DC and RR have a split 50% record, with both having won thirteen matches against each other till date. There is not much to choose between the two teams. RR looks better on paper and DC can do wonders on their given day! Jos Butler has a century to his name in the last season against Delhi. However, his availability is under question mark for this game as he has picked on a finger injury. Mitchell Marsh will also not be available for the Capitals as he is heading back to get married. Delhi Capitals Vs Rajasthan Royals IPL Match will be the last one held at Guwahati. It promises to be a run fest!
An afternoon match at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium today means that dew shall not be playing much of a role. The batting-friendly nature of the wickets here will keep the bowlers on their toes. It shall be a good opportunity for the Delhi batters to play themselves into form on this flat wicket.
Both Teams Coming from Losses –
Both RR and DC have suffered defeats in their previous matches. They will be hoping to get their act together quickly and get their campaign back on track. There will be additional pressure on Delhi Capitals, who have lost both their matches so far. The Royals will also be keen to bounce back after a narrow loss to Punjab Kings in the last game.
Sourav Ganguly, the Delhi Capitals’ team director, had suggested that Axar Patel could bat up the order. The all-rounder has been in great batting form and has won matches for his team single handedly at the international level.
Butler is Unlikely to Play
RR Captain Sanju Samson said the English opener did not have any problems as he came out to bat in the last game. But team director Kumar Sangakkara said that they were awaiting a report from the medical staff to take a call on his participation in the next game. Should Butler be unavailable, an IPL debut for Joe Root could be on the charts.
The position of Devdutt Padikkal, meanwhile, remains a concern for the team as he has struggled so far in the IPL. His sluggish batting in the match against Punjab cost RR the game.
When: Saturday, April 8 at 15:30 IST
Where: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Playing Conditions: Weather will be warm. Lots of Runs to be scored!
Delhi Capitals Vs Rajasthan Royals IPL Team Squad –
Probable XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler/Joe Root, Sanju Samson(c/wk), Devdutt Padikkal/Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag. Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner (c), Rilee Rossouw, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Sarfaraz Khan/Yash Dhull. Abishek Porel (wk), Aman Hakim Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Mukesh Kumar.
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