Rajasthan Royals are all set to face Delhi Capitals, who have been arguably the best team of IPL 2020 do far.The head-to-head match-up between the two sides in the IPL is quite close as well, with Rajasthan holding the edge with 11 wins to Delhi’s 10. However, Shreyas Iyer and Co. would love to do the double over the Royals and move to the top of the table with a win in Dubai.
Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 30
14th October 2020, at 7:30 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
What To Expect:
The pitch at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium is a competitive one, with an even contest between bat and ball expected on Wednesday. Although the average first innings score in IPL 2020 at this venue is more than 170, the bowlers have enjoyed their fair share of success. While there is some swing on offer with the new ball, the pacers have used variations in pace to perfection in the middle overs. The dimensions of the ground also aid the spinners, with the pitch offering some turn. As the game progresses, the pitch should get slower and slower, making it difficult for the chasing side to keep up with the required run-rate.Teams have preferred to bat first upon winning the toss in IPL 2020, and this should remain the case on Wednesday as well. Anything around 160 to 170 should be a competitive total, dew is expected to play a part as the match progresses.
Rajasthan Royals won their last IPL 2020 game, with Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia pulling off a heist against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Despite the morale-boosting win, they sit in the bottom half of the points table with three wins in seven games at the time of writing. One of their losses came at the hands of the Delhi Capitals in Sharjah, where Ravichandran Ashwin starred with an economical spell in the powerplay overs. However, the Royals didn’t have Ben Stokes, who adds much-needed balance and firepower, in their line-up then. Their Skipper Steve Smith, Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson are due for big scores as well.
Rajasthan Royals Predicted Playing XI:
Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat and Kartik Tyagi
The Delhi Capitals have done exceedingly well this season, with five wins in seven games. With a power-packed batting unit and an in-form Kagiso Rabada in their ranks, the Delhi Capitals are well on course for a top-four finish. Although Rishabh Pant’s availability is still up in the air, Delhi have the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane to fall back on. Their depth should hold them in good stead during their game against the Royals as they eye a return to winning ways.
Delhi Capitals Predicted Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Alex Carey (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel and Anrich Nortje