About the Match
It will be a packed stadium on Saturday as Delhi witnesses its first IPL match of the season, with the home team Delhi going up against Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla grounds on 3rd. Both teams have completed 5 matches each and are coming face to face for the 1st time in the tournament; Royals have 6 points from 3 wins and Delhi is close behind with 4 points. This is a home ground match for team Delhi and they would try and put up a good show in front of their supporters; Rajasthan is doing well and their recent success must have surely boosted the morale of the players. Overall, an interesting contest is on the cards in the blistering heat of Delhi’s summer but the crowd will surely show up in full strength.
The last match they played was against Mumbai Indians, who are last on the points table, where they had to chase a low target of 125 runs which they won handsomely with 7 balls to spare and 6 wickets in hand. Pietersen had just joined the team and coming at No.4, remained unbeaten; Murali Vijay in the company of Quinton de Kock is providing a good start and others too are able to maintain the run rate and contribute to the success of their team. Shami, Duminy and Unadkat are effective in containing the flow of runs and the fielding is reasonably good. The opposing team, Rajasthan, is mentally strong and playing as a strong unit; their last win still fresh in their memory, the Rajasthan players will come out all guns blazing here. Hence Delhi has to marshal its resources thoughtfully and assess the situation as the game progresses and take remedial measures on ground to put up resistance to the designs of the Royals.
The team is very agile and has received a major morale boost after its last dramatic win against Knight Riders, which came through during the Super Over after the match was tied. Faulkner did a fantastic job during the course of play and reposing full faith on his capabilities, the captain demanded his services for the super over, which he handled commendably. They have to leave the memories behind and play cautiously as they have suffered two losses against CSK and Kings XI; the team must try and see further ahead to achieve their goals. Rahane, Watson, Binny, Samson and Smith are delivering with the bat and Faulkner and Richardson are proving to be invaluable resources as all-rounders and supporting the teammates; Iqbal, Tambe and Bhatia are supporting the opening bowlers and playing to the demands of the situation. They are ahead of the Dare Devils in both points and NRR and are in a positive frame of mind to handle the opponents; with a strategic plan for each game their execution with diligence, this is a balanced side at the moment.
At this stage of the competition, Royals are superior to the Daredevils and their strategy is proving to be good, bringing success to the team even at crunch situations. Delhi is playing on home turf, which is advantageous provided they don’t succumb under pressure to perform. Royals have been doing well irrespective of the ground are sure to perform well even here and come out with flying colors.
Rajasthan Royals, 1.90 @ Bet365