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Delhi Capitals (DC) take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 30th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. DC suffered a final over loss against Mumbai Indians (MI) in their previous league game of IPL 2020, and will look to get back to winning ways. However, it will certainly not be easy in the absence of Rishabh Pant with RR coming into the clash having defeated SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their last league game. DC opener Shikhar Dhawan scored a half-century in the match against MI, and now has 38 fifties in the IPL.
DC captain Shreyas Iyer confirmed in their last match against MI that Rishabh Pant is out for more than a week with a hamstring injury. This is set to completely change the balance of the DC side. Not only Pant was a crucial batsman but his presence in the side also allowed DC to play Shimron Hetmyer as an overseas batsman but now they have play Alax Carrey as the wicket-keeper batsman, meaning Hetmyer might find it difficult to get a spot in the XI.
In today’s match of Indian Premier league 2020 (IPL 2020), Delhi Capitals would be eyeing the top spot on IPL 2020 points table, when Shreyas Iyer led side take on Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International cricket stadium today. When the two teams clashed in IPL 2020 on October 9, DC defeated RR by 46 runs.
The Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals met barely 5 days ago in the Indian Premier League. That time DC emerged on top thanks to an all-round show led by Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel. But a lot has changed since then, Delhi Capitals have lost Ishant Sharma and Rishabh Pant due to injuries and the Royals have finally got back to winning ways. Steve Smith would be hoping the Royals can turn the tables and beat DC to spice-up the points table when they meet today in IPL 2020 match No. 30 of the Indian Premier League in Dubai.
Although Delhi defeated Rajasthan in the reverse fixture, the Australian wicketkeeper says their opponents, who are fresh off a confidence boosting win, shouldn't be written off as they have an important player back in their team. "We have played everyone once and we had a very good result against RR last time. They will have Ben Stokes coming to their line-up which will strengthen but I also think we are playing some outstanding cricket." Carey said in a video posted by the franchise's official Twitter handle.
RCB have a lot going for them this season, but they'd like to improve their fielding.
RCB have a lot going for them this season, but they'd like to improve their fielding— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 14, 2020
They've put down more than 30% of the chances that have come their way#IPL2020 https://t.co/oONCuV3RBF pic.twitter.com/foRVFb58gg
Misbah-ul-Haq has decided to step down as Pakistan chief selector to focus more on his head coach role with the national cricket team. Misbah told a media briefing in Lahore on Wednesday that he has informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he would be stepping down as chief selector on November 30. He had taken the dual role of chief selector and head coach in September last year. "I will select the squad for the coming series against Zimbabwe but after that I just want to focus on my work as head coach," he said.
In the same light, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) picked one player from their backyard against the ‘King of Clay’ at the Roland Garros, one day after his epic performance. It is a well-known fact that the official Twitter handle of RR leaves no chance unturned to make hilarious comments.
From poking fun at teams, players to sharing funny pictures from the game, the Royals finds a way to steal the limelight on social media. On Monday, Rajasthan poked fun at their own player as they shared a brief video of Shreyas Gopal playing tennis amid warming up sessions of IPL 2020 in the UAE and captioned it as “The only man who can end @RafaelNadal’s #RolandGarros streak!”
New Zealand's oldest surviving Test cricketer and former captain John Reid has died here at the age of 92, the country's cricket board said on Wednesday. Reid, regarded as one of the world's best all-rounders during his heyday in the fifties and early sixties, captained New Zealand in 34 Tests including, most notably, the country's first three victories. "He was, and will remain, a household name in this country, having helped pave the way for everything that has come in his wake," New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said in a statement offering his tributes.
Chennai Super Kings spinner Imran Tahir finished the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League as the highest wicket-taker with 26 wickets from 17 games. But last year's purple-cap holder is yet to get the nod this season after eight games. CEO Kasi Viswanathan though has made it clear that a playing XI spot is round the corner for the star leg-spinner. Speaking to ANI, Viswanathan said that the conditions on offer in the UAE have forced the team management to go in with two foreign batsmen and fast bowling all-rounders. But he expects Tahir to come in as the wickets will now start turning.
Rishabh Pant's unavailabilty has affected Delhi capital's balance.
