Match 30 of IPL 2020 sees two groups with very completely different ambitions go up towards one another, as second-placed Delhi Capitals tackle seventh-placed Rajasthan Royals on the Dubai Worldwide Stadium.
The Delhi Capitals have lived as much as their billing as one of many pre-tournament favourites. They’ve taken the league section by storm thus far, and have gained all however two video games.
Rajasthan, however, have disenchanted after a wonderful begin that noticed them beat the Chennai Tremendous Kings and the Kings XI Punjab of their first two matches.
Sitting fairly close to the highest of the desk, DC’s IPL 2020 marketing campaign has been the embodiment of teamwork. With runs flowing from throughout the batting line-up, their highest scorer thus far has been Shreyas Iyer with 245 runs, a complete 142 runs and 7 locations behind runaway chief KL Rahul on the run-getters record for the season.
That stated, their standout performer thus far in IPL 2020 has been Kagiso Rabada. The South African pacer has picked up 17 wickets in his 7 video games thus far, and tops the charts comfortably. To place that into perspective, Jasprit Bumrah, who’s the subsequent highest wicket-taker, has 11 wickets to his title.
Nonetheless, their bowling has not been a one-man present both. The likes of countryman Anrich Nortje, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin have all ably supported Rabada. This Delhi facet does appear to be fairly completely different to those from the years passed by. They appear to have all of the makings of a champion facet, and are additionally being guided by the most effective within the enterprise in Ricky Ponting.
RR, nonetheless, have flattered to deceive within the event. When IPL 2020 kicked off, it appeared like wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson was lastly going to make consistency part of his arsenal with back-to-back fifties within the first couple of video games.
Whereas Samson is RR’s top-scorer in IPL 2020 with 202 runs, it’s noteworthy that 159 of these runs got here within the first two matches, with the subsequent 5 video games proving to be a little bit of a dud.
Samson has not been the one participant responsible of the crime, as skipper Steve Smith has additionally seen his type peter out after the primary two matches. After scoring 119 runs in his first two video games, Smith has solely gotten to 162 after his seventh IPL 2020 match.
The Royals appeared to have run right into a brick wall by way of discovering victories within the event. Till they confronted Sunrisers Hyderabad, in fact. An unbroken 85-run stand between find-of-the-season Rahul Tewatia (extra on that later) and younger Riyan Parag helped RR chase down 159 and convey the dropping streak to an finish as soon as and for all.
With Rajasthan having one eye on a possible change in fortunes, this DC v RR IPL 2020 fixture might be as entertaining as they arrive, particularly with DC sure to overlook a participant central to their fortunes in Rishabh Pant.
IPL 2020: DC v RR Match Prediction
Though Pant’s type has not been the very best thus far this season, the wicketkeeper-batsman has been a key a part of their plans in current campaigns. That is much more so this season, with him being among the many senior gamers in what’s a younger squad.
A Grade 1 tear signifies that Pant will miss greater than ‘simply a few video games’ this IPL 2020 season. And whereas the teenager will probably be a giant miss to the Capitals, the Delhi franchise do have high quality on the bench within the type of Ajinkya Rahane and Alex Carey who may present ample cowl for the southpaw.
For all that has been stated concerning the Royals’ IPL 2020 season, they’ve had their share of positives too. The largest of the lot has been the emergence of Rahul Tewatia as a real all-rounder. Along with a few match-winning innings down the order for the Royals, Tewatia additionally has 5 worthwhile scalps to his title, and is RR’s second-highest wicket-taker within the event.
Add to that the psychological enhance that comes with the return of 2019 World Cup last Man of the Match Ben Stokes, and the Royals may properly be on their highway to redemption in a event the place little or no has gone their manner till now. Nonetheless, whether or not the ‘Ben Stokes opening’ experiment continues stays to be seen.
Going by current historical past, the crew successful the toss would have a large benefit – offered they choose to bat first, in fact. Groups batting first have gained 12 out of 14 fixtures on the venue within the IPL 2020, though two of them had been victories that got here within the Tremendous Over.
Curiously, the final crew to win at Dubai in a run-chase had been the Royals, once they beat SRH by 5 wickets of their final sport. Nonetheless, given the general high quality within the DC line-up, and the shape that they’ve exhibited at IPL 2020, it’s fairly protected to say that the Capitals ought to take this match comfortably.
Prediction: DC to win at the moment’s IPL 2020 match.
Revealed 14 Oct 2020, 12:08 IST