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Undercooked Rajasthan meet in-form Delhi
27 April 2009, 5:42 pm



Match facts

April 28, 2009

Start time 16.45pm (14.45GMT)

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The Centurion leg of the IPL begins on Tuesday and the first match at Supersport Park features teams in different halves of the league. Delhi Daredevils won three out of three games and are currently in second spot, behind Deccan Chargers who won all of their four matches. Last year's champions Rajasthan Royals are second from bottom with only one win - after a Super Over against Kolkata Knight Riders - from four games and will be underdogs against a formidable Delhi side.

Delhi have almost no worries with any disciplines of their game. Their bowlers have struck form: Dirk Nannes proved a handful with the new ball with his skiddy pace while the spin duo of Daniel Vettori and Amit Mishra succeeded in stalling Bangalore Royal Challengers in the last game. Delhi's strength is their powerful top-order and at least one batsman has come good in every game to ensure victory. A minor worry, though, is the form of Gautam Gambhir who is yet to make a contribution to Delhi's campaign.

Rajasthan's two defeats so far have been because of batting collapses: they folded for 58 against Bangalore and 112 against Kings XI Punjab. They are missing Shane Watson's contributions with the bat and Graeme Smith has been in poor form this season. They've had to rely on Yusuf Pathan for big hits and the lack of depth - Dimitri Mascarenhas and Ravindra Jadeja are a spot too high at Nos 5 and 6 - is hurting them.

Form guide

Delhi: Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers have 117 and 126 runs respectively at strike-rates of over 150 from two innings. Gambhir, however, has only 31 runs from three matches. Vettori is their leading wicket-taker with six wickets and an economy-rate of just over seven while Mishra impressed with 1 for 19 in his only game.

Rajasthan: That Shane Warne has the best batting average - 39.00 - among the Rajasthan batsman says a lot about how poor the rest have been. Smith has scored only 19 runs in three innings. Left-arm fast bowler Kamran Khan has been their best bowler with five wickets and an economy-rate of only 4.90.

Watch out for

Tillakaratne Dilshan: The pre-tournament talk regarding Delhi's batting revolved around their exciting new signing, David Warner, and a few people were surprised when Dilshan was selected ahead of the Australian in the XI. Dilshan, however, has played two vital innings which helped Delhi recover from losing their openers cheaply.

Team news

Delhi have lost Manoj Tiwary to injury and replaced him with Mithun Manhas, who held his nerve during a tense finish against Bangalore. Mishra, who was also brought in for the last game, is likely to retain his place unless the conditions in Centurion are extremely seamer friendly.

Delhi: 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag (capt), 3 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Mithun Manhas, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Daniel Vettori, 8 Dirk Nannes, 9 Pradeep Sangwan, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Ashish Nehra.

After the defeat against Punjab, Warne said that they would make changes to the top-order but it's hard to predict what those changes will be. Tyron Henderson and Lee Carseldine are options but Rajasthan have few strong players on the bench to pick from.

Rajasthan: 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Swapnil Asnodkar, 3 Rob Quiney/Tyron Henderson/Lee Carseldine, 4 Yusuf Pathan, 5 Dimitri Mascarenhas, 6 Ravindra Jedeja, 7 Shane Warne (capt), 8 Mahesh Rawat (wk), 9 Abhishek Raut, 10 Kamran Khan, 11 Munaf Patel.

Head-to-head record

Delhi and Rajasthan played each other thrice last season. Delhi won the first encounter easily by nine wickets,  but lost the next two. Rajasthan clinched a home victory by three wickets in the second league game before winning the semi-final by a whopping 105 runs in Mumbai.

George Binoy is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo



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this one's going to be a massacre!!!!

of the darrdevils!
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Hehe ...last time around DD massacred RR in the first game ...9 wicket win. But RR bounced back. Lets see how it goes this time.

I feel if RR can just hold on and grab another victory before Watson comes back, they'll stand a good chance. They are meeting DD, DC and CSK before that. I think the DD and DC games do not matter that much coz everyone's losing to them. The one against CSK is crucial though as these two teams appear locked - they would have wanted this to happen after Watson joins them.
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Hehe ...last time around DD massacred RR in the first game ...9 wicket win. But RR bounced back. Lets see how it goes this time.

