The Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals, both coming off defeats in their respective previous matches, will clash in Match 32 of VIVO IPL 2018. DD have two wins from eight matches so far, while the Royals are slightly better off with three wins from seven outings.
In their last outing, the Delhi Daredevils were blown away by Chennai Super Kings’ Shane Watson and MS Dhoni in Pune. DD have problems to address – particularly with their batting line-up. Two batsmen – Rishabh Pant (306 runs) and the newly-appointed captain Shreyas Iyer(257 runs) – have contributed close to 46% of the runs scored by the team’s batsmen. Other than them, there is not one other DD batsman in the top thirty run-getters this season. Glenn Maxwell, signed up by the Daredevils at a fee of INR 9 crore, and expected to be one of the team’s pillars, is the team’s third-highest run-getter; in 7 innings this season, the Australian has only faced 79 deliveries and has scored a total of 126 runs.
The Rajasthan Royals will be hurting from their loss to the Sunrisers Hyderabad. On most days, the Royals would have backed themselves to chase down 152 – the target set by SRH.Not on Sunday evening, when their middle order just didn’t get going; the lull in the middle overs – only boundary hit in a period of 51 balls – meant RR showed no urgency and eventually paid the price, finishing short by 12 runs. RR will also ponder their decision-making in that match: for instance, sending the young-lad MahipalLomror ahead of established strikers like K Gowtham and Jofra Archer.
RR have all the ammunition, but the players haven’t just lived up to their billing. Ben Stokes’ returns so far this season read 147 runs in 7 innings at a strike-rate of 123.52, a solitary wicket and an economy rate of 9.88. Jos Buttler’s aggregate runs after 7 innings: 120 at a strike-rate of 126.31. JaydevUnadkat was a huge investment at the auction, but the left-arm pacer has only picked up 4 wickets in 7 matches and has been expensive too, leaking runs at 10.18.
With the competition getting to that stage where every match and every set of points becomes crucial, will RR get more out of their big ticket buys?The Daredevils are nearly at a stage where they cannot afford to lose any more; will their players be able to raise their game and stitch together a series of wins?
When: May 2, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
The pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla has largely been batting friendly so it could be a painful evening for bowlers from both teams.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||29|
|Matches won bowling first||32|
|Average 1st Inns scores||162|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||147|
|Highest total recorded||231/4 (20 Ov) by DD vs KXIP|
|Lowest total recorded||66/10 (13.4 Ov) by DD vs MI|
|Highest score chased||214/3 (17.3 Ov) by DD vs GL|
|Lowest score defended||118/4 (11 Ov) by DD vs KXIP|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||17|
|Won by Delhi Daredevils||6|
|Won by Rajasthan Royals||11|
Head to Head at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
|Total Matches Play||6|
|Won by Delhi Daredevils||3|
|Won by Rajasthan Royals||3|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Delhi Daredevils: L W L L L
Rajasthan Royals: L W L L W
The Rajasthan Royals have prevailed in their last 7 matches against the Daredevils. The last time DD got the better of the RR was in 2012.
Delhi will stick to the same XI that they’ve played with in the last two days.
RR is not looking for any change expecting to stick with same team.
Delhi Daredevils : Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Junior Dala
Rajasthan Royals : Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, D Arcy Short, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen
Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult
Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat
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Stats that matter
- Daredevils last beat Royals in 2012, and have lost to them seven times since then
- Royals’ specialist overseas batsmen have the worst strike rate among all teams this year: 116.4
- Amit Mishra has bowled almost exclusively in the middle overs, going at an excellent economy rate of 6.7
- Avesh Khan has bowled only seven Powerplay overs so far, but he boasts a good economy rate of 7.1
- Jofra Archer comes into the match with a death-overs economy rate of 4.8 in this IPL. He has bowled only four overs in the stage, but in finding a way to score runs off him lies a big challenge for Daredevils