Rajasthan Royals won the Indan Premier League during the inaugural edition, in 2008. Currently, they are placed in the seventh spot. Delhi Capitals are yet to win the title to date, as they are placed in the second spot, having lost just a game so far, in five matches.
As the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) rolls in deeper, Match 23 is all set to take place between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) in Sharjah on Friday. RR, who won the title back in 2008, would look to tame DC, who are determined to win their maiden title this season.
Both the teams have a contrasting difference as of now, as RR are placed in the seventh spot, while DC are placed second. On the same note, we present the match preview.
DC are undoubtedly the most star-studded side this season, with an abundance of youth talent, especially in the batting department. As for RR, they are a relatively balanced side. However, they are yet to click as a unit, especially when it comes to bowling.
As for their current form, both teams are divergent. While RR are coming off a loss against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI), DC managed to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) convincingly.
To date, both the teams have clashed on 10 occasions, with RR winning 11 times, and DC winning on nine instants. This would also be their first clash in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The last match between the sides saw DC being victorious.
Weather and pitch report
The temperature in Sharjah is likely to be around 36 degrees, along with 53% of humidity. As for the track, it is once again set to be batting-friendly, while the short boundaries are set to make it another high-scoring encounter.
RR: Sanju Samson (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Steven Smith (c), Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat.
DC: Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.
Batsmen: Iyer, Hetmyer, Shaw- The batting line-up would start with the prolific form of Shaw, who is ideally to open with Samson, while Iyer and Hetmyer would give stability to the top-order.
Wicketkeepers: Pant (vc), Buttler, Samson (c)- Among wicketkeepers, Pant is in good form and would strengthen the middle-order, along with Buttler, while Samson would open. Owing to their current form, Pant and Samson are the vice-captain and captain, respectively.
All-rounders: Stoinis, Tewatia- Stoinis has been in fine form in both departments, while Tewatia's reliance with the ball makes him a must include.
Bowlers: Rabada, Nortje, Archer- As for the bowlers, Rabada, Nortje and Archer are sure to perform as pacers in Sharjah.
Players to watch out
Samson: The flamboyant opener was off to a fine start in the opening two matches in Sharjah, as he would look to continue the same.
Pant: Although Pant is highly unreliable, his form of late is likely to make him one of the batsmen to look out for.
Rabada: The South African pacer is known to be a T20 specialist and would definitely look to churn out some wickets, regardless of the Sharjah track.
Last Updated 8, Oct 2020, 7:41 PM