IPL 7 23rd match DD Vs RR: Delhi Daredevils Vs Rajasthan Royals, Live scores, 03 May, 2014
Match Teams: Delhi Daredevils Vs Rajasthan Royals
Match Venue: Played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time:20:00 local time (14:30 GMT) (8:00 PM IST)
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Delhi Daredevils W L L W L
Rajasthan Royals W W L L W
Steven Smith faced three balls in a Super Over scenario and never once did he slog. Even when burdened with the match on his shoulders. His response to pressure coupled with swift feet and hectic disposition at the crease means he is suited to finish an innings - his current job - or resurrect one.
Rajasthan Royals have strangled their oppositions in the Powerplay. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders were kept to under six an over and their slew of slower bowlers take over from there on. Quinton de Kock has the advantage of fast hands and isn't shy of taking risks for the run-rate. Daredevils will hope his progress early on is as smooth as possible and Royals' grip never takes hold.
Pietersen has not yet had a massive innings, but a return to familiar haunts - he strikes at 152.76 and has an IPL century at Feroz Shah Kotla - should provide encouragement. A vestige of rustiness has hampered him, notably early in his innings, but should he break the cobwebs, he poses a threat along with an in-form JP Duminy.
Rajasthan Royals have stuck to a familiar blueprint - an efficient set of batsmen who are certain of their roles and ability, backed up by a motley crew of bowlers who trust their armoury of variation to restrict the opposition. Aside from a shellacking by Maxwell, they have limited oppositions below eight an over comfortably. Against a Daredevils line-up that is yet to find it's groove that record might not be in much danger. Although Shane Watson and co have shown they have enough muscle in the batting and their think-tank knows just how to utilise it.
Kevin Pietersen averages 36 in T20 cricket when he is not captain, but when at the helm it dips to 19.
James Faulkner's strike rate of 13.70 is the best among players who have played more than 20 IPL matches.