Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC)
Date:October 09, 2020
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
In-form Delhi Capitals will be looking to return to the top of the IPL 2020 points table by continuing their winning streak when they take on Rajasthan Royals The team have won four of their five games thus far and will go on ten points with a win in this game. They come into the game on the back of a fine win against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Marcus Stoinis’ 53 off just 26 balls had helped Delhi to a score of 196 for 4. In reply, fast bowler Kagiso Rabada picked up 4 for 24 from his four overs to help DC to a huge 59-run win.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, have gone downhill after winning their first two games. They have lost their last three games despite the presence of some big names like Jos Buttler and Steven Smith in the side. Buttler smashed 70 off 40 balls last time but the side collapsed to 136 all out against Mumbai Indians while chasing 193 for 4.
A hot day with temperatures near 40 degrees awaits. There will hardly be any breeze, and a humid, dry day is on the cards.
The ground in Sharjah has plenty of runs on offer and fans can expect another high-scoring game. As many as 33 sixes were hit during RR’s game against CSK at this venue, which is evidence of how easy stroke-making is here.
Teams will want to chase at this venue as the wicket at Sharjah has plenty of runs on offer. The wicket plays the same over the 40 overs, so teams batting second have a clear advantage.
RR Expected XI and Team News
Ben Stokes has landed in the UAE but will miss another game as he has to serve out his mandatory seven-day quarantine. Yashasvi Jaiswal was brought into the team in the last game and is likely to be given another chance though he failed to get going.
Jos Buttler: The opener was back to his aggressive best in the last game, smashing a fine 70 against Mumbai Indians. He is one of the most dangerous players in the format if he gets going, and his team would hope he can give them yet another quick start.
Jofra Archer: The Englishman picked up his fifth wicket in as many games against Mumbai Indians. He is also handy with the bat lower down the order.
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi
DC Expected XI and Team News
Delhi Capitals might go in unchanged after a convincing win against RCB in their last encounter. Ravi Ashwin has returned to the XI after passing the fitness test, though Delhi will miss the services of Amit Mishra who has been ruled out of IPL 2020 due to a finger injury.
Marcus Stoinis: The Aussie all-rounder hit his second fifty in the last game off just 26 deliveries. He has been the X-factor for the side this season, piling on quick runs in the death overs.
Kagiso Rabada: The South African fast bowler picked up 4 for 24 in the last matc, which took him to 12 wickets in five games thus far in IPL 2020. He has been lethal with the new ball and at the death, with his pacey deliveries making life difficult for the rivals.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma
Head to head record of RR vs DC:
The two teams have played 20 games over the seasons, with RR winning 9. Delhi Capitals have won 9. They have won their last three games against Rajasthan, which should give them confidence.
MPL Fantasy Prediction for RR vs DC:
WK: Jos Buttler got back to form in the last game with a fluent 70 against a strong bowling attack. He will be the key at the top for RR, while DC will hope that Rishabh Pant can play a big knock. The Indian has gotten starts but is yet to get a fifty this season.
Batsmen: Shreyas Iyer scored an unbeaten 88 off just 36 balls when DC last played a game at Sharjah against Kolkata Knight Riders. Prithvi Shaw has been given his team fiery starts at the top of the order and has two sixties along with a forty this season. Steven Smith has played the role of an anchor to perfection. He has 133 runs in five games with two fifties.
All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis has been the underrated performer for DC this season, with two fifties thus far. He has also contributed with the ball and has 3 wickets thus far. Rahul Tewatia has picked up four wickets and can be a match-winner with the bat, which he showed against Kings XI Punjab as he smashed five sixes in an over to take his team over the line.
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been leading the bowling attack for Delhi. They have picked up 19 wickets among them, and will be lethal upfront. Jofra Archer and Tom Curran can pitch in with the bat as well, which increases their chance of getting more fantasy points.
Captain and VC: Jos Buttler and Delhi Capitals
Match Prediction for RR vs DC:
Delhi Capitals have a huge advantage if recent form is taken into consideration. They are a well-rounded team, with players from all departments contributing regularly. RR are over-reliant on their foreign stars, and a poor performance will increase the pressure on the inexperienced Indian players.
Delhi Capitals are the favourites to win.
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