About the Match
The Royals have slipped to the 2nd position on the table with the recent defeat against Mumbai Indians but with 12 points in their kitty, they are presently leading the rest of the pack to make it to the next stage. They will play against Delhi Daredevils, who have 8 points and are placed fourth on the table, on 3rd May at Mumbai. With the recent wash-out against RCB, the Royals will be very cautious going up against the Daredevils, who have done well in recent matches to climb up the ladder. It will be an interesting clash since last time the Royals had defeated Delhi on their home ground and the visitors will be seeking revenge on Sunday.
It was a lacklustre performance by the batsmen as they failed to chase 187 runs posted by Mumbai in the last contest; only Sanju Samson’s 76 off 46 showed some promise with others like Rahane, Nair, Binny and Hooda failing to fire. Watson contributed with 28 off 23 while Smith’s 23 off 20 helped the scoreboard ticking but they did not succeed at building strong partnerships and lost the match by a close 8 runs. The bowling could have been better too with players like Theron and Watson proving to be very expensive in the middle; although Kulkarni took 2-26 and Southee, Ankit Sharma and Theron took a wicket each, they couldn’t stop the opponents from posting a formidable 187 runs. In the previous outing too against RCB, the bowlers gave away too many easy runs although the match was abandoned due to rains; there too bowlers like Faulkner and Tambe failed to contain the opposition. The team has been sliding down in its overall performance especially with the ball while the batsmen need to pull up their socks and come up with a winning strategy if they want to keep their lead intact.
It was an inspiring win against Kings XI as their bowlers restricted the opposition to a lowly 118 runs; Coulter-Nile scripted the demolition of Kings XI batting line-up as he took 4-20 while Zaheer Khan made a good impression with his 2-17 in four overs. Duminy and Mishra spun their magic as they bowled economically and also took a wicket each. The batsmen delivered with the bat as youngsters Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer posted half centuries to wrap up the match by the 14th over. This victory would surely give them the confidence boost they needed and they will definitely come out all guns blazing against the Royals too. However, against RCB, their weaknesses in the batting line-up were clearly exposed as they were dismissed all-out for 95 runs last week. They will have to be cautious in their approach and exude confidence on the field if they want to win the match and climb up the points table on Sunday.
The Daredevils have surely improved by many folds compared to the beginning of the competition and they will go into the game on Sunday with their heads held high. The Royals on the other hand haven’t tasted success for some time now and will be hungry for a win here. Although the match could swing either way, we feel that the Royals will dominate yet again to clinch victory.