Rajasthan will try to pick themselves up from the unexpected one-run defeat to Delhi at the Kotla on Sunday.
Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals will try to pick themselves up from that hard-to-digest, one-run defeat at the hands of Delhi Daredevils on Sunday and put one past a rampaging Delhi Daredevils when they host their north-Indian neighbours in the home leg of the Indian Premier League at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Tuesday.
Delhi broke Rajasthan's heart in that close match at the Feroz Shah Kotla, when the visitors were in control of the run-chase until the 19th over. Needing just 15 off the last 12 balls, Morkel turned the tables on Rajasthan by dismissing Brad Hodge in the penultimate over, giving away just three runs. Orange Cap-holder Ajinkya Rahane, who played another sublime innings of 84 not out, was left to lick his wounds when Owais Shah was run out off the last ball of the match.
But the hosts will have to put it behind them while doing not much different than what they did at the Kotla, where they restricted Delhi's powerful batting line-up to 151 and chased well until messing it up in the last two overs.
Australia opener Shane Watson, who in all probability will join the Rajasthan camp on Tuesday morning, is expected to bat at No. 3 since Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane have been doing the job as openers. And since the hosts have lost three matches on the trot, they will hope Watson brings some good fortune with him.
Brad Hodge, Owais Shah and Ashok Menaria have given a good account of themselves so far but need to click together to avoid the kind of mess-up Rajasthan suffered against Delhi. The only concern for Dravid remains the batting of wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami, but in all fairness he hasn't got enough time in the middle to prove his credentials.
On the bowling front, Kevon Cooper and Siddharth Trivedi are the only consistent performers, while Pankaj Singh has bowled well in patches. So Dravid will want his bowlers as well to strike together to end the team's losing run.
Meanwhile, Delhi are in an altogether different zone than the other eight teams. Sitting at the top with 14 points from nine matches, Delhi will have the services of Kevin Pietersen for the last time this season, as their impact man will be flying back home for England's Test series. So David Warner, who, like Watson, is expected to join Delhi by Tuesday, will have time to get acclimatised before playing his first game this season after Pietersen returns home.
There are no worries for Delhi in bowling as well, with Morne Morkel's purple patch continuing and the rest, especially Umesh Yadav and Shahbaz Nadeem, supporting him well.
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Rahul Dravid (c), 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Owais Shah, 5 Shreevats Goswami (wk), 6 Ashok Menaria, 7 Kevon Cooper, 8 Brad Hogg, 9 Ankeet Chavan, 10 Pankaj Singh, 11 Amit Singh
Delhi Daredevils: 1 Mahela Jayawardene, 2 Virender Sehwag (c), 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Yogesh Nagar, 6 Naman Ojha (wk), 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Ajit Agarkar, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Shahbaz Nadeem