Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2014 Preview: RR aim for playoffs as DD play for pride

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Rajasthan Royals are almost at the door step of qualifying for playoffs and need couple of wins to cement their place while Delhi Daredevils who have managed to win just two matches are out of contention and will now play for their pride in remaining fixtures.

Power Punch

Rajasthan Royals tinkered with the line-up against Chennai Super Kings and the move backfired as they lost the encounter. They will look to assemble their winning combination once again and it is certain that Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair will be back as an opening pair. One doesn’t expect RR to tamper with settled combinations at this stage of tournament. RR should play and stick to their strength in batting order.

JP Duminy has done very well in a team which looked unnerved throughout the season. He has scored 332 runs at an average of 66.40, his average is inflated mainly because of his five unbeaten innings toward the end but that doesn’t take anything away from the exciting left-hander as he boasts a strike-rate of 138.91.It has been a one man show as far as DD batting is considered.

Weak Point

RR has been dimmed by the lack of experienced Indian pacer who could not only have read the conditions well and but provided an extra zing to the bowling unit. Rajat Bhatia is not express and Dhaval Kulkarni has not impressed in matches he played. They have two untested fast bowlers on the bench Vikramjeet Malik and Amit Mishra who should have been given an opportunity in earlier games.

DD as compared to RR have a decent bowling line-up with likes of Mohammad Shami and Jaydev Unadkat but they have not gelled as a unit. Shami has been mediocre picking just five wickets in 10 outings while Unadkat who played in six matches was taken for plenty and later dropped. Siddarth Kaul and Rahul Shukla came in the side for the last few games but both were belted.

Desi Touch

Stuart Binny and Kedar Jadhav have similar roles in their respective sides when it comes to batting. Jadhav has done reasonably well, in six innings he has scored 139 runs at an average of 69.50 (not-out four times) and has strike-rate of 157.95 (played cameos consistently) while Binny has botched in providing that kind of innings. He has scored 193 in nine matches and has a strike of 115.56. Binny needs to step up in batting department now with team entering a crucial phase.          

Last Meeting: RR defeated DD by seven wickets. MoM: Karun Nair (73*)

SQUADS

DD: Kevin Pietersen (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), JP Duminy, Ross Taylor, Mayank Agarwal, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary, Milind Kumar, Jimmy Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Shukla, Wayne Parnell, HS Sharath, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Kedar Jadhav, Siddarth Kaul, Rahul Sharma, Quinton de Kock.

RR: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Rajat Bhatia, Abhishek Nayar, Unmukt Chand, Pravin Tambe, Dhaval Kulkarni, James Faulkner, Steve Smith, Iqbal Abdullah, Karun Nair, Rahul Tewatia, Dishank Yagnik, Ankush Bains, Deepak Hooda, Ankit Sharma, Vikramjeet Malik, Amit Mishra, Brad Hodge, Kevin Cooper, Tim Southee, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson.