IPL 2021 Match Preview: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals

If the Delhi Capitals beat the Rajasthan Royals on Saturday, they will then have made  the playoffs with four games remaining. The Capitals continued their IPL 2021 campaign with an easy win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, moving them to the top of the table with seven wins in nine games. They will face difficult opposition in Rajasthan Royals, who will be inspired by their stunning victory against Punjab Kings and will be vying with Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore for a place in the playoffs.

The 36th match of the IPL 2021 will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi between the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals. The first midday match of the current fixtures will take place today. So far this season, DC has been one of the most dominant teams. Likewise, RR will be buoyed by their final-ball victory over the Punjab Kings.

Delhi Capitals:

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This season, the Delhi Capitals have only lost two games, one of which was against the Rajasthan Royals. They’d be eager to exact their vengeance on Saturday. They now sit atop the points table, having won 7 of their last 9 games. Rishabh Pant and company kicked off their UAE campaign with an 8-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad. For the first time this season, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje shared the field. The pair combined for 5 wickets as SRH only scored 134 runs in the first innings. Axar Patel was also outstanding with 2 for 21 in 4 overs.

The Capitals are awaiting scan results for Marcus Stoinis, who walked out with a calf issue following the first ball of his second over last time out. Otherwise, there is no incentive for them to alter a successful combination.

Probable 11:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain and wicket-keeper), Stoinis/Curran, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Rajasthan Royals:

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Rajasthan Royals would be overjoyed with their performance against Punjab Kings in their previous encounter at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. RR’s batting lineup is strengthened by the arrival of Liam Livingstone in the middle order. He looked menacing for his 17-ball 25, but it was Mahipal Lomror who stood out the most. The southpaw annihilated the opponents with some monster hits, slamming 43 runs off only 17 balls. With this victory, the Rajasthan Royals have moved up to fifth place in the table, with four victories in eight games. The Royals, on the other hand, will be troubled by Chris Morris’ troubles earlier this week, when their big-money auction buy made five off five balls and allowed 47 runs in four wicketless overs.

Probable 11:

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

Head-to-Head:

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  • In head-to-head competitions, Rajasthan holds a small advantage over Delhi. The two teams have met 23 times, with RR winning 12 of them. They have a 52.17 victory percentage against DC. In the meantime, DC has won 11 games (win percentage: 47.83). Notably, Delhi has won four of the last five meetings with RR.
  • The Capitals’ five-match winning streak over the Royals was snapped at the Wankhede in the early parts of this season, when David Miller and Chris Morris led a successful chase of 148.

Game Deciding Factors:

  • The Capitals could risk playing Kagiso Rabada through the middle as a strike bowler, but the Royals’ batting lineup, which includes Morris at No. 8, is well-positioned to exploit that weakness.
  • Sanju Samson has a relatively dismal record versus the Capitals, scoring 164 runs in 10 innings while striking out 126.15 times.

Pitch Report:

  • This season, both teams will play their first match at Shiekh Zayed Stadium. Thus far this season, two matches were played at this facility. The pace bowlers have appreciated bowling here since the pitch has enough bounce.
  • Notwithstanding, the turf is ideal for batting because it lacks awkward bounce and spin. The last game between KKR and MI was held here. During the game, three players scored half-centuries. The surface isn’t going to be much aid to spinners. Any score between 160 and 180 should be considered a winning one.

Players to watch out for:

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David Miller has 384 runs in 15 games against DC, with a strike rate of 119.62. Jaydev Unadkat has taken 19 wickets in the bowling portion, with the best bowling performance of 5/25. Dhawan has scored 556 runs at a strike rate of 129.00 against RR, while Amit Mishra has taken 30 wickets with the best match haul of 3/17.

This match-up is definitely an electrifying one, don’t you think so?

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