After the long league matches the final knockout game is arrived finally and no team can relax now since a single mistake from any team will shattered their dream of winning IPL. The first semi finals between Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals will be the first clash for the title. Both team already played each other twice in the tournament and on both occasion Delhi has upper hand despite of losing one close game against Royals.
Both sides have evenly matched as well as balanced squad. But Delhi Daredevils looks more dangerous of two with the quality of bowling attack they have likes of Md. Asif and G. Mcgrath both are economical bowler as well as they can destroy any batting line up.
In batting department also Delhi daredevils have one of the most explosive opening pair in Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and if there top three batsman fires today then Rajasthan Royals may found themselves in trouble.
Both the teams have depended on their top-order to fire well and pile up a big total, and middle orders of both the sides looked a bit under-prepared when chips were down. So both teams look to get their top three quickly to gain the advantage in the match.
Sohail Tanvir with his quick arm action looks most dangerous bowler in the tournament and his figure suggest the same with 21 wickets in 10 matches. The left-armer has been outstanding both in the beginning and at the death and is a major threat that needs to be negotiated well by the Delhi batsmen who did not play against him in the previous two clashes.
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Gautam Gambhir: He is the second highest run getter of IPL and he would like to snatch the orange cap from Kings XI Punjab dashing left hander S.Marsh. It will be great occasion if he able to achieve the same for his team in the big 1st semi finals against one of the strongest team of the tournament.
Y.Pathan and S.Watson: Both has performed more than what was expected from these two in the IPL and both have shown what they are capable of. If both get goings then they can turn the match in their team favor.
Pitch at Wankhede stadium will support the spinner so any score between 170 to180 will be defendable. The team winning the toss would like to bat first and set the target to the opposition in the pressure match like this.
With Md. Asif declared fit after an injury so Delhi Daredevils will be keen to include him in the playing XI. By seeing at the pitch Amit Mishra also get chance to play in today’s match. On the other hand Rajasthan Royals will be with their full strength squad with Shane Warne, Sohail Tanvir, G.Smith and S.Asnodhkar will be back into the final XI.
Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from 20:00 PM India time)
Delhi Daredevils: V.Sehwag (Captain), G.Gambhir, S.Dhawan, T.Dilshan, M.Tiwary, F.Mehroof, D.Karthik (WK), A.Mishra, Yo Mahesh, Md. Asif, G.Mcgrath.
Rajasthan Royals: G.Smith, S.Asnodhkar, Y.Pathan, S.Watson, R.Jadeja, N.Patel, M.Rawat (WK), S.Warne (Captain), S.Trivedi, S.Tanvir, M.Patel.