Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 30 April 2012 - 11:09pm IST
Preview: Match 43 – RR v DD
Rajasthan Royals meet Delhi Daredevils in Jaipur in the sequel to their last-ball thriller
Revenge will be foremost in the minds of Rajasthan Royals players when they face off against the Delhi Daredevils in Match 43 of DLF IPL 2012.
Rahul Dravid’s team dominated their away fixture against the Delhi Daredevils for close to 38 overs, but lost the contest at the fag end of their run-chase. That one-run defeat has meant they are still locked up in a mid-table contest, while the Delhi Daredevils remain perched on top of the points table with seven wins from nine outings.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid and Owais Shah have contributed close to 70 percent of the runs scored by their team – suffice to say, they hold the key to their team’s success. Rahane especially has been in sparkling form; the Mumbai lad plays orthodox cricket, but still has scored runs every time he has walked out to bat. Dravid has played the perfect second fiddle at the top of the innings, while Shah has played “impact” cameos to finish off innings.
Despite all the riches in the Delhi Daredevils batting line-up, Virender Sehwag continues to be the central figure in it. The DD skipper has been in pristine form this season and has scored half-centuries in his last four innings.
Keep an eye on Kevin Pietersen too; the Englishman has scored one of two centuries in the competition so far, and he will be keen to leave an impression on the IPL before joining the England team for their home series against the West Indies.
The last time the Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals met – on April 29 at the Feroz Shah Kotla – a solitary run separated them. On that occasion, the Royals finished at 151 for three in their chase of 153.
There isn’t too much that separates the two teams when it comes to their previous encounters; both teams have won their respective home games and the overall head-to-head is slightly swayed in favour of the Delhi Daredevils (5-4) at the moment.
Delhi Daredevils’ David Warner is the only player to score hundreds in consecutive Twenty20 matches. He accomplished the feat in the 2011 CLT20.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid have been involved in five 50-run partnerships – the most by any pair in IPL 2012.
The Rajasthan Royals head over to Mohali for their next fixture; Rahul Dravid’s team is scheduled to take on Kings XI Punjab on May 5. The Delhi Daredevils will be out of action for five days after this match. They will be seen in action next, when they host the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 7.