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IPL 2022 – Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Match 58 – Preview

The Delhi Capitals have played 11 games so far in the tournament, and such has been their inconsistency that they are yet to win back-to-back games. The quandary with that is that while it may have been okay at the beginning of the tournament, now with just 14 games left in the league stage, DC need to win their remaining three games to qualify without depending on other results. What makes it worse for them when they face Rajasthan Royals in the must-win clash on Wednesday (May 11) is that the game is at the DY Patil Sports Academy, and DC have lost six of their seven matches played outside Brabourne.

Rajasthan themselves have had a bit of a stutter, losing to MI and KKR before returning to winning ways, beating PBKS by 6 wickets in their last match. Shimron Hetmyer played a crucial part in that win, and RR will be missing their star finisher temporarily after he flew home for the birth of his child. Rassie van der Dussen or Jimmy Neesham could be given a go in his absence with RR having played only three overseas players in 4 of the 11 matches so far this season. Buttler and Hetmyer featured in all 11, and Trent Boult in all but one.

Both DC and RR have formidable pace attacks on paper, but both have failed to live up to the expectations. DC’s pacers have the worst stats for a side – other than bottom dwellers – in the powerplay, while RR’s pacers have leaked runs in the death overs. In 53 overs, DC’s pacers have only managed to scalp 10 wickets in the powerplay, while RR’s bowlers have been taken for 11.97 an over in the death with 13 wickets. Shardul Thakur has been underwhelming with the ball which has hurt the Capitals. But while that may be the case, they’ve found respite in Khaleel, who has carried the weight of the bowling attack on his shoulders. He has returned 16 wickets in 32 overs, conceding at 7.75, effective across phases that have given DC something to work with.

Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Match 58 – Pitch Report

Teams batting first successfully defended targets with the wicket being two-paced in the last two games played at the venue. It was the site of DC’s last game, which they lost by 91 runs to CSK.

Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Match 58 – Tactics and Lineups

Rajasthan Royals

RR might put in Ashwin to bowl in the powerplay to neutralize Warner’s danger, given he has already dismissed him five times, as well as Boult, who the left-hander has struggled to score against. Given his fifty-plus score in the last game, Yashasvi Jaiswal will be kept at the top, with Padikkal demoted down to the middle order.

Predicted Lineup – Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Jimmy Neesham/Rassie van der Dussen, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen

Delhi Capitals

This season, RR has been the greatest batting side against spin, losing only 11 wickets and having the highest average (53.73) and run rate (8.86). Shaw missed the last game due to illness and may miss the upcoming RR game after being hospitalized due to a high fever.

Predicted Lineup – David Warner, Srikar Bharat, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Ripal Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Anrich Nortje

Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Match 58 – Trivia

Pant has 344 runs scored in 8 innings against RR, average 57.33, and striking at a rate of 166.69.

The team batting first has won seven of the last eight IPL matches. The winning margin for teams batting first has been more than 50 runs in the last four games.

Samson is the only player to strike above 140 while the captain and has maintained a strike rate of 140-plus across both periods – as captain and non-captain – and his average has also increased since assuming command.