The Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals return to India for the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with both searching for some consistency.
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Date: Saturday, May 3
Start time: 3:30 p.m. BST
Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE) SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan), Starhub (Singapore).
Weather: According to Weather.com, it promises to be mostly sunny but very hot with temperatures reaching highs of 42 degrees Celsius.
The Delhi Daredevils are still seeking some consistency but will be hopeful they have gained some momentum after beating the Mumbai Indians by six wickets last time out.
The Indians batted first, but they were restricted to 125-6 from their 20 overs, with Wayne Parnell impressed in taking 1-17 from his four overs.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan were involved in one of the tightest IPL matches of all time against the Kolkata Knight Riders, with the Royals winning by virtue of boundary count.
Rajasthan batted first and made 152-5 from their 20 overs, led in large part by Ajinkya Rahane with 72 from 59 balls.
In response, Kolkata also managed to reach 152 from their 20 overs for the loss of eight wickets, with James Faulkner leading the Royals bowlers with 3-11.
That meant both teams then entered into a Super Over, from which Kolkata made 11-2 off Faulkner’s bowling.
In reply, the Royals coasted to 11 without loss from their only over, meaning a boundary count was required to determine the winner.
By virtue of their 18 boundaries to Kolkata’s 14, Rajasthan took an incredibly tight victory to move up the table and well into the playoff places.
Delhi Daredevils (from): Kevin Pietersen (capt.), Mayank Agarwal, Dinesh Karthik, Milind Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary, Murali Vijay, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Jayant Yadav, Siddharth Kaul, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Sharma, HS Sharaf, Rahul Shukla, Jaidev Unadkat, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Wayne Parnell
Rajasthan Royals (from): Shane Watson (capt.), Brad Hodge, Unmukt Chand, Karun Nair, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Rajat Bhatia, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kevon Cooper, Stuart Binny, James Faulkner, Dishant Yagnik, Ankush Bains, Sanju Samson, Iqbal Abdulla, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Sharma, Pravin Tambe, Tim Southee, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kane Richardson, Vikramjeet Malik, Amit Mishra
South African batsman JP Duminy has begun this year’s IPL in very good form, and he is definitely one to watch in this game.
Having reasserted himself for his country in the World Twenty20, Duminy’s confidence is high, and he will want to maintain his strong start.
Rajasthan captain Shane Watson has the ability to turn a game with either the bat or the ball in a short space of time.
If he gains some momentum, he can take apart the best bowling attacks or remove the best batsmen, and his twin threat will be something to keep an eye on.
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