In-form Delhi Capitals is all set to take on Rajasthan Royals in the 23rd fixture of this year's Indian Premier League at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
All the previous fixtures in Sharjah ended with run fests due to the small size of the boundary. With an explosive line-up on both ends, today's fixture will no doubt be a run fest.
Rajasthan Royals spinners, who have been the least economical this season, should be vary of Delhi Capitals batsman Rishabh Pant, who has scored 69 (29), 78* (36) and 53* (38) in his last three innings vs Rajasthan.
Delhi's Ravichandran Ashwin will also face Jos Buttler for the first time after the spinner 'Mankaded' the Rajasthan batsman in IPL 2019. The incident also sparked a lot of controversies.
All eyes will be on Rajasthan batsmen Steve Smith and Sanju Samson who have failed miserably in their last three games which took place on bigger grounds. After losing their last three games, the pair is back in Sharjah where they made the most out of the boundary size.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(C), Rishabh Pant(Wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohit Sharma, Alex Carey, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Daniel Sams, Lalit Yadav
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler(Wk), Steven Smith(C), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi, Robin Uthappa, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, David Miller, Aniruddha Joshi, Manan Vohra, Andrew Tye, Shashank Singh, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh
Starting XI Prediction:
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (Wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (Wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Dream11 Picks:
Prithvi Shaw, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (Wk), Shreyas Iyer (C), Rahul Tewatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Gopal, Kagiso Rabada, Jofra Archer
Toss: Rajasthan Royals win the toss, opt to field first!
Starting XI Squads:
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler(Wk), Steven Smith(C), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Varun Aaron
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(C), Rishabh Pant(Wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
The game begins!
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are at the crease. Shaw is on strike. Varun Aaron will open the attack for Rajasthan Royals!
Score after 5 overs: DC (43-2)
Delhi has lost their openers. Now Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are at the crease. Rajasthan bowlers are doing an amazing job to contain the batsmen and stop them from making the most of the Sharjah ground.
Score after 10 overs: DC (87-4)
The bowlers continue to perform for Rajasthan. The Delhi batsmen, meanwhile, are not getting the game right. Both Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were run out.
However, Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer are still at the crease with the former scripting four 6s to his name. Can the pair help Delhi reach a respectable total in Sharjah?
Score after 15 overs: DC (122-5)
Another wicket down. Stoinis has been dismissed. Can Hetmyer power Delhi to a respectable target in the death overs?
Score after 20 overs: DC (184-8), RR needs 185 to win
Shimron Hetmyer and Axar Patel helped Delhi set a decent target at Sharjah. But given the ground size, this is not a tough task for Rajasthan Royals as their batting prowess consists of hard hitting batsmen.
The last time Delhi played in this stadium, they scored a whopping 225 plus, but today the team fell short of the 200-run mark.
The bowlers did a great job in containing the batsmen, mainly Jofra Archer as he got rid of both the openers in the powerplay overs.
The chase begins!
Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal are at the crease. Jaiswal is on strike. Kagiso Rabada will open the attack for Delhi Capitals!
Score after 5 overs: RR (33-1)
Rajasthan is having a slow start to the chase. They have also lost Buttler early on. The slow start is normal as the skipper would want to be careful with not losing too many wickets early on. The chase is not tough, but if Delhi bowlers do their magic, they may as well win the game!
Score after 10 overs: RR (65-2)
The batsmen need to up the tempo!
Score after 15 overs: RR (101-7)
Yes, it is almost over for Rajasthan Royals. Both Sanju Samson and Steven Smith failed to perform again. Rajasthan needs to fix their middle-order.
Ever since Rahul Tewatia pulled off a brilliant comeback, it seems like the whole squad puts their hopes on the batsman to pull off another magical innings to save them from a loss.
Brilliant from Delhi bowlers. A very good job to contain the batsmen. What Rajasthan did in the first innings, Delhi did it better!
Score after 19.4 overs: RR (138-10)
Delhi Capitals defeat Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs!
On Friday, Delhi Capitals scripted their third win in a row when they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
It is Rajasthan's middle-order crisis that has led to their fourth defeat in a row. Ever since Rahul Tewatia pulled a brilliant comeback against Punjab on October 27, the batsmen, especially Steven Smith and Sanju Samson have failed to perform.
Earlier, Delhi were held off by a great bowling performance from Rajasthan. At a ground known for its run fests, Delhi set a target of 184, credit to the bowlers. But, what Rajasthan did, Delhi did it better as they bowled out Steven Smith's side at 138 with two balls to spare.