The bottom dwellers Rajasthan Royals will take on Delhi Capitals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Sharjah, which will mark the 23rd match of the Indian premier League 2020. Both the teams come into the match with contrasting backgrounds as Delhi Capitals are having a wonderful season, having tasted defeat on only one occasion. While, Rajasthan Royals after two stunning wins to start their campaign have now been winless in their last three matches which has pushed the team to the bottom of the table.
The match against the defending champions Mumbai Indians saw once Steven Smith and Co. struggle to get going once again. MI after winning the toss notched up a score of 193 on the board. With their key players Sanju Samson and Steven Smith failing once again meant the team ended up on the losing side by a huge margin of 57 runs.
Delhi Capitals on the other hand will come into the match on the back of a dominant win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore. After winning the toss, RCB chose to chase down the score. DC with the help of Prithvi Shaw and Marcus Stoinis reached an excellent score of 196 at the Dubai International Stadium. The Capitals with bowlers of the caliber of Kagiso Rabada were not going to lose the match from there and ended up on the winning side by 59 runs.
Rajasthan Royals would be desperate to win this game and get back the momentum towards their side. Rajasthan Royals have won their both the matches played in Sharjah so far. Can they make it three out of three at Sharjah? Or will Delhi Capitals defeat RR to make it to the top of the table?
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
The conditions once again will be ideal for cricket with clear skies throughout the course of the game. Temperature is expected to be hovering around the 30 degree range which is slightly on the lower side. Humidity though is expected to be on the higher side.
The pitch in Sharjah has been a belter for the batsman and the same is expected for this match as well. No score can be considered safe in this ground as the Rajasthan Royals chase down a score of 223 against the KXIP. It promises to be a high scoring game once again.
Be prepared as the Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be set ablaze by the batsmen.
Rajasthan Royals have not reported any injuries and with Ben Stokes going through his quarantine period. The English all-rounder is expected to feature in the playing Xl as soon the quarantine is completed.
Delhi Capitals were struck by a huge blow as their key bowler Amit Mishra was ruled out of the tournament due to a finger injury. Indian all-rounder Axar Patel was played as a replacement in the match against RCB and the spinner did a wonderful job as he picked up two wickets while giving away only 18 runs.
Delhi Capitals are expected to play the same Xl that handed them a comfortable victory over the RCB.
Probable Playing Xl
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steven Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
Delhi Capitals (DC): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
RR vs DC Fantasy Team
Jos Butler(wk), Sanju Samson, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer
Captain Picks: Prithvi Shaw (DC), Shreyas Iyer (DC)
Vice- Captain Picks: Jos Butler (RR), Marcus Stoinis (DC)
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