If one team needs just one win to qualify for the playoffs, the other team has to win at least three games to stand a chance to make the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Delhi Capitals (DC) are leading the points table with 14 points and have one foot in the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, are fifth with four wins and as many losses.
DC are looking as strong as ever with the return of their pacer Anrich Norjte and batter Shreyas Iyer in the team. Both performed well against SRH and contributed to the team’s easy seven-wicket victory. Consistency and ruthlessness are what DC will be hoping for as they get to the business end of the tournament.
Meanwhile, RR got out from the jailbreak against PBKS and won that match by the barest of a two-run margin. Pacer Kartik Tyagi held his composure and gave away just one run while defending four runs in the last over. But RR would be hoping to seal the match before the last over. Their batting was good in the last game but RR should ensure to get a score over 200 if they get a decent start. Sanju Samson-led RR needs to be on their toes if they want to outsmart a rampaging DC in match 36 of the IPL.
The match is going to be played in Abu Dhabi. The surface will be good to bat early on, with the surface getting slower as the match progresses.
Predicted playing XIs
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi
Anrich Nortje’s extra pace was the difference in the last game. The pacer was right on the money and consistently hit the good lengths with control. Nortje took two wickets and was rightly named the player of the match. With RR boasting of names such as Samson, Livingstone, and Rahul Tewatia in the team, Nortje would be looking to attack from the word go.
The hard-hitting England batter Livingstone failed to make his start count in the first game against PBKS. But the form that he has been, he should fancy his chance of taking on DC’s pace bowlers, Norjte and Kagiso Rabada. Livingstone’s fearless power-hitting and brisk batting could push RR to score of above 200 that would give their bowlers a decent to bowl at.