New Delhi, April 11: Hoping to end their 10-match losing streak in the IPL tournament, Delhi Daredevils will look to turn their fortunes around on home turf when they take on an upbeat Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla here tomorrow.
Notwithstanding their one-run opening game loss to Chennai Super Kings, the Jean-Paul Duminy-led side has shown ample courage with their new-look squad in this edition of the cash-rich league.
Even though Delhi batting showed gaping holes in their 151-run chase at Chepauk, Albie Morkel struck an unbeaten 55-ball 73 to take the team to touching distance of a win.
The bowling also showed muscle with new-ball bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile bagging three wickets to check the CSK surge. But the tournament's biggest buy, Yuvraj Singh will really have to stand up and deliver to give Delhi the much-needed impetus.
The spinners - Imran Tahir, Duminy and Amit Mishra - though have bowled with a lot of heart and the trio will once again be looking to turn things around in front of their home crowd.
It will also be interesting to see if veteran pacer Zaheer Khan, who has been struggling with his fitness, takes field in the Sunday clash. Having lost nine straight games in the previous edition, Delhi started this season with another defeat but would have taken some heart after giving a tough time to two-time champions CSK.
Pleased with his teams bowling show against MS Dhoni's side, Duminy said that they will have to asses and maximize player utility.
"I was pretty happy with the way we went with the ball. Yes, there is learning. Whether we need to re-shuffle or maximize player potential in batting line-up, we'll see. We have to asses it game by game and see what is going to be our strategy in terms of conditions we are going to face. We will have to maximize the powerplay and see how it goes," Duminy had said after the match.
Delhi Daredevils: JP Duminy (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Imran Tahir, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Angelo Mathews, Gurinder Sandhu, Travis Head, Albie Morkel, Markus Stoinis, Kedar Jadhav, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Jaidev Unadkat, Zaheer Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Saurabh Tiwary, Jayant Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, CM Gautam (wicketkeeper), Srikar Bharat, KK Jiyas, Domnic Joseph.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (captain), Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ankit Nagendra Sharma, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dishant Yagnik, James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Karun Nair, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Rajat Bhatia, Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Steve Smith, Stuart Binny, Tim Southee, Vikramjeet Malik, Chris Morris, Juan Theron, Barinder Singh Saran, Dinesh Salunkhe, Sagar Trivedi, Pardeep Sahu.
Match starts 4 PM IST
Also playing on Sunday - Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai at 8 PM IST