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The Delhi Daredevils, who lost the opening fixture of Pepsi IPL 2013 to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, will be hoping for a quick turnaround of fortunes when they take on the Rajasthan Royals in Match 4 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
The Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the IPL, but haven’t been able to reproduce that form in four seasons since, struggling to even finish among the top four teams. However, like their performance in the inaugural season, they punched above their weight for a majority of the last season before they lost a few crucial games towards the end of the league phase. They will be keen to bring in the consistency factor to their game and go the distance this time around.
The Daredevils, sans the dashing Virender Sehwag in their line-up, looked out of sorts and lacked the firepower in the opening game managing only 128 runs on a slow Eden Gardens track. They will hope to put in a much improved performance, given they will be playing in their own backyard and hope to finish the match with their first points on the board.
Saturday, March 6, 2013, 4 p.m
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Delhi Daredevils will look for big runs from their top four. Virender Sehwag, whose participation in this match isn’t certain, David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene and Unmukt Chand make for a formidable top four. Playing in their own backyard, the Daredevils will be hoping the batsmen can pile on the runs and then strangle the opponents as the wicket slows down as the match progresses.
Ajinkya Rahane was the find of the season for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2012. The Mumbai-lad reinvented himself and under the leadership of Rahul Dravid and played some breathtaking and unorthodox strokes – which one wouldn’t previously associate with the technically-correct top-order batsman. The 24-year old, who was recently handed his India cap, will look to develop further this season. The team will be missing the services of Shane Watson in this match and therefore a lot will be expected from the skipper Rahul Dravid and the experienced Brad Hodge.
The Delhi Daredevils start favourites in this match given they have a 6-4 win-loss record against the Rajasthan Royals. The Daredevils will be looking to make it a hat-trick of wins against the Rajasthan Royals after they won both the fixtures last season.
Brad Hodge, with 5274 runs in 179 matches, is the leading run-getter in Twenty20 cricket.
In less than 48 hours after this match (April 8, 2013), the Rajasthan Royals will square off against the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The Delhi Daredevils meanwhile will next be seen in action in Mumbai when they take on the Mumbai Indians on April 9.
The two traditional powerhouses of Indian cricket – Chennai and Mumbai – will lock horns in Match 5 of Pepsi IPL 2013. Two-time champions, twice runners-up, and perhaps the most consistent team in the IPL - Chennai Super Kings - will be pitted against the Ricky Ponting-led Mumbai Indians.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say the Chennai Super Kings are the most settled team in the IPL; the Chennai franchise has retained the core of the team in the last five seasons and the faith in the players has reflected in the consistent results the team has delivered. The Kolkata Knight Riders got the better of them in IPL 2012 and MS Dhoni’s boys will be keen to shrug off that defeat and look for renewed success this season.
Mumbai Indians have finished among the top four teams in each of the last three seasons but are yet to lay their hands on the silverware. They will be keen to put in that extra bit to ensure they go the distance and lay their hands on that pretty trophy handed to the winners at the end of the competition.
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8 p.m
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
The Chennai Super Kings will expect their opening pair of Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey to get them off to a flying start and set a platform for Suresh Raina who is at his most dangerous best in this format of the game. On the bowling front, CSK will expect a lot from R Ashwin, who was named Player of the Series in the recently-concluded Test series against Australia. The off-spinner will be a central figure in the CSK’s plans, given that skipper MS Dhoni tends to use him at critical junctures, including when the fielding restrictions are in force and in the death overs too.
The Mumbai Indians will look towards the two veterans; Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting combined well in the opening game before the former was run out attempting an ambitious run. The team will be hoping for many more runs from the two senior pros and hope the likes of Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard can bring in the aggression element towards the end of the innings.
The Mumbai Indians will be proud of the record they have against the Chennai Super Kings. They are the only team in the IPL to have more wins than losses against the two-time champions. Off the 11 times the two teams have met, the Mumbai Indians have ended up victors on six occasions, with the Chennai Super Kings winning the remaining five matches.
The Mumbai Indians got the better of the Chennai Super Kings in both the league fixtures, but lost the crucial eliminator which ended their journey in IPL 2012.
Suresh Raina has featured in every one of the Chennai Super Kings’ 81 matches in the five seasons of the IPL. He is the leading run-getter in the league with 2254 runs.
MS Dhoni and boys will next be seen in action at the PCA Stadium in Mohali against Kings XI Punjab on April 10. The Mumbai Indians meanwhile will play their third game of Pepsi IPL 2013 when they host the Delhi Daredevils on April 9.