Dubai: The second half of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) has started on 14 October. In this sequence, Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals will once again face-to-face at Dubai International Stadium and Rajasthan, headed by Steve Smith, would like to avenge their previous defeat in this match. Both teams clashed in Sharjah on October 9, where Delhi won the match by 46 runs. But there is a difference between that Rajasthan and this Rajasthan team. That is Ben Stokes.
Stokes has not played most matches this season. He played the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in which he was not successful. Stokes was fielded by the team management to open the batting, but the veteran was dismissed by scoring only five runs. Only one over was thrown in bowling and seven runs were given.
Stokes had returned from Quarantine at that time and had left the field after practice one day. So it must have been difficult for him to get into rhythm. Now that he has practiced for two days, he must have achieved the rhythm and in such a situation, all-rounder is a big threat to Delhi in every respect.
Whether Stokes will start the innings in this match remains to be seen. But it would be better for Rajasthan to play Stokes in the middle order as there is no player in the middle order or lower order who can handle the team after the top order fails.
On the other hand, Sanju Samson’s constantly falling graph is also a concern for the team. Sanju, who played stormy innings in the opening matches, has calmed down. Jose Butler and Steve Smith are two more batsmen who can change the fortunes of Rajasthan.
In the last match, Rahul Tewatia and Ryan Parag took away the victory from the mouth of Hyderabad. Therefore, the confidence of these two will also be above, but maintaining consistency is a challenge for Teotia as well as for Pollen. After Punjab, Tewatia had a gap in form after playing the match-winning innings, which was broken in the match against Hyderabad.
If Jofra Archer gets the support of Stokes in bowling, then this English pair has the power to stop the strong force of Delhi.
Talking about Delhi, Rishabh Pant could be missed in this match, who has been out of the team for almost a week. Alex Carrie, who came in his place, can score runs fast but Pant’s style is different and the way Pant bats, he has no match.
Against Mumbai Indians, the team lacked Pant and the team could not score as much as they should have. Yes, the good thing for Delhi in the last match was that Shikhar Dhawan is in form. He returned unbeaten after scoring 69 runs.
Prithvi Shaw, captain Shreyas Iyer’s bat is also going on, Marcus Stoinis has proved to be a big player for the team in the lower order. He is accompanied by Shimran Hetmyer.
In bowling too, Kagiso Rabada, Enrique Norkhia and Stoynis have performed well. Ravichandran Ashwin’s driver bowling in spin can cause problems for batsmen for Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (captain), Ankit Rajput, Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Jose Butler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank McCardey, Rahul Tewatia, Ryan Parag, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat , Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, Karthik Tyagi, David Miller, Oshane Thomas, Anirudh Joshi, Andrew Tye, Tom Kurain, Ben Stokes.
Delhi capitals : Shreyas Iyer (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Jason Roy, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimran Hetmyer, Akshar Patel, Chris Woakes, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Chemo Paul, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Mohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sandeep Lamichane, Enrique Norkhia, Tushar Deshpande.