Man of the Match: Rishabh Pant
Delhi Capitals will win the match
Our prediction is Delhi Capitals will win the match!
Rajasthan Royals need to win every match from here on to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. Steve Smith has been handed the captaincy and he rediscovered his form with the bat and scored valiant 59 to help his team win. Teenager Riyan Parag and Sanju Samson played crucial supportive knocks in the chase against Mumbai Indians. Ben Stokes and Ashton Turner were dismissed without disturbing the scoreboard and Ajinkya Rahane is struggling with the bat. Shreyas Gopal and Jofra Archer are bowling beautifully not giving easy runs and taking wickets at regular intervals.
Stuart Binny and Riyan Parag are slipping in some quiet overs in the middle and proving to be effective with their all-round skills. Jaydev Unadkat has been giving away runs at an economy rate over 9-10 RPO and is struggling with the ball. They come after an impressive win against Mumbai Indians last match.
Delhi Capitals are having an excellent season so far with six wins and they will look to seal their place in knockouts as soon as possible. Shikhar Dhawan has found his rhythm and looking good in every match. Shreyas Iyer played a match-winning knock of 58 runs against KXIP last match. Colin Ingram returned to the side and played an important cameo of 20 runs.
Prithvi Shaw and Rishab Pant are struggling with the bat are not making enough contribution. Axar Patel and Sandeep Lamichchame are amongst the wickets and are bowling well in tandem. Kagiso Rabada has been their bowling stalwart and is the tournament`s highest wicket-taker by a big margin. Ishant Sharma has been good with his role of bowling with the new ball and is keeping the batsmen silent in the powerplay.
Steve Smith – Smith returned as captain and played an excellent knock of 59 runs to help his team win. He will be looking to make more contribution towards the team`s success in coming matches too.
Shreyas Gopal – Gopla has been bowling beautifully and has taken 10 wickets this season at an economy rate of just 6.5 RPO. He can give the team crucial overs even in the power plays. He is a wicket-taking bowling option for the team and can score vital runs with the bat.
Stats from the season:
Jos Buttler - 311 runs, Strike rate – 151, HS -89, 50s-3 – No longer available in IPL
Jofra Archer – 11 wickets, Economy -6.6 RPO, BB – 3/15
Steve Smith (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Jos Buttler (wk), Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Ashton Turner, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi/ Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer
Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, STR Binny, JD Unadkat, Jofra Chioke Archer, SV Samson, AJ Turner, DS Kulkarni, S Gopal, Riyan Parag
Shikhar Dhawan – Dhawan`s form is improving as the tournament is progressing and he has scores of 56,35,7 and 97* in the last for matches. Dhawan once gets going is a tough player to contain and can play strokes all-round the park.
Axar Patel – Axar Patel has been brilliant with the ball this season and taking important breakthroughs for the team. He is giving away runs at just over 6.5 RPO this season. He can be handy with the bat too.
Stats from the season:
Shikhar Dhawan - 347 runs, Strike rate – 131, HS -97*, 50s-3
Kagiso Rabada – 21 wickets, Economy – 7.7 RPO, BB – 4/21 – Purple Cap Holder
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra/Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Sherfane Rutherford
Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Amit Mishra, Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Morris, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma
Jaipur pitch is one of the slower pitches this season and batsmen are finding it tough to score more runs here. The spinners are having more success in this pitch. The average score in this pitch is around 150-160 runs. Jaipur will have sunny and humid weather and has very fewer chances of rain.
Four out of five matches played so far has been won by team`s batting second in Jaipur. The dew factor may come in the second innings and bowlers may find it hard to grip the ball. So both teams will look to chase the target.
Delhi Capitals have won 4 of their last 5 matches and are looking in good touch with their batting and bowling unit. Rajasthan Royals are looking for a turnaround this season with captaincy change and had a good last match. DC`s form and momentum make us pip them as the winners of this contest.
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