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

Second straight slippery skin for Royals


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.


"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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  • Rakesh on May 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 7:57 GMT

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

  • Satish 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...

  • ttn 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

  • 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.

  • Yasin 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.

  • Suresh 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Suchith 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)

  • Dinuka 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...