Match – Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals – 33rd match
Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Dubai has been a fairly good one for batting. But the track tends to become a tad tough to bat on as games progress. Hence, batting first and putting runs on the board should be the way forward. The spinners and pacers are expected to get help in equal proportion.
Avg first innings score: 171 (Last 28 IPL matches in Dubai
Record of chasing teams: Won – 10, Lost – 18, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Steven Smith/Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (C and WK), Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Bench: Steven Smith/Shimron Hetmyer, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Praveen Dubey, Lalit Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Vishnu Vinod, Ajinkya Rahane
David Warner, Kane Williamson (C), Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi/Sherfane Rutherford/Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Bench: Mohammad Nabi/Sherfane Rutherford/Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Basil Thampi, Shreevats Goswami, Kedar Jadhav, Siddarth Kaul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Jason Roy, Jagadeesha Suchith, Virat Singh
Shikhar Dhawan was in incredible form in the first leg of the IPL 2021 back in April. The left-hander is currently the leading run-scorer of the tournament, having notched 380 runs at an average of 54.28 and a strike rate of 134.27. Having scored three fifties, the veteran has looked in ominous touch. He will be looking to carry on from where he left off four months ago.
Probable best bowler of the match
Rashid Khan– Sunrisers Hyderabad
Rashid Khan has been the sole performer for the Sunrisers in the 2021 edition of the IPL. In seven matches, the Afghanistan tweaker has churned out 10 wickets at an economy rate of 6.14. However, he hasn’t gotten much support from the others. If the Sunrisers have to beat the Capitals, Rashid can’t afford to drop his guard by any stretch of the imagination.