On a high after launching their Indian Premier League III campaign on a positive note, title favourites Delhi Daredevils will be looking to carry on their winning momentum against an unpredictable Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad on Monday .
Semifinalist in the last two editions of the Twenty20 tournament, the Daredevils are desperate to better the mark this time and they began their IPL III campaign in style, beating Kings XI Punjab comprehensively by five wickets at Mohali with skipper Gautam Gambhir leading from the front.
Taming the Royals, however, would be far from a cakewalk since the Shane Warne-led side, powered by Yusuf Pathan's blistering century, nearly pulled off a stunning chase against Mumbai Indians yesterday. Gambhir, however, can rely on his bowlers who put up an impressive display yesterday, restricting Kings XI Punjab to a modest 142.
Left-arm pacer Dirk Nannes sparkled with the new ball, while Farvez Mahroof, Pradeep Sangwan, Yo Mahesh, Amit Mishra and Tillakaratne Dilshan proved decent enough to deny Kings XI a big score. On the batting front, Gambhir led from the front with a well compiled 72 while Mithun Manhas and Dinesh Karthik gave him good support at the middle-order.
To add to Rajasthan's woes, the dangerous trio of Virender Sehwag, Dilshan and AB de Villiers are due for runs, having missed on the opportunity in the opening encounter against Kings XI Punjab. PTI