Scorecard: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils
It has been quite a contrasting journey for Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the ongoing IPL so far.
While Rajasthan started with a bang, winning five matches in a row, Delhi were again off target, losing their first two matches including their first-leg contest against Rajasthan.However, a lot has changed since the teams first met at Ferozshah Kotla where the hosts lost a last-ball thriller. However, like the previous edition, Rajasthan have lost track midway and have gone winless for five matches in a row. Delhi, on the contrary, have recovered from the sloppy start and in contention for a play-off berth at the moment.
For the Shane Watson-led Rajasthan, the script looked similar to their previous season as despite being well-placed in the first half of the tournament they went on to lose a play-off berth after hosts Mumbai Indians toppled them dramatically in a crucial encounter.
So, Rajasthan will have an opportunity to change things when they take on the resurgent Daredevils in their new home, Brabourne Stadium, on Sunday.
Though they are placed a comfortable second in the points table at the moment, given the fact that they have played ten out of 14 league matches, another defeat could seriously dent their aspirations for a second IPL title.
However, opener Ajinkya Rahane feels otherwise.
"Cricket teaches you a lot. When you win, (you) don't think too much. (But) when you start losing, you start thinking too many things. As a team we don't want to think too much. What matters is playing quality cricket," said Rahane.
A lot will ride on the Mumbai batsman if Rajasthan are to get their campaign back on track. But he will be up against both Zaheer Khan and Aussie paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile. Besides Pravin Amre, who coached him for years in Mumbai, is Delhi's assistant coach. Rahane doesn't see it as a disadvantage. Instead, he likes to get valuable tips from his ex-Mumbai Ranji coach as he has been all these years.