Preview: Faced with an imminent danger of losing the race to the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs, bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils now face an uphill task of treating each game as a virtual knock-out as they prepare to host an inconsistent Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. At the same time, Rajasthan Royals have 6 points from 8 matches, and the team would like to keep the playoffs run easy by winning this match.
The match will take place at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
Rajasthan have it slightly better with three wins from seven games, but a defeat in this game will make their task rather hard too.
But Monday's 13-run loss to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Pune nearly dashed all hopes of a comeback as Delhi succumbed to their sixth loss in eight games and now need to win all their remaining matches to salvage any hopes of staying alive in the tournament.
After Gautam Gambhir stepped down as captain following a string of losses, Iyer was left with the responsibility of guiding the team to the playoffs and the young skipper did score a 40-ball unbeaten 93 to power his side to a massive 55-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders to renew hopes of a turnaround. Experienced Colin Munro and Prithvi Shaw, will need to show big stroke in the game.
Newly-appointed Shreyas Iyer is under vast pressure to get his team back to winning ways after a mixed response post his appointment as the skipper of the side.
Jofra Archer will be another x-factor in RR's setup if the visitors are to once again upset the last-placed team.
The Ajinkya Rahane led Rajasthan Royals have had somewhat a see-saw season this time. Lack of runs from Jos Buttler and the indifferent form of Ben Stokes have hurt the Royals bad. But RR's spinners Shreyas Gopal and K Gowtham failed to bother the batsmen much, taking five wickets each.
The live coverage will start from 8:00 PM IST on the #Star Sports HD with Hindi and English commentary and the online stream can be enjoyed on Hotstar.com.