slesh on May 6, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Here! what if RR and MI each win only 1 out of their remaining 5 matches? and what if DD wins their remaining 5 matches? then 3 teams would level with 16 points and DD still have a outside chance to qualify!! (well given the team DD has its not impossible) but yeah this scenario is highly unlikely to happen.just a possibility which came into my mind...w'll see how the game goes.

  • raredreams on May 6, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Hope For another Great KNock By RD & Watto comes in Party :)

  • on May 6, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    RR needs to have some more quality bowling resources in their eleven - Sreesanth or Tait. Also the left arm spinner Ankit Chavan instead of Chandila. I think RR batting with Watson, Samson, Rahane, Dravid, Binny, Shah, Hodge looks very powerful.

  • on May 6, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    DD.. disappointment this year..

  • on May 6, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    though delhi has lost its oppurtunities to play offs but it can twists for top 4 for playoffs my x1 for delhi- seh,jaya,warn,irfan,chand,morne,yadav,naman,vandermerve,nadeem,ajit........

  • on May 6, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    i like it commments of slesh enery thing is posible love and ipl ya ipl ha bos 3;30 entertainment k a don today is the day of dd all the way and second match belongs to kkr

  • on May 6, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    I think Binny can bowl in the power plays since he swings the ball. But he shouldn't bowl at the death since his good length deliveries can be expensive at death. Sreesanth/Tait & spinners can bowl between overs 7-15.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 6, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Cooper needs to go out. Fidel or Tait should come in. Probably Sree for Trivedi. If the pitch is bouncy then Sree comes in for Chandila and Trivedi keeps his spot. All set. Halla Bol Halla Bol.......

  • Romenevans on May 7, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Cooper can be dropped for this match and get fidel edwords in. Delhi plays spinners well, so we need to drop chandila and play another Indian batsman. Chandila has been awful in last 2-3 games and he don't even complete his 4 overs, then whats the point? Watto, Faulkner, Trivedi, Edwords, and Stuart Binny they can all bowl their 4 overs and that will give us another batsman option and probably a good fielder too, because cooper and chandila both are sloppy and slow in the field. Go RR, Halla Bol!

  • Nike_007 on May 7, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    I will propose 2 changes in RR playing XI from last match. Drop Chandila and Cooper and get Ankit Chavan and Fidel Advards.

    I think Teams have now understood Chandila's bowling and hitting him easily since he is not a big turner. Also Adwards on the place of Cooper makes sense as the later is struggling.