The Delhi Daredevils (DD) will take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the sixth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. Though it’s a home game for the Daredevils, it is not the only factor to consider in what is expected to be an evenly-matched contest. IPL 2015: Schedule with venue details
In their opening game of the ongoing edition of the IPL, DD came excruciatingly close to sealing a victory against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). On the back of a brilliant performance by Albie Morkel they almost sealed victory in their chase of 151, with the South African pacer scoring only four runs off the last delivery in which they needed six to win. Read: Chennai Super Kings edge Delhi Daredevils by 1 run.
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.
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.(Where Will Yuvraj Bat?)
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(Albie Morkel Becomes World’s Most-Capped T20 Player)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 in the Sunday clash.(Punjab, Rajasthan Pay Tribute to Benaud).Indian talent Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni and Stuart Binny also give muscle to a side that has a fighting character.The two sides will be playing their first day-game of the competition tomorrow and it will be interesting to see how the foreign players adapt to the hot conditions here.Rajasthan enjoy a better head-to-head count with eight wins off the 14 games between the two sides, but Delhi on their home turn would certainly look for a change of fortune.With the exception of Morkel, Delhi’s batting put up an abysmal show, which reflects in the fact that nine wickets fell in the chase. Kedar Jadhav was the only other batsman to reach the 20-run mark. However, their bowling attack fared very well. Nathan Coulter-Nile conceded 30 runs in his four overs and bagged three wickets. Dominic Joseph Muthuswamy, Imran Tahir and Amit Mishra also bowled economical spells and chipped in with a wicket each.
The Rajasthan Royals (RR), on the other hand, eased to 26-run victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their opening game thanks to an all-round performance from the team. The Royals had a horrendous top-order performance with openers Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson falling for a duck and five runs respectively. Karun Nair then got out for eight runs. In the top order, only Steven Smith – the stand-in captain – did well scoring 33 runs. Read: Rajasthan Royals defeat Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs
It was the lower middle order that rescued the Royals from a seemingly difficult position of 75 for five. Deepak Hooda smashed an invaluable 30 runs of 15 balls, while James Faulkner scored a more measured 46 of 33 balls to again show his value as an extra-ordinary Twenty20 player. The effort took RR to a total of 162, which was always going to be tough on a green top.