I feel if RR can just hold on and grab another victory before Watson comes back, they'll stand a good chance. They are meeting DD, DC and CSK before that. I think the DD and DC games do not matter that much coz everyone's losing to them. The one against CSK is crucial though as these two teams appear locked - they would have wanted this to happen after Watson joins them.

heh hee ...... I wish RR all the best for winning games .... AFTER the DD game that is.

I am shooting for a 1 - 0 game ... that is get RR out for zero and have gambhir take a single to take us to victory.

after this game we can all support RR again (my son now has a RR and a Knight Rider shirt) :)
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Hehe ...last time around DD massacred RR in the first game ...9 wicket win. But RR bounced back. Lets see how it goes this time.

I feel if RR can just hold on and grab another victory before Watson comes back, they'll stand a good chance. They are meeting DD, DC and CSK before that. I think the DD and DC games do not matter that much coz everyone's losing to them. The one against CSK is crucial though as these two teams appear locked - they would have wanted this to happen after Watson joins them.

heh hee ...... I wish RR all the best for winning games .... AFTER the DD game that is.

I am shooting for a 1 - 0 game ... that is get RR out for zero and have gambhir take a single to take us to victory.

after this game we can all support RR again (my son now has a RR and a Knight Rider shirt) :)

WHERE are you getting these jerseys?!
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Hehe ...last time around DD massacred RR in the first game ...9 wicket win. But RR bounced back. Lets see how it goes this time.

I feel if RR can just hold on and grab another victory before Watson comes back, they'll stand a good chance. They are meeting DD, DC and CSK before that. I think the DD and DC games do not matter that much coz everyone's losing to them. The one against CSK is crucial though as these two teams appear locked - they would have wanted this to happen after Watson joins them.

heh hee ...... I wish RR all the best for winning games .... AFTER the DD game that is.

I am shooting for a 1 - 0 game ... that is get RR out for zero and have gambhir take a single to take us to victory.

after this game we can all support RR again (my son now has a RR and a Knight Rider shirt) :)

WHERE are you getting these jerseys?!

ask Dlee1 . He was kind enough to get the KKR one :)

RR  was bought last summer in a mall in Delhi
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Hehe ...last time around DD massacred RR in the first game ...9 wicket win. But RR bounced back. Lets see how it goes this time.

I feel if RR can just hold on and grab another victory before Watson comes back, they'll stand a good chance. They are meeting DD, DC and CSK before that. I think the DD and DC games do not matter that much coz everyone's losing to them. The one against CSK is crucial though as these two teams appear locked - they would have wanted this to happen after Watson joins them.

heh hee ...... I wish RR all the best for winning games .... AFTER the DD game that is.

I am shooting for a 1 - 0 game ... that is get RR out for zero and have gambhir take a single to take us to victory.

after this game we can all support RR again (my son now has a RR and a Knight Rider shirt) :)

WHERE are you getting these jerseys?!

ask Dlee1 . He was kind enough to get the KKR one :)

RR  was bought last summer in a mall in Delhi

fkng royals charge $80 PER item for shipping.
so i ordered 3 or 4 things and the total came to $280 :D for SHIPPING
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Any one of the bottom teams would want to beat a top team to pull away from the others and create a buffer ..else it becomes a straight fight between them with no insurance against the odd failure.
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Hehe ...last time around DD massacred RR in the first game ...9 wicket win. But RR bounced back. Lets see how it goes this time.

I feel if RR can just hold on and grab another victory before Watson comes back, they'll stand a good chance. They are meeting DD, DC and CSK before that. I think the DD and DC games do not matter that much coz everyone's losing to them. The one against CSK is crucial though as these two teams appear locked - they would have wanted this to happen after Watson joins them.

heh hee ...... I wish RR all the best for winning games .... AFTER the DD game that is.

I am shooting for a 1 - 0 game ... that is get RR out for zero and have gambhir take a single to take us to victory.

after this game we can all support RR again (my son now has a RR and a Knight Rider shirt) :)

WHERE are you getting these jerseys?!

ask Dlee1 . He was kind enough to get the KKR one :)

RR  was bought last summer in a mall in Delhi

fkng royals charge $80 PER item for shipping.
so i ordered 3 or 4 things and the total came to $280 :D for SHIPPING

thats not American dollars is it?

