A defeat at the hands of the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings meant that the Delhi Capitals lost their table-top spot and now have slumped to the third position on the points table.
Although they have already made it to the playoffs after a wait of 7 long years but a blip at this stage of the tournament will definitely hinder their momentum going into the playoffs.
Rajasthan Royals are their next opponent, a side against whom they have already registered a scintillating win courtesy a heroic batting show from Rishabh Pant. The Royals who were on the course of making it to the playoffs were sustained by the rain gods as the abandoned game against RCB halted their hopes.
They have a very minuscule chance of getting into the playoffs now, if they had managed a win over RCB, things could have been totally different, but as of now, their ray of hope is blemishing.
Delhi’s campaign has been jolted with a big blow as their premier pacer and the Purple cap holder has been ruled out from the remainder of the IPL owing some back troubles. His absence in the big stage will definitely halt them and it would be interesting to see which individual will step-up to the occasion in his absence for the Capitals.
Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals, Indian Premier League 2019, Match 52nd
04th May 2019, 04:00 PM IST
Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi
Total Matches Played: 19
DC (193-4, 19.2 overs) defeated RR (191-6, 20 overs) by 6 wickets, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
This being a day game, the team batting first will have the early advantage as the surface will slow down as the game progresses. The nature of this pitch here has been slow throughout the competition and the same can be expected once again.
Delhi Capitals – Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Manjot Kalra, Avesh Khan, Chris Morris, Hanuma Vihari, Keemo Paul, Ishant Sharma, Bandaru Ayyappa, Sherfane Rutherford, Trent Boult, Rahul Tewatia, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Rajasthan Royals – Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Prashant Chopra, Shashank Singh, Shubham Ranjane, Mahipal Lomror, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, S. Midhun, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat.
Delhi Capitals – Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Trent Boult, Sherfane Rutherford, Amit Mishra, Jagdeesh Suchith, Axar Patel. (Doubt: Ishant Sharma)
Rajasthan Royals – Liam Livingstone, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashton Turner, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Oshane Thomas, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron.
Ajinkya Rahane will hold the key in the batting department for RR. He has a brilliant record in Kotla as he has scored 457 runs from 10 innings here. Sanju Samson will be another batter to watch out for the Royals.
In the bowling department, Shreyas Gopal will be the one to watch out for as he has got 10 wickets in his last 5 matches and is coming fresh of a hat-trick against RCB in the last game.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer has been one of the most consistent performers for his side as he has been scoring well and has 2 fifties in his last two appearances in Kotla. His partner in crime would be the experienced Shikhar Dhawan whos has five fifty-plus scores already this year.
With the departure of Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma will be the responsible ones in the bowling facet of Delhi Capitals.