Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 28 April 2012 - 09:27pm IST
Preview: Match 39 – DD v RR
Rajasthan Royals meet table-toppers Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla
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.
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.