Struggling Rajasthan takes on rampaging Delhi
A struggling Rajasthan Royals will look to resuscitate their title defence while a rampaging Delhi Daredevils will strive to continue their unbeaten run when the two sides lock horns in an Indian Premier League encounter in Pretoria today.Special coverage | Listen to podcastcricket Updated: Apr 28, 2009 02:38 IST
One team is second from the top while the other rests second from the bottom. From the coastal areas, both move inland to Centurion, about 40 km from Johannesburg, for a key clash on Tuesday at the Super Sport Park.
The Delhi Daredevils have everything going their way while the Rajasthan Royals, except for the Super Over win against the Kolkata Knight Riders, are still to play like a champion side.
After being involved in the action on Sunday night, the teams were yet to arrive in Johannesburg till Monday noon and the normal practice of having nets before the match was given a miss.
The Royals need to rethink their strategy while the Daredevils, riding high on confidence, will look to extend their winning streak from Port Elizabeth to Centurion.
Daredevils’ manager, T A. Sekar, said, "Whatever we have planned has come good so far. We have the ammunition to make a big bang.
The team has more all-rounders, multi-skill players, batsmen who can hit big including the explosive Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, the in-form Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers.
Spinners have dominated this IPL, we have the players for that also. Daniel Vettori is the world's best left-arm spinner while Amit Mishra did well on Sunday night."
Sekar did not buy the theory that the Daredevils have the team to lift the trophy. "Unless we win, I will not say anything. Last year nobody rated the Daredevils.
Cricket is a very funny game, especially T20, where a catch or a run out can just turn the scales," he said.
On the presence of three left-arm seamers, Dirk Nannes, Pradeep Sangwan and Ashish Nehra, in the line-up, Sekar termed it as coincidence.
On the other hand, Shane Warne's Royals have been struggling.
Unlike last year when Swapnil Asnodkar and Graeme Smith gave them blazing starts at the top, the pair has not going in South Africa. Warne has tried out different combinations but nothing seems to have worked.
It is time the Royals did something or they could face a premature exit.
First Published: Apr 28, 2009 02:15 IST