IPL: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Predictions

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The 34th match of IPL 2022 will be played on Friday between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals.

DC has won three of their last six games.

In their last match, they beat Punjab Kings by restricting them to a total of 115 runs and then chasing it down in just 10.3 overs with 9 wickets in hand.

Rajasthan Royals also came up trumps in their last match when they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs.

Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal were the chief architects of this morale-boosting win,

RR has won four of their six matches in the competition and is now in third place in the points standings.

The Covid 19 effect

Six members of the Delhi Capitals contingent have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 4 days.

This includes two players – Mitchell Marsh and Tim Seifert

As a result, the venue has been shifted from Pune to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Team analysis

RR have the current ‘Orange Cap’ holder in Jos Buttler (375 runs) and also the ‘Purple Cap’ holder Chahal (17 wickets) in their ranks.
So the team is looking quite strong.
The only question mark is the middle order which is not really firing.
Shimron Hetmyer is the only exception and has looked in great touch.
The Delhi Capitals bowling attack is pretty solid with Kuldeep as the wicket-taking option along with Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav as the containing options.
The Delhi think tank will be focussed on a strategy to stop Buttler from going berserk on the placid Wankhede track.

Match Details

Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 34

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Date & Time: 22nd April at 7:30 PM IST

Pitch Report

Last Saturday’s match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore happened at the Wankhede stadium.

It is a batter-friendly pitch where stroke play is possible.

However, the spinners are expected to play a crucial part.

This is a critical factor to consider as DC have Kuldeep Yadav and RR have Chahal as their bowling spear heads.

The last game at the Wankhede Stadium was a high-scoring game where more than 350 runs were scored in the day.

Also, the team batting first won the game.

However, the captain who wins the toss is likely to bowl first as dew might hamper the sidebowling second.

Delhi Capitals Likely 11

Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Sarfaraz Khan, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed.

Rajasthan Royals Likely 11

Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Best batter of the Match

Sanju Samson is due for a big score.

In the last match against KKR, he smashed 38 off just 19 balls and helped his side reach a big score.

Samson is too good a talent not to get a big score for long and he is our bet to the main batter of the match.

Best bowler of the Match

Kuldeep Yadav has taken 13 wickets in IPL 2022 and is oozing with confidence.

He also enjoys the backing of skipper Pant.

He will be keen to build on his early success and post another match-winning performance.

Who will win

This is one of the hardest matches to predict.

Both teams won their last match and are looking in good form.

Jos Buttler is due for a batting failure and if that happens, RR could find themselves under pressure.

Delhi seems to be getting getter with every match and we feel, this momentum will help him win this crucial encounter.


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