IPL 2018, Match 32, Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals
Wednesday, 2nd May, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Match Preview :
The Delhi Daredevils host the Rajasthan Royals in an 8pm fixture here at the Ferzo Shah Kotla, Delhi.
For the hosts, the IPL 2018 trophy seems a distant reality now. They need to win all the matches they play from here and they would want some teams lose as well for them to make it to the playoffs. They fought so hard in their last game against the Chennai Super Kings, but fell short eventually.
Whatever happens from here, one thing they need to try and repeat every time they come out to play is win Matches at any cost. Though it sounds simple it’s so difficult in reality. They’ve won just 2 out of the 8 games they played this season and are at the bottom of the table. Win should be their only motto from this stage of the tournament. Team effort is the need of the hour for them.
The Rajasthan Royals are at 6th place now. They faced quite a few hiccups to be there. In a moderate scoring game their team couldn’t get over the line against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. They would want to forget that quickly and move on to this encounter. Their overseas batsmen need to fire for them. Ben Stokes and Jos Butler are in no form whatsoever and that is pulling them down. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson aren’t getting the support they needed from the middle order, a main reason for their failures this season. They would want to change that in this game.
A win here would mean that they move on to 5th place and curtains for Delhi’s IPL 2018 campaign.
Head to head :
Delhi Daredevils 6 – 11 Rajasthan Royals is the score line after as many matches in IPL history. Rajasthan Royals came out on top every time in the 7 last times these two teams met.
Last time these two teams met, the Rajasthan Royals won the game by 10 runs in a rain truncated game.
Going by current form, its difficult to pick a side. Going by history, Rajasthan Royals should win this game easily.
Rajasthan Royals :
Ajinkya Rahane(c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), 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
Delhi Daredevils :
Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), 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