Well someone needs to fund Warne's doping :)
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Uff ....DD wins toss and bat ..we have another bloodbath ahead of us!
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Any one of the bottom teams would want to beat a top team to pull away from the others and create a buffer ..else it becomes a straight fight between them with no insurance against the odd failure.
Sooner or later that is going to happen, I think 3-4 upsets are on cards.

All you need is YP and Mascara click in this one an put 100 runs together. Or Asnodkar get a quickfire 30 setting the momentum, to be followed by rest.
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Delhi to bat. VS and GG are doe for a big one.
Will Warnie outwit VS and GG and let them play to their stregth again opening with YP. Remeber Vetorri had applied this tactics and got VS out using his strenth to be his weakness, inviting him for shots at his pet  area and kepping fielders there.
Or Will VS take confidence out of Mascara and Kamran.
another 19 minutes we will find out. 
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Just for the heck of it, If Pickem does not like my numbers, my prediction si 177-165 in favor of Delhi
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On the other news, Trevor Chesterfield writing in Cricketnext.com says that Kamran Khan chucks when bowling and IPL is following the ICC standard.
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Kamran v/s Sehwag will be a good one. Lets see how he does against some of the better batsmen.
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Well the ICC standard is the standard to follow, isn't it? I guess Trevor has still not come to terms with the 15 degree flex bit.
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On the other news, Trevor Chesterfield writing in Cricketnext.com says that Kamran Khan chucks when bowling and IPL is following the ICC standard.

Well the ICC standard is the standard to follow, isn't it? I guess Trevor has still not come to terms with the 15 degree flex bit.
it definitely looks like a chuck.. I noticed the first time i saw him bowling..
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On the other news, Trevor Chesterfield writing in Cricketnext.com says that Kamran Khan chucks when bowling and IPL is following the ICC standard.

Well the ICC standard is the standard to follow, isn't it? I guess Trevor has still not come to terms with the 15 degree flex bit.
it definitely looks like a chuck.. I noticed the first time i saw him bowling..

 ??? 15 degree flex?
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interesting. Slow start from DD. Only 15 runs in 2 overs.

a four of the first ball of the third over
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gg's poor form in IPL continues
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as does Shewags stupidity
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purely on cricketing terms, i think IPL 2 has been a better contest between bat and ball.
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purely on cricketing terms, i think IPL 2 has been a better contest between bat and ball.

Agree. It makes it interesting.

I wish the teams were well matched too. At the beginning of the tournament, it did look as if teams are better matched this year. But suddenly Rajasthan lost a few players, KKR started having their own problems and BRC decided to chop and change their combination at the first loss itself. Else we would have had a much tighter fight for the semifinal slots.
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Munaf gets Dilshan ...get Devil now and the Delhi Underbelly will be exposed!

But all of this will come to naught if RR continues losing wickets at the rate of one per over.

I think Warne may do an Imran and come in at No 3/4 to hold up one end.
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3 down.. the big q is - what is the total RR can chase down? 100, 120, 140? They do not have any batting to speak of this year
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KKD made to look like a fool by the wily fox ! 4 down
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Shewag is a h a r a m i

what a effing idiot!

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If RR pull this off, it will be a big boost for them. They would have beaten one of the frontliners plus they have some breathing room till Watson joins them.

Watson will allow them the luxury of playing an added batsman / bowler.
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Shewag is a h a r a m i

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If RR pull this off, it will be a big boost for them. They would have beaten one of the frontliners plus they have some breathing room till Watson joins them.

Watson will allow them the luxury of playing an added batsman / bowler.
They should .. for the sake of making IPL more interesting.
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They are still getting runs at a reasonable pace ...at least good enough for the RR line up
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KKD made to look like a fool by the wily fox ! 4 down

Kakadi is a born fool. Should be kept away from the Indian team for years to come
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If RR pull this off, it will be a big boost for them. They would have beaten one of the frontliners plus they have some breathing room till Watson joins them.

Watson will allow them the luxury of playing an added batsman / bowler.
They should .. for the sake of making IPL more interesting.
Not sure.. GS needs to fire today. he should spend time in the middle
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OMG, caught in slips of a no-ball. MP idiocy continues
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Is this the first match in which KK has gone for over 6 RPO?
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Shane warne is a wizzard. The damn guy is tossing the ball up. More air I have seen given to the ball than even in tests by anyone else!!!
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Is Shane Warne ruing his decision to send Kaif home?
He might have helped a bit in the middle order.
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