IPL 2010 Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils
Rajasthan’s campaign meandered and ultimately faltered last year after they failed to get early wins under their belt and that’s the reason Shane Warne is pressing for them to get back on track at once. Delhi have had great starts every time, building up momentum en route the final only to be derailed in the semis.
Yusuf Pathan’s form will be a major source of worry for Delhi, they will have to save their best bowler Dirk Nannes for him but risk exposing the rest of the bowlers to Graeme Smith who looked good in his knock against Mumbai. Paras Dogra shifted gears beautifully during the chase against Mumbai while Jhunjhunwala’s experience in the format makes him invaluable. Asnodkar might be dropped to accommodate Munaf Patel with Ojha moving up to the opening slot while Mascarenhas could make way for Damien Martyn.
Rajasthan’s bowling has to worry about a long line of explosive batsmen beginning with Sehwag and Gambhir followed by de Villiers, Dilshan, Karthik, Manhas, Maharoof/Warner. It’s a list dangerous enough to give Tait another nervous breakdown and the burly Australian might just be replaced by Morne Morkel in the RR bowling set up. If the pitch is anything like the extra dead pitch we saw in the series against South Africa the really fast bowlers might only end up serving cannon fodder.
It’s a day for the batsmen and I expect big sixes from Pathan’s deranged consistently, successfully big hitting split personality which appears when he plays in the IPL and mysteriously disappears when he turns out for India. The combined firepower of Sehwag and company could run riot too while Asnodkar and Ojha remain the wild cards here.