Rajasthan Royals are all set to face Delhi Capitals. Rajasthan Royals haven’t really been at their best an Delhi Capitals have been in the form of their life. However it is the Royals who hold the edge in the head-to-head match-up, with 11 wins to Delhi’s 9. However, the Delhi Capitals have won the last three fixtures between the two sides and this might play on the minds of the Royals, who are desperately in need of a win. They will need to be at their best against the likes of Rabada and Pant, with another high-scoring game on the cards in Sharjah. With two valuable points up for grabs, we should be in for a cracking contest between two explosive batting units on Friday.
Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals, Match 23
9th October 2020, at 7:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
What To Expect:
The Sharjah Cricket Stadium has been a graveyard for the bowlers, with the average first-innings score in IPL 2020 being 219. Although there is some swing on offer for the pacers early on, the dimensions of the ground play into the batsmen’s hands.The spinners are in for a tough time at this venue, with the batsmen having targeted the short square boundaries in all of the four games played here in IPL 2020. Although the team batting first has won three out of the four games played in Sharjah, both teams would look to chase upon winning the toss with dew likely to play a part in the latter half of the match.With the conditions unlikely to change much during the game, another high-scoring encounter beckons.
The Royals have had a lukewarm campaign so far in IPL 2020. Although they started the season with two stunning wins, Steve Smith and co have suffered three losses on the trot, with none of their batsmen showing the consistency they did in the first two games. With Ben Stokes back things should ideally get better for Steve Smith and co. But they might have to play without him again
RR Predicted Playing XI:
Jos Buttler (WK), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, David Miller/Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat
Delhi Capitals, are one of the hot favourites to win this year’s IPL. With four wins in five games, Delhi have rarely been troubled this year, with their win against RCB being a testament to their ability. Along with a power-packed batting unit, the duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been sensational in the death overs. Their only IPL 2020 game in Sharjah saw them beat KKR by 18 runs, and they will be eyeing another win, which would take them to the top of the table, on Friday.
Delhi Capitals Predicted Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Ravi Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje