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Sahne Watson (left) and Ajinkya Rahane are the key men for Rajasthan © IANS
Sahne Watson (left) and Ajinkya Rahane are the key men for Rajasthan © IANS

Apr 26, 2014
The 23rd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 sees Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) trying to build the steady momentum they built in the UAE in this fixture at Feroz Shah Kotla.

The Kotla is a small ground with short boundaries that tempt the batsmen to go over the top. And, it is a ground where sixes may be regular, unless the wicket is bad. So, if you win the toss, more often than not, you would want to bat first.

Delhi have a strong batting line-up that needs to click for this IPL. Kevin Pietersen’s return makes it a very strong line-up and there is the opening combination in Murali Vijay and Quinton de Kock. PerhapsDinesh Karthik can come a bit later to allow Pietersen in at No 3. Plus, they have some good domestic players in Kedar Jadhav and Manoj Tiwary. JP Duminy is the mainstay in the middle, which would leave Ross Taylor out of the squad.

The bowling is led by Mohammed Shami and he has Jaydev Unadkat for company. Wayne Parnell is also a crucial component of this bowling attack. Then, they would also bank on Shahbaz Nadeem to spin the ball on a track he is used to.

Rajasthan have a settled unit and they wouldn’t make changes. Ajinkya Rahane opens the batting, but there may be a few concerns over his partner. So far, Rajasthan tried Abhishek Nayar and Karun Nair, both didn’t work so far. Shane Watson could perhaps promote himself with Sanju Samson coming in at No 3. In the middle, they are led by aggressive batsmen in Stuart Binny and Steven Smith.

Squads:

Delhi Daredevils: 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, Laxi Ratan Shukla, Kedar Jadhav, Siddharth Kaul, Rahul Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodge, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Ankush Bains, James Faulkner, Pravin Tambe, Kevon Cooper, Unmukt Chand, Steven Smith, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Iqbal Abdullah, Karun Nair, Vikramjeet Malik, Abhishek Nayar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kane Richardson, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Tim Southee, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra.

Time: 20:00 IST | 14:30 GMT

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