XtraTime Web Desk: After facing a humiliation in their first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals will look to bounce back when they will face Delhi Daredevils in their first home match in last five years at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium tomorrow.
Both the teams lost their opening game badly and will be desparate to get back to the winning ways.
The Delhi outfit was thrashed by KL Rahul’s fastest half century of IPL when they played against Kings XI Punjab in their opening encounter.
Royals, on the other hand, could never cope with the bowling might of Sunrisers Hyderabad and went down by nine wickets in Hyderabad on Monday.
It was a rather forgettable opening for the hosts who are making a comeback in the tournament after serving a two-year suspension.
Skipper Anjikya Rahane too would like to forget the outing where he failed with the bat, missed a sitter in slips and also gambled with batting only to see a complete rout of his team.
The comfort zone of playing at home may give the desired dose of much needed confidence but the cracks exposed against Sunrisers need to be addressed quickly.
In the absence of Steve Smith, Royals’ batting looked brittle. The overseas players, including Ben Stokes, looked shaky against the spinners and the bowlers lost heart once the batsmen could put only 125 on the board.
Barring a 49 by Sanju Samson, none of the other batsmen showed any confidence nor they could build any partnerships.
The shrewd cricketing brain and mentor of the side, legendary Shane Warne, will have to lift the morale of the side and he might use the success stories of home ground to motivate his men.
The hosts have the resources with experienced overseas players and local talent under a calm and cool Rahane but they need to get their act together.
They face Daredevils who are still in shock and feel that despite doing all good, it was just Rahul’s lightning fifty which took the match away from them.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir looked good and determined during his 55 and Rishabh Pant and Morris too contributed.
They also have a good and experienced bowling side with Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris and Amit Mishra in the forefront.
The biggest factor for the Delhi Daredevils is the presence of Gambhir as skipper. He is eager to prove his prowess and leads the side with aggression.
The weather in the Pink City has been cloudy with a little bit of drizzle.
“We were hit hard by the RCA ban. Despite financial crunch we maintained the wicket and the outfield. There has not been much cricket on it but we have tried hard to sustain grass on it because it is this ingrown grass which binds the soil of the wicket,” said veteran curator Taposh Chatterjee.
“It is not the 200 run kind of wicket but 160-170 would be achievable because ball would come nicely on to the bat. The bowlers would also have something for them. They might find good bounce out of this surface,” he added.