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DEL vs RAJ, Indian T20 League 2021 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks 

Match: Team Delhi vs Team Rajasthan, (DEL vs RAJ, 2021)

Date: September 25, 2021 – 3:30 PM IST

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, you can watch the match no. 36 between Team Delhi and Team Rajasthan live on Star Sports 1 and 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Hindi HD, Star Sports Select 1 and Select 1 HD at 3:30 PM IST. You can also witness all the live action on the online streaming platform, Disney+Hotstar. 

DEL vs RAJ – What to expect: 

The match no. 36 of the Indian T20 League will see Team Rajasthan taking on Team Delhi at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday, September 25. 

Team Delhi are having an outstanding campaign this season as they’re comfortably sitting in the top 2 with 14 points. They’ve played nine matches, winning seven and losing two. They are coming off a dominant eight-wicket victory over Hyderabad in the last game at Dubai. 

Team Rajasthan are hovering in the mid-table with 8 points from eight games, having four victories and as many losses. They literally stole two points from Punjab in the last game as Mustafizur Rahman and young Kartik Tyagi defended 8 runs off the last two overs. In the previous fixture between these two teams, Rajasthan had defeated Delhi by three wickets on the back of inspiring performances from their lower middle order. Team Delhi will be looking to settle the scores. 

Pitch Report of DEL vs RAJ 

Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi has usually been a surface that assists bowlers while batters getting value for their shots as well. The average first innings score at Abu Dhabi from 55 domestic T20s reads 162. The highest batting first score at this venue was 247/2 by Islamabad United in the PSL, with the lowest total being 70/10 registered by Bangalore. The venue has seen 10 scores of over 190 by a team batting first. The average first innings total here in the 2020 season was 162. 

Delhi – Expected XI and Team News 

Shreyas Iyer’s return meant that Delhi could once again field their best possible playing XI and it proved to be too strong for Hyderabad. Both Iyer and Anrich Nortje made an impact on their return to the side. Delhi will look to solidify their position in the top two with a win here to have a dual shot at the final. Marcus Stoinis is not expected to be fit for this game, and Sam Billings might replace him in the XI.

Probable XI – Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain/wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis/Sam Billings, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan 

Rajasthan – Expected XI and Team News 

Rajasthan team management did an excellent job in recruiting quality replacements ahead of the second leg. Evin Lewis was impressive in his first outing for them against Punjab. With a settled unit, Rajasthan have a real chance of making it to the playoffs. Although they will have to improve their net run-rate, which currently reads -0.154. 

Probable XI – Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (captain/wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman 

Head to head record of DEL vs RAJ 

Team Delhi and Team Rajasthan have shared a fiercely fought rivalry where Rajasthan are slightly ahead with 12 victories to Delhi’s 11. Both the teams have won five matches each in the last 10 meetings. 

Team Rajasthan – 12 

Team Delhi – 11 

DEL vs RAJ: Five players to watch out for in the match no. 36 of the Indian T20 League 2021 

Here we take a look at the key players to watch out for in the Delhi vs Rajasthan match: 

Shikhar Dhawan: Batter, Delhi (Credit – 10) 

Shikhar Dhawan has been remarkable in the league in recent years, registering his sixth consecutive season of 400+ runs. The left hander is in contention for the Orange Cap with 422 runs in nine innings this season at an average of 53 while striking at 132. Dhawan has scored three fifties this year and started the second phase well with a 42-run knock. 

Rishabh Pant: Wicketkeeper Batter, Delhi (Credit – 9.5) 

The dynamic left hand batter has carved an incredible career in the Indian T20 League for someone so young. Rishabh Pant has amassed 2326 runs in 77 innings in the tournament’s history at an average of 36 and strike rate of 150. Pant has done well this season, having scored 248 runs averaging 41 at a strike rate of 136.

Liam Livingstone: All-rounder, Rajasthan (Credit – 9) 

The English powerhouse is one of the best T20 players in world cricket at the moment. Liam Livingstone is having an astonishing year, having scored over 1200 runs in 32 innings in the shortest format at an exceptional average and strike rate of 45 and 158 respectively. The all-rounder has smashed eight fifties and a century this year. Livingstone also has 14 wickets this year with his handy bowling. 

Kagiso Rabada: Bowler, Delhi (Credit – 9) 

Kagiso Rabada is one of the most prolific pacers in the T20 format with an ability to take wickets in any of the phases. The right arm pacer has 168 wickets in 123 T20 matches at an economy of 7.90 and a wicket every 16.1 balls, including five four-wicket hauls. Rabada has 11 scalps in eight matches this season and is coming off 3/36 in the last game. 

Mustafizur Rahman: Bowler, Rajasthan (Credit – 9) 

The left arm pacer from Bangladesh is one of the best T20 bowlers in the world. Mustafizur Rahman has had a terrific career, having picked 205 wickets in 154 matches at an economy of 7.18, including two five-fers and four four-fers. He has been in superb form, picking 15 scalps in the last 10 outings. Fizz has 8 wickets to his name this season at an economy of 8.19, mainly bowling in death overs. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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