Rajasthan Royals will search for a win when they meet Delhi Daredevils © IANS
Rajasthan Royals will search for a win when they meet Delhi Daredevils © IANS

Rajasthan Royals (RR) take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) in Match 36 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. When these teams met in their previous match Deepak Hooda scored a 25-ball 54, which insured DD chased down a huge target of 185 off the last ball of the game. Both teams will desperately want to win this game. RR have not registered a win in their last three fullgames, with two of their matches washed out due to rain. DD on the other hand will want to continue their momentum from their comprehensive victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Friday. IPL 2015: Teams details

Shreyas Iyer is the star player for DD with 281 runs in his eight matches. He has looked in tremendous touch throughout the tournament and has been consistent as well. The return of Zaheer Khan is a major boost for DD. He announced his return with a magnificent spell against KXIP. Ajinkya Rahane is the Orange Cap holder with 339 runs in nine matches.  IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

DD have good bowlers in their ranks with the likes of Imran Tahir and Nathan Coulter-Nile in their ranks. RR on the other hand have struggled to pick up wickets and it’s their batsmen who have often pulled them out of trouble on most occasions. Dhawal Kulkarni is their leading wicket-taker with seven wickets in as many games.

RR won their opening five matches in the tournament and their form has taken a dip ever since. A couple of washed out matches did not help their cause one bit. With the likes of Shane Watson, Steven Smith and James Faulkner in the side, one will only hope that it’s just a matter of time before they start firing once again. IPL 2015: Complete coverage

DD started the IPL with a couple of losses but have bounced back and seem to peak at the right time. They certainly will want to make a push for the top four and take it from there. They will look up to their skipper JP Duminy to deliver. IPL 2015’s most expensive player Yuvraj Singh is due for a big one and this might be the right time for him to step up to the plate.

A win for either team will give them the push to stake a claim to make it to the qualifier.

Squads:

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Shane Watson (c), Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ankit Nagendra Sharma, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dishant Yagnik, James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Karun Nair, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Rajat Bhatia, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith, Stuart Binny, Tim Southee, Vikramjeet Malik, Chris Morris, Juan Theron, Barinder Singh Saran, Dinesh Salunkhe, Sagar Trivedi, Pardeep Sahu.

Delhi Daredevils: JP Duminy (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Yuvraj Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Angelo Mathews, Kedar Jadhav, Imran Tahir, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Zaheer Khan, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Shami, CM Gautam, Gurinder Sandhu, Jayant Yadav, Albie Morkel, Srikar Bharat, Marcus Stoinis, Dominic Joseph Muthuswamy, Shreyas Iyer, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Karapak Jiyas, Travis Head.

Time: 20:00 IST | 02:30 GMT

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)