IPL 2018, DD vs RR, Floundering Delhi Daredevils’ near last-ditch attempt at home

Delhi Daredevils, who will be happier coming back home after their defeat in Pune, need to win all their remaining six matches. Or at least five of them. If they do manage to make this match one of those five or six, it will leave their opponents Rajasthan Royals in a similar situation. They still sit at less than 50% success rate, with three wins in seven matches. A win for Royals will put them at No. 4 alongside Kolkata Knight Riders, and make them genuine contenders to make the playoffs. Needless to say, margin for error for either side is minimal.

Daredevils are only just recovering from what turned out to be a mistake: having Gautam Gambhir as captain and opening batsman. The rejigged side after his stepping down looks a bigger threat to the opposition. Royals themselves are benefitting from Jofra Archer’s inclusion two matches ago. Both the sides will love a match-winning effort from their big overseas buys. Daredevils’ Glenn Maxwell and Royals’ Jos Buttler have scored 126 and 120 runs respectively in seven matches, which is not what the sides bargained for.

Probable Playing XI

Delhi Daredevils: Colin Munro,  Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (capt), Rishabh Pant (wk),  Glenn Maxwell,  Vijay Shankar,  Rahul Tewatia,  Liam Plunkett,  Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (capt),  Rahul Tripathi,  Sanju Samson,  Ben Stokes,  Jos Buttler (wk), Mahipal Lomror, K Gowtham,  Jofra Archer,  Dhawal Kulkarni,  Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat

Do you know ?

  • Daredevils last beat Royals in 2012, and have lost to them seven times since then
  • Royals’ specialist overseas batsmen have the worst strike rate among all teams this year: 116.4
  • Amit Mishra has bowled almost exclusively in the middle overs, going at an excellent economy rate of 6.7
  • Avesh Khan has bowled only seven Powerplay overs so far, but he boasts a good economy rate of 7.1
  • Jofra Archer comes into the match with a death-overs economy rate of 4.8 in this IPL. He has bowled only four overs in the stage, but in finding a way to score runs off him lies a big challenge for Daredevils

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