The Telegraph
Thursday , May 15 , 2014
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DareDevils hope to redeem pride

Ahmedabad: An out-of-sorts Delhi DareDevils will be aiming to redeem their pride when they take on Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League VII match, here, on Thursday.

Delhi DareDevils are in an awful form at the moment and are placed at the bottom of the table with only four points from 10 matches. If their performance in the UAE leg was poor — they could only win only two matches — their showing in the India leg was pathetic as they lost all the five games. With such a record, the play-off dreams for the DareDevils are as good as over. They can now only play party-poopers for teams that are fighting hard to be in the play-offs contention.

One such team is Rajasthan Royals. They are placed third in the table with 12 points and a win on Thursday will go a long way in helping them book a play-off berth. However, they will need to be careful and cannot take their place in the top-four for granted because as many as three other teams — Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders — are in the fray for a play-off berth.

Rajasthan Royals is one team who have fired in unison. They rely on team game and players have consistently put up a good show. The unheralded players have made solid contributions and the trend is likely to continue.

On the other side, nothing is working for DareDevils. On Tuesday, they were at the receiving end of Yuvraj Singh’s blistering hits and AB de Villiers’ fluent strokeplay. Their bowlers had no answer to the batsmen’s onslaught. And in the end, the target proved too mammoth for the batsmen to chase down.

DareDevils, therefore, need to ensure that batting and bowling click together along with fielding.

One factor which works for DareDevils is the presence of a very calm skipper in Kevin Pietersen, who keeps encouraging his players in the tough times. (PTI)