RR vs DC: Match 40 of the IPL will see Rajasthan Royals hosting Delhi Capitals, at Sawai Maan Singh Stadium in Jaipur on April 22. A confident Delhi Capitals will be eyeing for a victory against the RR, while the Pink Brigade, now led by Steve Smith, will look to register more points.
Delhi Capitals are in their best form currently with 4 wins out the previous 5 matches played. They are currently ranked 3rd in the standings, with 12 points to their name. While RR had a rather disappointing start to their season, the return of Steve Smith as their captain might turn their fortunes. Under Steve Smith, RR conquered Mumbai Indians (MI), with a 5-wicket victory. With both teams looking strong, it will be interesting to see who will end up dominating.
While DC sits comfortably at the No.3 rank in the points table, RR is still struggling with just 3 wins out of their 9 matches. Hence, RR will be playing with extra baggage of pressure, as they are circling around the do-or-die situation.
RR can seek their confidence from their previous game against the MI. Also, the change in their leadership might also add to it, as Steve Smith has a remarkable career as a captain. The match is also being played on their home ground, and the home team should make the most of it. But RR needs a lot to focus on their players. With their star opener Jos Buttler’s absence in tomorrow’s game and ex-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form, RR should now be shrewd while choosing their playing XI.
While RR could fancy their chances to register a win against Delhi Capitals, they will be aware of DC’s exceptional away-record. DC have won 4 out of 5 away-games played so far. For DC though, the top-order sets the precedent, with Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer at the forefront. If they get settled on the crease, they could be as explosive as one can imagine. Their batting is further reinforced with Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and Colin Ingram, making them one of the strongest batting line-ups.
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Rajasthan Royals have won the majority of the 18 games they played against Delhi Capitals. RR have won 11 games and DC have just 7 wins to their name. The difference in winning ratio increases further when comparing the stats specifically at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. RR have won 4 games, while DC have won 1, out of the total 5 games played in Rajasthan’s home ground.
The recent 4 games at Sawai Mansingh Stadium have seen an average score of 154 runs. The highest score at the pitch in this season of the IPL stands at 164 runs and the lowest is 139. Hence, the team batting first will need to put a score, which is north of 160 to stay relevant. Dew will play its role and so the team winning the toss, should choose to field first, to leverage this advantage.
The atmosphere in Rajasthan on Monday is expected to be sunny, with the temperature hovering around the 30-degree mark. There are no significant chances of rain in the city. Humidity will be less, however, there are chances of dew as the day progresses.
In the last 3 matches, the Royals have won 2 of them handsomely. Hence, they don’t have a major reason to change their playing XI. However, in a bid to include Liam Livingstone, they may rest Ashton Turner, who hasn’t been at his best in the season so far. The big news from RR in the last match was stripping Ajinkya Rahane of the captaincy. Smith will continue to captain the side and for Rahane to seize his position in the team, he will have to score runs consistently.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane/Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat.
DC are looking very strong. They have won 4 out their last 5 encounters and would not be looking to fidget with this winning combination. Sandeep Lamichhane, who was included in the side to enhance their bowling department did not fail to impress. The leg spinner claimed three-wickets against KXIP. There is speculation that Chris Morris could replace Sherfane Rutherford. Chris Morris could fill in the role of a vital all-rounder for the team.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma.
Batting: There isn’t a single RR batsman in the list of top 10 highest run-getters for this season. DC, however, have 2 entrants in this list; Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer are at number 8 and 10respectively, in the list. Talking of the top 10 list of highest strike rates this season, one player each from both DC and RR made it. Rishabh Pant with a strike rate of 151.76 and Jos Buttler with 151.70, are at 9 and 10 positions respectively.
Bowling: In the race to the purple cap, 2 RR bowlers and 2 DC make it into the top 10 list. Delhi’s Kagiso Rabada claims the top spot with 21 wickets. He’s joined by his team-mate, Chris Morris at number 9 position, with 11 wickets. Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal occupy the seventh and tenth spot in the list.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS FOR RR vs DC
Sanju Samson – RR | Prithvi Shaw – DC
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The prediction is for the chasing team to have an upper hand. DC have a better chance of winning the game.
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