The mouthwatering DC vs RR clash on Wednesday will be a great chance for Team Rajasthan to exact revenge on Team Delhi in the return leg at the Dubai International Stadium. Rajasthan had faced Delhi six days back at Sharjah where the high-flying Delhi side romped to a 46-run win. However, Rajasthan have found momentum with a batting masterclass against Hyderabad and will look to capitalize on it now. Rajasthan and Delhi have faced 21 times so far, with Rajasthan winning 11 times and Delhi 10.
Though Rajasthan lead Delhi in head-to-head, Delhi have been the stronger side of late, winning three of their last five encounters.
Marcus Stoinis vs Steven Smith
The battle between the Australian stars could prove to be decisive in the DC vs RR clash despite both playing totally different roles for their respective teams with the bat. While Marcus Stoinis is a finisher/explosive hitter in the death overs, Steven Smith is required to stay calm and dictate the play for Rajasthan from the start.
After a mixed start to the Indian T20 League with the bat, Stoinis has found his form as he was seen scoring a quickfire 53 against Bangalore and handy 39 against Rajasthan in the first leg. The Aussie has been in good touch and is expected to score over 19.50 runs against Rajasthan on Wednesday.
Smith, on the other hand, has been struggling now after a blistering start for Rajasthan. He opened Indian T20 League with a 69 vs Chennai and a 50 vs Punjab, before mellowing down. However, Smith showed signs of a comeback with a 24-run knock against Delhi last week and his teammates would hope the experienced batsman took confidence from that performance.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
The Delhi skipper has been consistent at the IPL 2020 so far, amassing 245 runs in seven matches with one half-century to his name already. Coming second or third down, Shreyas Iyer‘s performances have remained unaffected regardless of the opponent. With his last five batting performances reading 42, 22, 11, 88* and 17, Iyer averages 40.83 and the youngster is expected to score more than 22.50 runs against Rajasthan.
The future Indian opener has been turning heads with his bat since the beginning of the tournament and a large chunk of Delhi’s batting display relies on his steady start. With two half-centuries to his name already, Shaw has tallied 202 runs in seven matches so far. Whether it be Shaw’s 64 vs Chennai, 66 vs Kolkata, or 42 vs Bangalore, he has already proved his mettle this season.
The last match was Ben Stokes‘ first in this season but the English all-rounder should hardly need time to start performing according to his standards. Opening the innings for Rajasthan was not the best of experiments and the Englishman is expected to fall back to his comfortable middle-order batting against Delhi. Stokes has a century and a half-century in just three seasons and averages 22.06 despite coming at no.5 or 6 often.
Team Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Team Rajasthan: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat.
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