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The eleventh edition of Indian Premier League started with a bang with Chennai Super Kings snatching a superb win against Mumbai Indians. Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals were handed a crushing defeat by Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. Both the teams will now lock horns on 11th May 2018 at Jaipur. Languishing in the bottom half of the table, both the sides will like to Kickstart their campaign with a win here. A loss would further push the losing team in a pit and getting back would then require some effort.
Just like Chennai Super Kings, the Royals are coming back into the tournament after a long wait of two years, but unlike them, they failed to get their campaign off to a start with a win. In their first match of the season, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, their batsmen aimed too high and ended up scoring a below-average total on an excellent bowling pitch.
Sanju Samson was a lone Warrior as he scored a 49-runs knock at a rapid pace. He could not convert his start to a big knock as the tumbling wickets was always a matter of concern for the Royals throughout the innings. Their downfall started when D'Arcy Short hit a fullish delivery towards mid-off and tried to steal a quick single, but his maiden innings in the IPL could last only that long as a direct hit meant that D'Arcy was short of the crease by a huge margin. Ben Stokes and Jos Butter, too struggled to push the scoring rate and fell without troubling the scorers as much as they'd have liked.
Coming into this game, the Royals were a spinner short and it was validated by how the Sunrisers went about their chase. The Afghan spinner Zahir Khan has been ruled out of the tournament and Ish Sodhi has been called in as his replacement which may well be a blessing in disguise for them as they were lacking a genuinely experienced spinner in their squad. Jofra Archer is still recovering from a side strain and he is expected to miss yet another game.
Ajinkya Rahane, D'Arcy Short, SV Samson, BA Stokes, RA Tripathi, Jos Buttler, K Gowtham, S Gopal, DS Kulkarni, JD Unadkat, Ben Laughlin.
Had talent been the sole-decider in the fate of one team, Delhi Daredevils would certainly have been one of best teams in the tournament. With the likes of emerging talents in Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, and Vijay Shankar, they are one of the few teams which have an abundance of emerging Indian talent.
Similar to that of Rajasthan, their batting revolves around Gautam Gambhir as sheet anchor and Glenn Maxwell as a power-hitter in the middle order. Glenn Maxwell did not play the first game and he is expected to take place of Dan Christian.
In their first match, Amit Mishra was taken to the cleaners by KXIP batsmen and we might see Shahbaz Nadeem come into the team to add variety to the bowling attack with Rahul Tewatia being the other leg-spinner. Delhi Daredevils have made a lot of changes to their team and now it centers around the Indian talent with overseas players to play more of an inspirational role. With Maxwell back and Gambhir in fine touch, Delhi is all set to give Rajasthan a run for their money.
Colin Munro, G Gambhir, Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, RR Pant, V Shankar, R Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, TA Boult, Mohammed Shami.
As has been the trend in T20 games recently, win the toss and field first will be the order of the day for the team that wins the toss
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The old Jaipur track had plenty of zip for the bowlers. While this wicket is fresh and might have some assistance for the quick bowlers early on in the innings, it is expected to be a little slower as compared to the past pitches of Jaipur.
Both Delhi and Rajasthan had a problem of many in their opening game. While Delhi struggled to find the right combination and batting order, Rajasthan Royals left Tripathi and Butler too late to bounce back into the game. Both Gambhir and Rahane are intelligent captains and will take a cue from their defeats in the first game. Jaipur has been a bastion for the Royals and they have a win-loss ratio of 2.428 at this venue which is best among all teams in the competition. We may see Butler and Tripathi pushed up the order while Samson and Stokes handed down the responsibility of keeping the scoring rate up in the middle overs. With an experienced set of players and a strong home record, Rajasthan Royals are better equipped to emerge triumphant in an all-important encounter.