The 7th match of the tournament would see Rajasthan Royals take on Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on Thursday. The Delhi franchise has made a fast start to their campaign defeating Chennai Super Kings in dominant fashion without breaking much sweat. While Sanju Samson led Rajasthan Royals fought tooth and nail and yet was not able to cross the line.
When these two teams went head to head last year, Delhi Capitals won both games owing to some spectacular team performances. Meeting 22 times in the past, the tie stands in a balance with each side winning 11 times each. Both teams will be keen to get a win under their belt considering this fierce rivalry.
Will Delhi continue to exert their recent dominance with a victory? Or can Sanju Samson and co this time finish the job and kickstart their campaign.
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Head to Head
Matches Played: 22, RR: 11, DC: 11
Ideal conditions for cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. With temperatures expected to be hovering around 27 - 34 degrees celsius and humidity at its peak is likely to touch the 53% mark.
The previous two matches played in the Wankhede Stadium played so far have shown the strip is absolute heaven for batting. With short boundaries and the ball coming onto the bat nicely, batsmen will be expected to score runs on plenty. A high-scoring game is on the cards.
After the withdrawal of Jofra Archer due to an elbow injury, Rajasthan Royals has been dealt another huge blow with the broken finger injury sustained by Ben Stokes in the first match that has ruled him out for the season. Some good news coming to the side is that of Jofra Archer being cleared to train after completing rehab following his injury.
This match would see the return of Kagiso Rabada as the proteas spearhead has completed the quarantine period. Though in the latest turn of events, his bowling partner Anrich Nortje was tested positive for the virus and he is likely to miss at least two weeks of the action. With Axar Patel still recovering from Covid-19, Amit Mishra looks a certainty in the playing Xl.
Probable Playing XI
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Liam Livingstone/David Miller, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (C & wk), Jos Buttler, Shivam Dube, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Chris Morris, Mustafizu Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Risabh Pant (C & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetymer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Chris Woakes, Avesh Khan
Carrying over his exceptional form from Vijay Hazare, Prithvi Shaw has carried over his form into the IPL. Same to be said of Shikhar Dawan, who looks to not have missed a beat scoring freely, Sanju Samson and Chetan Sakariya are other must-haves in your team.
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