The Delhi Daredevils (DD) play their first home game of this edition of the Indian Premier League, as they host the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Saturday morning.

Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils

Where to Watch

The match starts at 11am BST. Live coverage is on ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD. Follow the match live, via text updates, on ESPN Cricinfo.


DD enter this game after defeat against the defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders, in the season-opening clash on Wednesday. The game saw the Knight Riders win the tie by a comfortable six-wicket margin. Delhi skipper Mahela Jayawardene was the only one to contribute with the bat, scoring 66 runs while hard-hitting Australian batsman David Warner chipped in 21. The rest failed to even reach double figures and the side from the capital crumbled for 128 after the end of 20 overs.

Delhi's problems have been compounded by news they will be without England's Kevin Pieterson for the whole tournament and New Zealand's Jesse Ryder. The good news, for the fans at least, is local boy Virender Sehwag is likely to start against Rajasthan, after the Indian opener missed Delhi's first game of the season.

The champions of the first edition of the IPL, the Royals begin their 2013 campaign on Saturday. The Rajasthan side has never managed to finish in the top four since the 2009 tournament and ended last season in seventh position with 14 points. Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has a huge task for the first game as he must ensure the perfect combination of experienced foreign players with inexperienced domestic players.

The visitors will know they need to rattle the Delhi batsmen as quickly as possible to stand a chance in this game and will look to a pace attack that includes the likes of Australians Shaun Tait and James Faulkner. The latter is making his debut and, as an all-rounder, will also be expected to contribute with the bat.

Rahul Dravid

Team News

DD: South African pacer and last season's Purple Cap holder (most wickets) Morne Morkel is ruled out for the game against the Royals. Ashish Nehra, Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan are likely to lead the Daredevils' bowling attack, while Warner and Sehwag will have the responsibility of scoring quick runs.

RR: Tait, with Faulkner and Sreesanth, are likely to lead Rajasthan's bowling attack, while Shane Watson could be bumped up the batting order, to get the runs quickly. This will mean captain Dravid will drop himself down, to ensure stability in case of a top-order collapse. Brad Hogg is likely to be the fourth foreign player in the squad.