IPL Update: The Match Between Rajasthan Royals And Delhi Capitals
Rajasthan Royals are going to face Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. After losing a close contest against Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals will be desperate to make a comeback in this match. However, it will not be easy for them as their star all rounder Ben Stokes is ruled out of the tournament with a broken finger. So, now their batting will be much dependent on their young captain Sanju Samson. Jos Buttler will also have to play a crucial role for them in this encounter.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals have started the tournament with a good win against Chennai Super Kings. Their openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been in great form. In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant is leading the side. It will be interesting to see how Rishabh Pant grows as a captain. In the previous 6-7 months, Rishabh Pant has been incredible for Indian Cricket Team in all formats. If he can replicate his form, Delhi Capitals have a good chance to go all the way in this season.
Status Of The Teams:
The star English all rounder Ben Stokes will be missing the rest of the tournament and it is a huge loss for the franchise. Now, Jos Buttler will certainly have to open the innings for them. David Miller and Liam Livingstone are two candidates in their squad who can replace Ben Stokes. However, Sanju Samson will have one less bowling option in this scenario. The lack of good Indian players might hurt Royals in this season. The likes of Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia will have to play a crucial role for their franchise to give them a good chance to teach the playoffs.
Sanju Samson’s brilliant knock of 117 runs has not been enough for Rajasthan Royals to clinch a victory in the first match of the season. Their bowlers have not performed well in the first match except Chetan Sakariya. The young left arm pacer has taken three wickets in the previous match. Chris Morris will have to take a bit more responsibility to lead this inexperienced bowling attack. Andrew Tye might come in the side in place of Mustafizur Rahman.
Predicted Starting XI:
Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (C & WK), Riyan Parag, Liam Livingstone, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Andrew Tye, Chetan Sakariya.
Delhi Capitals will get back Kagiso Rabada in this match. However, the other South African pacer Anrich Nortje has been tested Covid +ve. So, he will join the squad after some time. Kagiso Rabada will come in the side in place of Tom Curran. Otherwise, Delhi Capitals will field the same XI in this match. The spinners have not bowled well in the previous match for them. The team management will certainly think about that before coming into this game.
Predicted Starting XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (C and WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan.