DD skipper Mahela is ringing in the bowling changes but Irfan Pathan returns only to be smacked down the ground by Dravid for his fourth boundary in the 11th over.
Sloppy fielding by Daredevils brings a welcome boundary for RR via a misfield as the 50 partnership for the second wicket between Rahane (25) and Dravid (27) comes off 42 balls.
Rahane has cracked consecutive boundaries in the ninth over smashed Russell back past the bowler and back cutting to third man.
Spin introduced for the first time as left armer spinner Nadeem comes into the attack with RR 50-1 after 7 overs.
Rajasthan are off to a steady start having made 45 for the loss of Kusal in the Powerplay overs with Dravid and Rahane on double figures.
Dravid have moved into double figures with his second boundary cutting Russell to point.
Dravid has opened his account with a streaky boundary off Nehra in the fourth over.
Kusal is deceived by a slower delivery scooping it straight to Irfan Pathan at wide mid off.
K Perera c Pathan b Yadav 14 (12b 3×4 0x6)
Kusal has cracked consecutive boundaries off Yadav hooking to square leg and smashing him through the covers in the third over.
Kusal gets an early life slashing at Yadav which flew off a thick outside edge with Botha getting his finger to it but failing to hold on.
Umesh Yadav into the attack replacing Irfan who bowled just one over.
Rahane opens his account with a boundary off Nehra with a wristy stroke to midwicket in the second over.
Nehra opens from the other end wrapping Perera on his pads.
Rahane finally gets the strike after Kusal takes a single.
Kusal has lived up to his billing swinging the third delivery of the match from Irfan Pathan to mid on for the first boundary of the innings.
He has been prolific for Sri Lanka scoring 816 runs in his last seven innings.
All eyes on talented youngster Kusal Perera who is being talked in the same breath as Sri Lanka’s master blaster Sanath Jayasuriya.
It’s a warm afternoon in Delhi as the umpires walk out to the middle.
Exciting Sri Lankan opener Kusal Janith Perera will make his IPL debut being one of four overseas players for RR. The others are Brad Hodge, Samuel Badree, and Kevon Cooper.
West Indian Badree is the other IPL debutant.
The four overseas players for DD are skipper Mahela, Warner, Russell and Johan Botha.
DD – Unmukt Chand, David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Naman Ojha, Johan Botha, Andre Russell, Irfan Pathan, Manpreet Juneja, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ashish Nehra, Umesh Yadav
RR – Rahul Dravid (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodge, Kusal Perera, Stuart Binny, Ashok Menaria, Kevon Cooper, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Rahul Shukla, Samuel Badree, Siddarth Trivedi
Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and opted to bat first.
Delhi Daredevils (DD) will aim to bounce back after losing the opening match against defending chamions Kolkata Knight Riders when they host Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Game 4 of IPL6 at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Saturday.
The Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the IPL, but haven’t been able to reproduce that form in four seasons since, struggling to even finish among the top four teams.
The Daredevils, sans the dashing Virender Sehwag in their line-up, looked out of sorts and lacked the firepower in the opening game managing only 128 runs on a slow Eden Gardens track.
The good news for Daredevils is Sehwag is expected to be back for the next match, according to skipper Jayawardene.
Delhi Daredevils – M Jayawardene (captain), M Juneja, A Agarkar, G Bodi, J Botha, U Chand, R Dias, C Gautam, K Jadhav, S Kaul, J Mendis, M Morkel, S Nadeem, Y Nagar, S Nayak, P Negi, A Nehra, N Ojha (wk), I Pathan, B Rohrer, A Russell, V Sehwag, A Singhvi, R van der Merwe, Y Venugopal Rao, D Warner, U Yadav
Rajasthan Royals – R Dravid (captain), S Badree, S Binny, K Boresa, A Chandila, A Chavan, K Cooper, F Edwards, J Faulkner, S Goswami, Harmeet Singh, B Hodge, G Hogg, V Malik, A Menaria, K Perera, A Rahane, Sachin Baby, S Samson, O Shah, R Shukla, A Singh, S Sreesanth, S Tait, P Tambe, S Trivedi, S Watson, D Yagnik