The IPL carnival in UAE has started gathering steam. Teams are now settled into the conditions. Delhi and Rajasthan both are fresh from their wins against their respective sides. Rishabh Pant led Capitals look like a dominant force this season. They will be up against spirited Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals. It promises to be an intriguing counter. Here is DC vs RR StumpsandBails Match Predictions.
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Delhi look a dangerous outfit:
Delhi Capitals seem to have started their UAE leg from where they left off in India earlier this year. They quietly calmly brushed aside Sunrisers Hyderabad. The return of Shreyas Iyer has seemed to have bolstered them. Iyer’s return enabled Capitals to play both their foreign quicks, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. The duo wreaked havoc and look deadly in these conditions. DC look a solid side, they will be hoping to continue their good run heading into the business end of the tournament.
The spirited Royals:
Rajasthan Royals had a shocking win over Punjab Kings. They were well and truly out of the game until the 19th over of the game. But a stunning Kartik Tyagi turned the tables. He conceded just a single defending 4 runs with the Kings having 8 wickets in the bank. This win would have surely ignited their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs. But they will be running into a rampaging DC unit. RR had won their previous fixture against DC if they manage to complete double-over-the-table toppers.
DC vs RR: Favourites?
There isn’t an iota of doubt that DC start overwhelming favourites in the game. They have a lot of quality in their squad. But Royals to their credit haven’t thrown the towel despite not having their frontline stars. They were the most affected team owing to the pullouts and injuries. Royals managed to plug those gaps by picking able replacements. They have already made RR look a better side. But they will be surely up against rampant Capitals.
Which players will be match-winners in this game?
Prithvi Shaw will fancy his chances against RR’s bowling attack. He has a strike rate of 187 in the powerplay this season which is better than any other batsman.
Chris Morris will look to bring his all-round skills to the fore against DC, a side against whom he won the player of the match earlier this season.
Anrich Nortje is sure going to trouble a lot of opening batsman in the IPL. He might prove to be too good for RR’s top-order.
Liam Livingstone promised a lot in his short stay against Punjab. He will be eager to prolong his destructive stay in the middle.
Probable Playing XI:
Delhi Capitals predicted XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis/Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin/Ben Dwarshius, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Rajasthan Royals predicted XI:
Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (WK), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
What do stats say about DC vs RR?
DC and RR have played 23 IPL games against each other.
DC has won 11 matches. RR has won 12 games.
DC’s highest score against RR is 196. RR’s highest score against DC is 201.
DC’s lowest score against RR is 60. RR’s lowest score against DC is 115.
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium has long square boundaries. Spinners will enjoy these long boundaries. There will be something in it for the pacers too. Batsmen can count on the true bounce of the surface.
A high of 37 degrees and a low of 33 degrees is expected. There are no chances of rain. Dew might play a big factor and teams will prefer to chase under such weather conditions.
A total of 49 matches has been played at this venue. Teams batting first have won 22 games while chasing teams have won 27. The average scoring batting first at this venue is 140. On the other hand, the average 2nd innings score is a paltry 129. Anything above 165 will be a par score.
DC do start favourites in this game but expect RR to give a good account about themselves.