Rajasthan Royals (RR) may have lost the last game against Delhi Capitals (DC), but the arrival of Ben Stokes has certainly changed the equation for team Rajasthan. The two teams will be again facing each other in IPL 2020 in Dubai on Wednesday.
Rajasthan Royals need to fix its top order
While Stokes will be an important cog in the RR wheel, the team will also have to fix its top order which has been short of runs in the last five games, leaving too much for the lower-order to get.
Skipper Smith and Sanju Samson have failed to make any significant contribution with the bat since setting the Sharjah ground on fire in their first two matches.
Jos Buttler produced a superb 44-ball 70 against Mumbai Indians but didn’t capitalise on the starts in the last two matches.
In fact, if it wasn’t for Rahul Tewatia, the Royals would still be in the dumps. The all-rounder, who had blasted five sixes against Kings XI Punjab, once again rescued RR with a 28-ball 45 in their last game against Sunrisers.
Delhi Capitals has strong batting, bowling units
Delhi Capitals lost their last game against Mumbai Indians. However, the team led by Shreyas Iyer will try to win the game against Rajasthan Royals.
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Delhi Capitals possess an explosive batting department, as well as a formidable bowling unit, with Kagiso Rabada emerging as the best bowler this season, snaring 17 wickets so far.
He has been supported well by fellow South African pacer Anrich Nortje (8 wickets) and Harshal Patel.
Ravichandran Ashwin too has bowled well in the power-play and along with Axar Patel, has done well to suffocate the opposition teams.
However, it was Marcus Stoinis, whose all-round show floored RR in their last face-off and Smith would hope that his side has his match in Stokes.
IPL points table
In the IPL points table, Mumbai Indians is at the top with five wins out of the seven games it has played. It is followed by Delhi Capitals with five wins and two losses.
RCB occupies the third position with five wins and two losses.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is at the fourth spot with four wins and three losses. It has a net run rate of -0.82. KKR is followed by Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royal. Kings XI Punjab is at the bottom of the points table despite playing some good cricket.
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