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Rajasthan Royals meet table-toppers Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 28 April 2012
Match 39 of DLF IPL 2012 will see table-toppers Delhi Daredevils play host to the Rajasthan Royals.
The Delhi Daredevils are on a roll; they’ve won six out of their eight matches, and each of those wins has been by convincing. They possess the best batting line-up in the competition, they have a very potent fast bowling attack, and the emergence of Shahbaz Nadeem has meant that they now have a well-rounded bowling line-up too.
The Rajasthan Royals have generally punched above their weight and have made a contest of almost every one of their matches. Rahul Dravid’s team has been on the receiving end in their last two matches against the Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Royals will want to return to the form that saw them top the table some time ago.
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
There are few cricketers in the world who can demolish bowling attacks single-handedly, and DD will consider themselves blessed in that they have two of them in their line-up. Skipper Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen have been almost unstoppable this season. While KP has been in overdrive mode almost every time he has walked out to bat, his skipper has shown the inclination to spend time out in the middle, size up the opponent and then open his shoulders.
No bowler has caused more damage in IPL 2012 than Delhi Daredevils’ Morne Morkel. Though the South African (who has 17 wickets) has a significant lead over the next-best bowler in IPL 2012, he will try to add a few more wickets to his tally to hold on to the Purple Cap at the end of the tournament.
Ajinkya Rahane (Orange Cap holder), Rahul Dravid and Owais Shah have contributed more than two-thirds of the runs scored by RR so far. Therefore, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that they are the pillars of Rajasthan Royals’ success thus far. While Rahane and Dravid have given their team good starts on almost every occasion, Shah has played those “impact” cameos, which have put matches beyond the reach of their opponents. Expect them to use the same formula against DD. Previous Meetings
The Delhi Daredevils and the Rajasthan Royals have successfully defended their home territory in matches against each other; DD have beaten RR twice at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, while RR have a 100 percent record in their two matches against DD at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Ojha, Russell talk about Delhi Daredevils’ good run in IPL 2012
By IPL Staff
New Delhi 28 April 2012
After beating the mighty Mumbai Indians yesterday, the Delhi Daredevils will take on the Rajasthan Royals tomorrow. They will be hoping to secure another win and strengthen their position in the league table. Ahead of the match, wicketkeeper Naman Ojha and Andre Russell spoke about their team and what sharing the dressing room with great players like Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene has taught them. Excerpts from their press-conference:
On whether their position seems a little secure Naman Ojha: We are just concentrating on our next match against Rajasthan Royals tomorrow and not thinking ahead too much.
On being an opener but having to play lower down the order Naman Ojha: It is the requirement of the team that I play lower down the order. So, I am trying to play as well as I can in the few overs that I get to bat and contribute as well as I can towards a victory. On playing in the IPL
Andre Russell: I am happy to be here. I am excited about the games I have been watching from the sidelines. I am positive and confident of the guys and am waiting to get my chance. But at the moment, we have a very good team [...]. I am hoping to get a chance and make use [of the opportunity I get] whenever that happens.
On David Warner coming into the side Andre Russell: [It’s good] with Warner coming in to the side I think. Warner is a batsman and KP [Kevin Petersen] is leaving soon, so he is going to take up where KP left off in the batting department. I still believe that I can get into the final [playing] eleven whenever the team needs me. I am here to support the guys in every way that I can. [...] I am ready for any opportunity; and whenever I get a chance, I will grab it with both hands. On the IPL experience
Andre Russell: it has been a very good experience so far. KP is a great guy and [Morne] Morkel, [Mahela] Jayawardene and all these guys, and also [Virender] Sehwag the captain. I have been watching these guys from a young age [...]. It very interesting being around them and rubbing shoulders with them [...]; it’s a good thing for me and big experience. So, I am learning whatever I can learn from them. Even though I don’t get games this year, I know that next year I have to catch up [...]. I am hoping for the best for the guys because a winning team is always upbeat. If [I] don’t get a chance to go on the field for Delhi Daredevils in 2012 [but] we win the tournament, it will mean a lot to me and the team. [...] On plans for Ajinkya Rahane who has been in good form
Naman Ojha: We have team meeting tomorrow where we will plan for Ajinkya and rest of the guys.
On how has sharing the dressing room with players like Sehwag, Pietersen and Jayawardene helped his batting Naman Ojha: You get to learn a lot from being with players [like] KP, Viru paaji, Mahela. Batting with them in the nets, sharing the dressing room with them and watching them batting in a match, you get to learn a lot from them. They are very experienced players, so they share important points about the wicket, etc while playing in a match, and that helps you learn. [...] On whether he is satisfied with his wicketkeeping so far Naman Ojha: I am very satisfied with my keeping so far and I am trying to improve with each game. On whether he has a goal of getting back into the national side
Naman Ojha: I have played very well in the domestic matches and try to perform well everywhere. The rest is not in my hands.