IPL 2014, DD vs RR: Top 5 players to watch out for in Match 23

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It is always a delight when two teams fresh with the victory air face each other. The same applies to today’s second match and IPL 2014 23rd match between Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. The teams will face off for the first time this season in Delhi. DD has won two of the five matches and its most recent victory was against Mumbai Indians. On the other hand, RR has won three matches of the five played and their last victory was the thrilling match against Kolkata Knight Riders where they won by a boundary count as the super over also ended in a tie. The team position on the points table has been opposite.

While RR are a part of the top three, DD still struggle in the lower end of the table. Where history between the Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals is concerned, the honors are split right down the middle. Both teams have won six matches apiece from a total of 12 meetings. This match would give one of the teams an upper hand this season. Here are five players who can change the game this match.

1. Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals)

This all-rounder knows his game and executes smart work in a brilliant way. It was his brilliant mind that helped tie their last match in the super over. He does not solely depend on the big hits and believes in running between the wickets. He has scored 117 runs in the five matches this season and has also taken down a wicket.

2. James Faulkner (Rajasthan Royals)

This Tasmanian all-rounder has the ability to change the game around with the bat as well as the ball. He has taken five important wickets in the four matches he has been a part of. In his last match, against KKR, he took down three wickets, there by contributing to a great extent towards their win.

3. J P Duminy (Delhi Daredevils)

He is the biggest attribute of the team, with excellent fielding skills and the ability to bat according to the situation. He has scored 173 runs in the five matches he has played this season, and has the ability to score big.

4. Mohammed Shami (Delhi Daredevils)

Shami’s ability to swing the ball and accuracy has made him a vital part of this team. He has taken down three wickets and also bowled the over in which Mumbai Indian’s captain Rohit Sharma was run out.

5. Dark Horse: Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals)

This opener batsman is the biggest attribute of RR. He has scored 182 runs in the five matches this season. In his last match he scored a phenomenal 72 runs of 59 balls.

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