Rajasthan lost a good chance to move up the table as they were playing well against Chennai Super Kings in the last match. Rajasthan lost the wicket of captain Shane Watson at a crucial time and hence could not put up a formidable total against a deep Chennai batting lie-up. However, they will be happy to play their next game at Ahmedabad against a struggling Delhi Daredevils. Delhi lost their last match against Bangalore without putting up too much of a fight. J.P. Duminy was once again the star batsmen but no one other than him was willing to bat sensibly.
Delhi will try one last time against Rajasthan and if they lose there will be no coming back for them. They are almost out of the tournament and a loss will make it official. Delhi will already be on the back foot as they are playing away from home without any of their batsmen in form. They spent heavily on Pietersen and Karthik but none of them have done well in the tournament. The batting position of Duminy has been a hot topic and we might see him bat up the order finally in order to stabilize the Delhi batting.
The latest import for Delhi, Imran Tahir has also failed to make an impact. This has been a forgetful year for them even though they promised a lot on paper at the start of the tournament. A brittle batting lin-up against the likes of Tambe, Watson, Faulkner does not inspire too much confidence. The only thing Delhi can do is play spoilsport for some of the other teams vying to get into the play-offs. Rajasthan is one of the contenders to make it to the top two if they string together a series of wins.
Rajasthan is in a good position but will not take Delhi lightly as other teams are closing in on the third spot held by the team currently. Pietersen looked in some form against Bangalore so Rajasthan will make plans for him. A win against Delhi will be ideal to help get closer to the top two positions which provide an added advantage in the knockout stage. Rajasthan made a couple of strange selections by bringing in Yagnik for Sanju Samson in the last game. Samson is expected to make a comeback in this game and provide the early impetus to the team as he has been doing so far. A win for Rajasthan is definitely on the cards in this match.
Rajasthan Royals – 1.66 @ Bet365