Delhi Capitals (DC) have been on an absolute rampage in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), winning four out of their five matches. Placed second in the points table, Shreyas Iyer and Co are coming off a thumping 59-run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Dubai.
Their net run rate of +1.060 is the second best after Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians (MI), who have +1.488. The Capitals are next scheduled to lock horns with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Friday, October 9 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The Royals, on the contrary, are on a three-match losing streak, but can take heart from the fact that they are unbeaten at Sharjah out of two games. However, even the Capitals won their only encounter in Sharjah, beating the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 18 runs.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Sharjah has been a bowler’s graveyard to say the least. In three games, over 100 sixes have been hit and another run-fest can be expected on Friday. In those matches, the team, batting first put pressure on the opposition.
Hence, teams can avoid chasing though the nature of the pitch won’t change much. The temperature will be around 33 degrees with the humidity in the 50s.
Playing Combinations for RR vs DC
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran/Andrew Tye, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravi Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Probable Top Performers for RR vs DC
Steve Smith– Rajasthan Royals
Steve Smith started the IPL with a couple of half-centuries, but has gone into a mini slump. In the last three games, he wasn’t able to cross the double-digit mark. But against the Capitals, Smith can get back to form, bearing in mind his numbers.
In five innings, the right-hander has 149 runs at an average and strike-rate of 49.67 and 158.51 respectively. DC will have to get rid of him early.
Shikhar Dhawan– Delhi Capitals
Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t been at his best in this IPL, scoring 127 runs at an average of 25.40. However, the left-hander’s numbers against the Capitals are worth appreciating.
In 15 innings, Dhawan has 522 runs at an average and strike-rate of 37.29 and 142.23 respectively. He also has three half-centuries with a top score of an unbeaten 92. Hence, it’s an apt game for him to get his form back.
RR vs DC Head to Head
Played- 20 | RR won- 11 | DC won- 9 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 2 | RR won- 1 | DC won- 1 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 219 (4 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 1| Lost- 3
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
The prediction is for Delhi Capitals to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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