Daredevils hold edge over Rajasthan Royals

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Jaipur: Star-studded Delhi DareDevils will start as favorites against the hosts Rajasthan Royals in their second round IPL tie to be held at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Sunday.

Delhi though placed fourth in the table with eight points from seven matches, but they have the psychological advantage against Rajasthan Royals as they defeated them in the first match comprehensively by nine wickets. Rajasthan Royals after beating Deccan Chargers by eight wickets only last night are on top in the table with 12 points from eight matches.

DareDevils had perhaps the best attack in their ranks with the likes of  Glen McCgrath, Mohammad Asif, Farvez Maharoof and Shoaib Malik besides having a dangerous opening pair of skipper Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir followed by Shoaib Malik, AB De Villiers, Shikhar Dhawan and Karthik who can be handy with the bat.

Rajasthan Royals have the advantage of playing on their home ground. It has been proved as the lucky one for them as they have recorded victory in all the three matches they have played here so far. Ace leg-spinner and skipper Shane Warne has combined Rajasthan Royals very well and despite no big names in the team he has done wonders for the team, which was rated as underdogs prior to the start of the tournament. Warne's team morale is high after their clinical performance against Chargers on Friday.

Graeme Smith and Yousuf Pathan batted extremely well and if the opening duo goes in same vein, it should not be a matter of much worry for the team. Rajasthan Royals could depend on Shane Watson, Mohammad Kaif and young Ravindra Jadeja in the middle order.

It would be interesting to see Shane Warne versus Glen Mc Grath. Munaf Patel and Sohail Tanvir with Shane Watson would be using the new ball and they have performed well to the satisfaction of Warne so far besides Siddartha Trivedi as a change bowler also doing well.

SMS Stadium's sporting wicket provides equal advantage to the batsmen and the bowler and a good contest is on the cards.

Delhi DareDevils had arrived in the city this afternoon and might opt for practice session this evening. Rajasthan Royals will too have a practice session this evening. Both teams will be finalised before the start of the match on Sunday.


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