Delhi Capitals will face Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday in Indian Premier League at Dubai International Stadium. DC is coming into this match with a defeat against Mumbai Indians. Delhi Capitals have topped the table in most of the time in the first half of this tournament. However, after the defeat against Mumbai Indians, they are at the second position in the league table. Royal Challengers Bangalore are just behind them and they have a chance to go above Delhi Capitals if Capitals lose another match now. Shreyas Iyer’s side will obviously not like to let that happen as they will try to finish at the top two positions in the league to have at least two chances for qualifying to the Final.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals have won against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous match. After four straight defeats in a row, this win will surely bring some positives in the dressing room of Rajasthan Royals. Ben Stokes has been a brilliant addition to their side. Ben Stokes can also make a huge impact in this side in the later stage of the tournament.
The toss is going to be an important factor in this season. Previously we have seen the captains choosing to chase the total in T20 matches. However, in this tournament, the team batting second is facing problems to chase down the total because of various factors. The pitches are getting slow because of the dew factor. Captains will surely assess the condition ahead of the match and choose batting or bowling first according to their team strength.
Head To Head Record:
Total Matches Played: 21
Delhi Capitals Won: 10
Rajasthan Royals Won: 11
Predicted Starting XI; Delhi Capitals Vs Rajasthan Royals:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Harshal Patel.
Jos Buttler, Robin Uthappa, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Tyagi.
Captain And Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Choices: Marcus Stoinis, Jos Buttler
Vice-Captain Choices: Kagiso Rabada, Shreyas Iyer, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia
Probable Winner: Delhi Capitals
The fielding of Delhi Capitals has not been up to the mark in the last game against Mumbai Indians. Prithvi Shaw has missed two catches in the outfield and their head coach Ricky Ponting will not be happy about that. Rishabh Pant has picked up an injury and that’s why the winning combination has been changed by the franchise. Hetmyer has been sacrificed to give a place to Alex Carey and Ajinkya Rahane has come in place of Rishabh Pant. Delhi Capitals might have to go with the same team against Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals will be happy with the performances of Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia in the previous match. However, Steve Smith and Jos Buttler need to score big runs for the franchise to qualify for the playoffs.