Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals IPL T20 Match Prediction: Delhi Capitals will be looking to make it two wins out of two when they line up against Rajasthan Royals. Led by Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals saw off Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets with 8 balls remaining. Rajasthan Royals went down by 4 runs against Punjab Kings in spite of a 63-ball 119 from Sanju Samson in his debut IPL game at Wankhede Stadium and will get underway at 19:30 local time.
Rajasthan Royals came bottom of the table in IPL 13 and their chances of improving this season have been dealt a blow with the news that Ben Stokes is likely to miss the rest of the campaign with a broken finger. Samson’s century stood out not only for the lack of any other significant runs from his teammates but also by hitting 19 boundaries from 63 balls. Chetan Sakariya stood out with the ball, taking 3-31.
Delhi Capitals’ victory over CSK displayed all the confidence and swagger that you would expect from a team led by Rishabh Pant. Obviously there is still a long way to go in this campaign but they currently look like a good bet to finally break their duck and record their first IPL title.
TV channels: The match can be watched live on Star Sports in India, Sky Cricket in the UK and Willow TV in the USA
Each and every captain so far in the tournament has chosen to field after winning the toss. We expect this to continue in this game.
There were 438 runs in the last game at the Wankhede Stadium, an increase of 60 runs from the first game at the same venue. Expect the batsmen to enjoy themselves again.
There will be no clouds around and a temperature in the high 20s during the game.
Ben Stokes is a huge loss and it will be very interesting to see who they select to replace him and if it will require a reshuffle of the batting order. After also losing Jofra Archer before the season began, they are far from full strength at this point.
Rajasthan Royals need to get their season moving at the earliest opportunity but everything is seeming to go against them at the moment. If Sanju Samson can keep up his hitting from the first game then they will have a chance!
Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c) (wk), Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Livingstone, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Bowlers Chris Woakes and Avesh Khan bowled brilliantly against CSK and their options will be boosted by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje ending their isolation period. However, it was their batsmen who proved to be the real difference with Shaw and Dhawan leading the way before captain Rishabh Pant completed the task.
After finishing 3rd in 2019 and 2nd in 2020, Delhi Capitals would surely have become IPL champions by now if it weren’t for Mumbai Indians. They are a consistent team and looked very strong against CSK.
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c) (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan
The teams have been very closely matched with both sides winning 11 times against the other
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Delhi Capitals are the strong favourites to make it two wins out of two in this year’s tournament.
Runs are expected from the big name batsmen on both sides in Jos Buttler and Shikhar Dhawan
We are backing Buttler, Samson and Linvingstone with the bat for Rajasthan Royals. Jos Buttler performs for England when his back is against the wall and the Royals now need the same from him.
For Delhi Capitals, we are backing Dhawan, Stoinis and Rahane. They have an embarrassment of riches in the batting department and Rajasthan’s bowlers must beware.
We are backing Morris, Sakariya and Rahman to trouble the Delhi Capitals batsmen. Sakariya has a tough act to repeat his debut figures and take out big name batsmen.
For Delhi Capitals, we have gone with the returning Rabada, Woakes and Ashwin. Rabada won the Purple Cap in last year’s tournament with 30 wickets in 17 games.
We wait to see how Rajasthan Royals will line-up without their star all-rounder Ben Stokes. His absence increases the pressure on the experienced trio of Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson and Chris Morris who are all more than capable of playing a starring role. However, there was something about the way Delhi Capitals carried themselves in their first game, and now they have the Purple Cap holder available as well. We can’t see anything other than a Delhi Capitals win.