It's all about the playoff places at the moment and Rajasthan Royals will be fighting to add to their chances. They face a struggling Delhi Daredevils team who have won just two of their 10 games.
Venue: Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Date: Thursday, May 15
Start time: 3:30 p.m. BST/ 8 p.m. local time
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) and Starhub (Singapore).
Weather: AccuWeather predicts that temperatures will reach up to 40 degrees Celsius during the daytime and it won't get much better in the evening. No chance of rain and there will be temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius for the match.
Rajasthan had a disappointing out in their last match against the Chennai Super Kings, losing by five wickets. The Royals had a chance to produce some magic in the final over with CSK needing 12 runs to win. James Faulkner, who has been good bowling at the death, failed this time and MS Dhoni took full advantage to seal the win.
With Chennai and Punjab leading the points table, Rajasthan have to focus their energy to ensure they have a chance at the playoffs. A win will set them up nicely. It’s a game Rajasthan are expected to win since Delhi have been the whipping boys of the competition.
When the two teams met earlier in the year, Rajasthan claimed a seven-wicket win. Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav all contributed with the bat in that match. However, the bowlers had a torrid time. Mohammed Shami was the only bowler with an economy rate of under 7.50 and Rajasthan won with nine balls to spare.
Nathan Coulter-Nile looked a good prospect at the start of the season, but he picked up an injury in his second match and has not played since. Not a single bowler from Delhi has an economy rate of below 6.73 and nobody averages below 30.00 with the ball.
For Watson and his fellow Rajasthan batsmen, those stats are an invite to hit out. Delhi, on the other hand, will be hoping they come late to the party.
Steve Smith has been impressive with his lower-order charges, but is yet to score a fifty. With Delhi struggling as they are, it's the perfect time for the Australian to cash in on some more runs.
JP Duminy has been the batting star of Delhi's campaign. With 332 runs at an average of 66.40, the South African needs to produce another good performance to help lift his team to a good total.
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Kevin Pietersen (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), JP Duminy, Ross Taylor, Mayank Agarwal, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, SaurabhTiwary, Milind Kumar, Jimmy Neesham, Mohammed Shami, JaydevUnadkat, ShahbazNadeem, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Shukla, Wayne Parnell, HS Sharath, LaxiRatan Shukla, KedarJadhav, SiddharthKaul, Rahul Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
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