Delhi Capitals take on Rajasthan Royals within a week’s time again as IPL enters in its latter half. This will mark the 30th game of the tournament. The venue for the game is Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai and the game is scheduled to be played on October 14. The last time the two sides met, Rajasthan Royals were poor in both the departments and handed Delhi an easy win.
It was the 23rd game of the tournament and Delhi had put up a score of 184 for the loss of eight wickets at Sharjah. It was courtesy of Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer who scored 39 and 45 runs, being the second-highest and highest scorers for Delhi respectively.
Rajasthan had a comparatively better start but they were completely dismantled between the 10th-12th overs and that led to the team losing the entire strength to chase a total that was achievable considering the reputation of the games played at Sharjah.
Just like last time, the teams will enter the game with different mindsets as Delhi lost their last game against Mumbai in a very unconvincing fashion, as Mumbai barely had any problems while chasing. On the contrary, Rajasthan fought very hard for their victory and Rahul Tewatia was the man again for Steve Smith’s side.
Rajasthan are currently sixth and will look to climb further up after their recent triumph, while Delhi would also want to get back to winning ways as Royal Challengers Bangalore are just around their neck with 10 points.
The battle for making it to the playoffs is getting intense day-by-day and it will be intriguing to see which team comes on top.
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
The conditions are good to go for cricket and there are barely any chances of rain. It will be pleasant around as the temperature is expected to be on the lower side (30 degrees or below) and humidity is also expected to be around 55%.
The pitch will be fantastic to bat on and it has been quite evident as the tournament progressed. Spinners though will still have an important go on the game and a tight spell or two will be enough to turn the game on its head. The balls have been holding up more often than usual and it has managed to spoil the rhythm of the batsmen irrespective of the team he has spent on the crease.
The dew will be present and it may or may not play a key role in the game towards the end.
Delhi Capitals may stick to the XI that featured against Mumbai Indians. But due to uncertainties in both the departments, Shreyas Iyer and Co. may also get back and come back with the XI that played in their win against RR in their last encounter.
That will mean the inclusion of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer back in the squad and Ajinkya Rahane and the Australian, Alex Carey will have to wait more or hope to get picked in the IPL trade that commences from today.
Rajasthan Royals would be determined to get back on the field with the same XI that won against Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes will be expected to do more as the lower middle-order will not do wonders for them all the time. Luck may not favor them always and thus, the top order has to inflict more impact on the game.
Questions have been increasing about the replacement of Yashasvi Jaiswal, who has not had the best tournaments yet and he may be dropped again.
Probable Playing XI
Delhi Capitals (DC): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant/Alex Carey (WK), Shimron Hetmyer/Ajinkya Rahane, Marcus Stoinis, Harshal Patel, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anrich Nortje.
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa/Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat.
DC VS RR Fantasy Team
Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Marcus Stoinis, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada (VC).
Captain Picks: Shreyas Iyer (DC), Marcus Stoinis (DC)
Vice-captain Picks: Kagiso Rabada (DC), Ben Stokes (RR)
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