|Match Date:||4th May, Saturday|
|Match Timing:||4:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||40,000|
|Match Venue:||Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi|
The Match 53 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Delhi Capitals welcome Rajasthan Royals at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. While they had already qualified for the Playoffs, DC missed the chance to remain at the top after suffering a 80-run defeat to CSK. They will be looking to guarantee a spot in the top two considering the advantage in the Eliminators. Rajasthan Royals are in the thick of the race for the playoffs themselves. Their chances of making it to the top 4 were stained by the rains in the game against RCB that ended with no result It, thus, makes the match against DC a must win for RR.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals IPL match:
|Key Players in form||DC – Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada
RR – Shreyas Gopal, Sanju Samson
|Weather Conditions||39 ℃, 14% Humidity, Winds up to 16 km/hr.|
|Toss Advantage||The team batting first has won five of the seven times last season at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Thus, the winner of the toss should choose to bat first.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, mostly Batting-Friendly. The uneven surface provides an edge to spinners.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 170
Highest Total (2018): 219/4 (DC)
Last Match: DC 187/5 | 171/7 RCB
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 82 m|
|Injury Updates||DC – Jagadeesha Suchith has been roped in to replace an injured Harshal Patel. Kagiso Rabada missed the CSK game due to a stiff back and may miss the Saturday’s match as well.
RR – Rajasthan Royals would be without skipper Steven Smith, who has returned to Australia for World Cup prep, on Saturday. Nothing is clear in the case of compatriot Ashton Turner, since he isn’t a part of Australia’s World Cup squad.
|Home Advantage||Delhi Capitals|
|Head-to-Head||DC 8- 11 RR|
|Form||DC– W L L L W
RR – W L W W NR
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Wk), Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada.
Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas.
|Impact Players||Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Gopal|
DC vs RR Dream11 Prediction
Delhi Capitals had a massive chance of showing their true potential to the world by defeating Chennai Super Kings. Afterall, it has been a breakthrough season for the capital team. Defeating an experienced unit like CSK would have been a befitting end to the league stage of the competition. However, what transpired was a disappointing 80-run defeat.
The bowlers failed to restrict the CSK batsman from scoring big on a slow pitch. DC markedly suffered from the absence of Kagiso Rabada and that reflected in the bowling figures. It was the young spinner Jagadeesha Suchith who starred with a figure of 2/28. In the second innings, the batting order collapsed after a having a promising start to wrap up at 99. Delhi Capitals will have to step up their game on Saturday and show why they are considered as a title contender.
Royal Rajasthan, on the other hand, had been unlucky to have the game against RCB interrupted by rains, denying them with one critical point. Now with 13 points, RR can only try to win the game against DC and hope for a favourable outcomes in other matches. However, it is better said than done, since the Royals will be without their enigmatic skipper Steven Smith. Even though the team’s domestic players stepped up in the absence of the star English trio of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer, the loss of Smith may be decisive for the Royals. It was under his captainship that RR started winning games and that is exactly the quality that will be missed in Saturday.
DC are the undoubted favourites to win the game against the Steven Smith-less RR. They know the home ground better, and are adept at chasing big totals.
As Delhi Capital’s bowling coach Samuel Badree rightfully pointed out, spinners will have a crucial role to play in Saturday’s match considering the slow nature of Kotla. Thus, choose as many as you can. As was evident in the match between DC and MI, the middle order batsmen are bound to struggle as this is when spinners come out. Thus, choosing batsman who either open or come towards the end of innings.
DC vs RR Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane.
DC vs RR Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Sanju Samson, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Axar Patel, Riyan Parag, Jagadeesha Suchith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat.