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IPL 2020: Match 23- Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals-Match Preview

Steve Smith captain of RR and Shreyas Iyer captain of DC. (Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Rajasthan Royals will travel back to Sharjah from Abu Dhabi to host Delhi Capitals in Match 23 of IPL 2020. The Royals have won both their games in Sharjah, while the Capitals beat KKR in their one and only match in Sharjah so far. Can the Royals rediscover their form in Sharjah of will Delhi get the better of their opponents in this capital encounter. Both teams are at opposite sides of the points table as well. While Delhi is topping the tale, Rajasthan are placed at number seven. More about the Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Preview in detail below. 

Team Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals have won two out of two matches that they have played so far at this venue. Coming back to Sharjah therefore, they will fancy their chances of getting the better of their opponents. Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson will favor batting on this wicket either first or second. Smith meanwhile has to go back to the drawing board and see his dismissals in the last couple of matches.  After scores of 69 and 50 in his first two innings, he’s had 3, 5 and 6 since. So should Sanju Samson after failing to put up scores after his two back to fifties in the first two games. He would like to rectify the mistakes that he made against RCB and then Mumbai. 8, 4, 0, read Samson’s scores after moving away from Sharjah. The batting will depend on these three with Stokes missing for this game as well. The England all-rounder has reached the UAE and will be under quarantine till October 10. 

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Meanwhile, for the Royals bowling attack, it will be about damage control at the venue. In all the matches played so far in Sharjah scores of two hundred have been scored in the first and the second innings. 

Team Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals, too, will have happy memories of playing at this venue. They beat KKR in their previous match at this venue and will look to follow the same template. Delhi and Mumbai have been the best-balanced sides in the tournament so far. Delhi would like to repeat their performance against KKR playing against Rajasthan. They have a very good playing XI which has been delivering consistently so far in the tournament. They are bringing in good form into his match, which will keep them ahead in the contest. 

Head to Head: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals

Its neck-n-neck between the two teams in the 20 matches played in total. Rajasthan has won 11 games while Delhi has won 9. In the last five meetings between the two teams, Delhi has beaten Rajasthan three times. 

Pitch and Weather Conditions

The weather has started becoming a bit better in the evenings with winds blowing across the ground However, that does not count out the humidity factor in the groud. The ground has seen the maximum sies being hit in the tournament so far. The toss will not be a big factor as this is a small ground with a lot of runs instore. It will be interesting to see how big a factor does dew play in this game. 

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Team News

The Royals tried Yashasvi Jaiswal against Mumbai which turned out to be a failure. They might go back to Robin Uthappa or else might try a new player alongside Buttler in the form of Manan Vohra. Ben Stokes still unavailable will man that Tom Curran will get another go.

Delhi Capitals will fancy playing the same side which has been doing well for them. In the absence of Amit Mishra, Axar Patel did a commendable job against RCB. Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw, with his exciting strokeplay has been able to keep established opener Ajinkya Rahane on the bench. Interestingly, Delhi traded Rahane from his old IPL franchise ahead of IPL 2020 auction. 

Squads

Rajasthan Royals:  Steve Smith (C), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Aniruddha Joshi, Jofra Archer

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (C), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Alex Carey (wk), Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav

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