Home > News >

Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2014 Match 23 Preview: Teams keen to begin their India-legs with win

Rajasthan Royals will be looking to upset Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozshah Kotla in IPL 7 © IANS
Rajasthan Royals will be looking to upset Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozshah Kotla in IPL 7 © IANS

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

May 2, 2014

Delhi Daredevils (DD) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) commence their India-leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 with a clash at the Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi. Last year when the two teams faced off at Delhi, Rajasthan were victorious by the most slender of margins. And later, Rajasthan continued to find form as they beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the play-offs. This time, they have different sides and come into this game with a little different fortunes. Rajasthan have won three out of their five games in the UAE-leg, whereas Delhi have won two.

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. Perhaps Dinesh 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.

The bowling is led by James Faulkner, who has an able partner in Kane Richardson. Pravin Tambe remains their main spin bowler and he would be the key man for them.

Rajasthan have started looking strong in the IPL 2014, and Delhi are eyeing a performance to turn the tide in their favour.

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

Click here for IPL 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

More

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014  at Southampton

England won by 266 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

Moeen Ali grabs six wickets as England trounce India by 266 runs in 3rd Test at Southampton

Moeen Ali spins India into trouble: Will he stun them again on Day 5 at Southampton?

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: How an Indian fan remembers the South African legend

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: A symbol of genius encompassing almost two decades

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: Long live the King

Alastair Cook England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Players who were questioned did well, says Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook heaps praise on Moeen Ali after England’s win over India in 3rd Test at Southampton

MS Dhoni concerned with India’s poor batting in 3rd Test against England at Southampton

India should play Ravichandran Ashwin in 4th Test at Old Trafford: Kevin Pietersen

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Twitter reactions to hosts’ victory

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Highlights

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Reasons for India’s heavy defeat

10 little known facts about Jacques Kallis

Moeen Ali spins India into trouble: Will he stun them again on Day 5 at Southampton?

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: How an Indian fan remembers the South African legend

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Tiger Shroff gets fifth degree black belt!

22 Jump Street movie review: A run-of-the-mill comic caper!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here