IPL 2020 Match 30 Preview: DC vs RR - Pant-less Delhi aim to get back to winning ways against Smith's Rajasthan
Rishabh Pant's unavailability has affected the balance of Delhi Capitals and they will be looking for some answers in their clash against Rajasthan Royals.
Delhi Capitals, along with Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, are the best-placed teams in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League with 10 points. However, the team which had been on a roll, suffered a defeat in their last match against Mumbai Indians and has a few things to sort out.
Delhi middle order weakened without Pant and Hetmyer
The biggest point of worry for them is that Rishabh Pant has been ruled out for at least one week, which may also get extended. In his absence, Delhi have had to bring in Alex Carey behind the wickets in place of Shimron Hetmyer. Hence, the absence of two power-hitters in Pant and Hetmyer in the middle order affects their batting potency.
This not only weakens their middle order but does not allow the top order to play with the freedom that they have become accustomed to.
Onus on Dhawan and Shaw
Prithvi Shaw has been blowing hot and cold in the tournament. When it comes off, he looks a class apart but when it doesn't, it seems that the opener is playing one shot too many. Be that as it may, this is the style of the pocket rocket and he will continue to bat in his manner.
Shikhar Dhawan bounced back to form with an unbeaten knock of 69 off 52 deliveries in the last match at a strike rate of 132.69 but he would have to score those runs a bit quickly to have a big impact on the match.
Ajinkya Rahane is expected to get another game in the absence of Rishabh Pant while Shreyas Iyer and Marcus Stoinis remain the key players for Delhi in the middle order.
Delhi's bowling doing well
Delhi do not have any concerns with their bowling. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are doing a great job with the new ball. Harshal Patel has also settled nicely into his role of the third seamer after Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the tournament.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel have done a fine job of drying down the runs while Marcus Stoinis has played the role of the sixth bowler well enough.
Rajasthan coming of surprise win against SRH
DC will face Rajasthan, who themselves have some problems to solve, but would have gained some confidence after a brilliant come-from-behind victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match.
Uthappa likely to open
Ben Stokes could not have an instant impact in the last game but is expected to come good in the match against Delhi. Robin Uthappa is likely to open the batting for the side. Rahul Tewatia remains their star in the middle order.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler(wk), Robin Uthappa, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Alex Carey(wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Harshal Patel
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