Rajasthan will hope that the return of Stokes will serve them well
Delhi Capitals have been one of the strongest teams in IPL 2020 and as they meet Rajasthan Royals in a clash heavily touted to be in their favour. The biggest obstacle Delhi have to stay away from is complacency. Their bowling has been the toast of the tournament and against a weak batting line-up like that of Rajasthan, Delhi holds all the aces. They have odds of 1.71 to notch up a win in this game.
Rajasthan Royals face glaring questions about their batting with the middle-order in particular looking really fidgety. A lot of onus is on the likes of Jos Buttler and Steven Smith with Sanju Samson’s returns fading off outside Sharjah. But as they return to Sharjah, Samson and Ben Stokes, who is likely to come back straight into the XI, will become key players. RR have odds of 2.10 to record a win.
Overall record in favour of Rajasthan Royals
Overall records do not count for much, but Rajasthan Royals head into this fixture with confidence given their record against Delhi in the past is in favour of them with a 11-9 win-loss ratio. However, the tides have turned since 2018 with Delhi winning three of the four matches between these teams, including both the games in 2019.
TIP: Jos Buttler found his touch last game and on the small boundaries in Sharjah, his threat is multiplied. He has odds of 8.00 to win the Man of the Match this game.
This season, DC are second from the top in the points table with eight points each after five games. RR, on the other hand, are second last and have just two wins in five games. However, it is to be noted that both their wins came at this very venue.
Keep an eye on…
Rabada and Nortje: Attacking in the powerplay and in the death, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje havve been the most powerful weapons for Delhi Capitals this season. Their incredible combination has given Delhi the edge this year.
Sanju Samson: Sanju Samson hit 16 sixes in the two matches played in Sharjah this season. He has been woeful outside Sharjah but a return to the venue will keep the Kerala lad pleased. We could be in for another six-hitting spree from the top-order batsman.
RECOMMENDED BET: DC have the better bowling attack this season and have odds of 1.71 to sneak in a win.