IPL 2021, MATCH 36 PREVIEW: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royal

Delhi Capitals going into this game will be placed in the top two spots, Rajasthan Royals are just outside the qualifying spots in fifth. This will be an important game for both teams. If DC manages to win, they’ll have 16 points which will guarantee them a spot in the playoffs. Rajasthan surprisingly held on to win their game against Punjab and will want to get the victory and make it into the top four.

Match Overview

Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
When: 3:30 PM IST
Pitch Report: Expected to be on the slower side, and since it’s the biggest ground in UAE average first-innings scores are low. Dew isn’t going to play much of a factor in the game, the team should win the toss and field first

Delhi Capitals

Squad updates

DC looked like a team waiting for the IPL to come back. The squad is doing well in all fields. Shreyas Iyer coming back to the squad added a balance to the team and their bowling unit was all-around brilliant. Rabada, Nortje, and Axar all picked up two wickets in the first game. Marcus Stoinis went off limping in the first game, DC will replace him for this game with either Steve Smith or new signing Ben Dwarshius.

The only injury is to Marcus Stoinis.

Probable lineup

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmeyer, Steve Smith, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Rajasthan Royals

RR pulled off a heist against the Punjab Kings. PBKS needed 4 runs of 6 balls, and young bowler Kartik Tyagi was able to defend it and get his team the victory.

Their three left-handed batsmen, Lewis, Jaiswal, and Lomror, all looked in great touch and were able to get 30 plus scores and take their team to 180.

Chris Morris, their marquee signing was off-color, but his blushes were saved by the bowling performances of Tyagi and Mustafizur. RR used seven bowlers in their game, which was beneficial for them.

No injury update in the RR squad

Probable Lineup

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson, Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Katik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rehman, Chetan Sakariya

Head to Head

Matches played: 23
Rajasthan Royals: 12 Wins
Delhi Capitals: 11 wins

Key Matchups

Liam Livingstone vs Kagiso Rabada

Shikhar Dhawan vs Mustifizur Rehman

Rishabh Pant vs Sanju Samson

Stats that matter

  • Both highest individual scores this season have come from RR batsmen. Butler(124), Samson(119)
  • RR has the third-best economy this season
  • Dhawan and Shaw have put up more than 500 runs in opening partnership this season
  • Shikhar Dhawan is the orange cap holder

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