Two talented wicket-keeper batsmen will lead their respective sides out today at the Wankhede. While Rishabh Pant enjoyed a fruitful start to his captaincy stint for DC and remained out of the spotlight, it was quite the contrary for Sanju Samson. Yet another run-fest awaits as the batsmen flex and the bowlers tremble.
Anticipating the reunion of their fast bowling duo who missed out on the first encounter, the team have hit a major blow. Anrich Nortje has contracted coronavirus and it is safe to say that he won’t be in the playing eleven for a few matches going forward. Also, Rabada is said to be in quarantine as well, which rules him out of contention as well.
The brightest spot for the Capitals was easily the opening pair comprising of the local and in-form Prithvi Shaw alongside the veteran Shikhar Dhawan. The batting line-up is blessed with stability and explosion in the middle order despite the absence of Shreyas Iyer.
Apart from the batting unit, the new ball bowlers looked bright for the last year’s finalists. Chris Woakes was getting the ball to talk in the early overs while Avesh Khan complemented with raw pace. DC are not expected to alter their winning combination for the upcoming game.
Delhi Capitals Squad for IPL 2021
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant , Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings.
With their wounds from the defeat against Punjab Kings still fresh, the franchise were hit with a huge blow. Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the tournament with a fracture which he sustained while taking a catch in the deep.
The removal of the English all-rounder from the equation has major ramifications on the playing eleven. Jos Buttler is an option to open the innings alongside Manan Vohra while David Miller might be added to provide a punch in the deep end of the innings.
Newcomer Chetan Sakariya was the only bright blip in the bowling department, but the Royals are expected to stick with the same unit with the bench not boasting too many options.
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone, KC Cariappa, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Kuldip Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh
Rajasthan Royals (2.25) vs Delhi Capitals (1.66)
Rajasthan Royals are priced at 2.25 and are the underdogs. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹225 if they come out as winners. Sunrisers Hyderabad are the favourites and are priced at 1.66, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹166.
Stability and bench strength are key in a tournament like IPL, and at the current moment, despite the absence of Rabada and Nortje, DC have options in the bench to field a formidable eleven. Moreover, RR last defeated DC in the 2018 edition of the tournament. As the narrative surrounding the impact of the toss still remains, Delhi Capitals are expected to win this go atop the table.
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