MATCH PREVIEW🏏🔥@DelhiCapitals vs @rajasthanroyals— Cricket World (@Cricket_World) October 14, 2020
Rishabh Pant's unavailability has affected the balance of Delhi Capitals and they will be looking for some answers in their clash against Rajasthan Royals.https://t.co/9RjF30oIgg#DCvsRR #DCvRR #IPL2020 #Dream11IPL pic.twitter.com/WWjVJRR8VP
In a big boost to Kings XI Punjab, their marquee fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell has made a full recovery from his injury, and will be available for selection for the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, October 15 in the 2020 Dream11 Indian Premier League. Alongside Cottrell, his fellow countryman Chris Gayle has also been deemed fit a couple of days back, and should be available for the RCB game. Sheldon Cottrell suffered a groin injury in one of the training sessions in the past week, and therefore missed out in KXIP’s last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders. “Chris Jordan comes in for Cottrell, who has a niggle and might miss out on a couple of games,” Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul had said during the toss of that game.
Here are a few milestones players would be looking to achieve in this game:
1. Kagiso Rabada: The Delhi Capitals' premier pacer Kagiso Rabada needs 2 wickets to complete 50 IPL wickets. South Africa quick is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament and he's is extending his lead in the wickets tally with every passing day. With 17 wickets, he is currently the Purple Cap-holder in the ongoing season of the tournament.
2. Shreyas Iyer: Delhi Capitals' skipper and top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer requires 32 runs to complete 1000 IPL runs as captain and needs 74 runs to complete 2000 IPL runs. Iyer has scored 245 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 138.42.
3. Steve Smith: The Rajasthan Royals' skipper needs 44 runs to complete 1000 IPL runs as captain and is 79 runs away from completing 1000 IPL runs for RR. Smith hasn't had the best of the season so far with the bat but a win in their previous game must have boosted his morale and the Australian batsman would be aiming to lead his team from the front against Delhi.
4. Jos Buttler: The Rajasthan Royals' opener needs 6 sixes to complete 50 IPL sixes for his franchise. The explosive England batsman has so far hit 9 maximums in this edition of the league.
Australian wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey made his IPL debut against Mumbai Indians in a match that the Delhi Capitals went on to lose and thus had to relinquish their top spot on the points table. They are up against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday and would want to get back to winning ways. Rishabh Pant’s injury has disturbed the balance of the team but it means Carey will get a longer stint in the playing XI in place of Shimron Hetmyer. The West Indian was in great form before getting dropped and Carey will have his task cut out as DC would need some explosive batting at the death as the wickets slow up in the UAE.
Thus, the Australian has played a pivotal role in 2 of DC’s 4 wins in the tournament. His strike rate of 198.38 in IPL 2020 is the third-highest (min. 100 runs) only after Kieron Pollard and Sanju Samson. His contributions assume greater significance as DC’s main striker in the middle order – Pant – hasn’t quite been at his best in the tournament. The Indian left-hander has scored at a rate of 139.02 which is much below his IPL career strike rate of 160.25.
This victory gave DC confidence and set the tone for the rest of the tournament. Stoinis again showed his prowess with the bat as a finisher against RCB in Dubai. Coming into bat at 90 for 3 in the 12th over, he top-scored for his franchise with a ferocious unbeaten 53 off just 26 deliveries – a knock that included 6 fours and 2 sixes. It was the difference between DC ending with a par score of 160-170 and a match-winning one of 196 for 4.
But Stoinis wasn’t done for the match! He defended 13 off the final over of the innings to push the match into a Super Over – this after having conceded 12 off the first three deliveries! He held his nerve and composure and finished the innings with a dot ball, wicket, wicket! KXIP were dismissed for 2 in the Super Over and DC went on to register a famous and thrilling win from the jaws of defeat.
He has been the prime finisher for the Capitals taking that role from the more reputed Rishabh Pant who after a slow start is just about getting his act together in the competition. Coming in to bat at 86 for 4 (after 14 overs) at the fall of Pant’s wicket against Kings XI Punjab in DC’s opening fixture in Dubai, Stoinis blasted 53 off just 21 deliveries smashing 7 fours and 3 sixes, to take his team to a par score of 157 for 8. While all the other DC batsmen struggled to up the ante and scored at a collective strike rate of 94.06, Stoinis was in a different zone and struck at rate of 252.38!
Australian Marcus Stoinis has produced one sensational all-round performance and another smashing one with the bat – both significant and leading to victory for Delhi Capitals helping them top the points table one-third into the tournament.
Who would come out trumps today -- KG or Archer?
.@KagisoRabada25 🆚 @JofraArcher ⚡— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from 🇦🇪) (@DelhiCapitals) October 14, 2020
Blink and you miss it 🤫@rajasthanroyals, let's get these two to recreate #TheFlash pose together tonight 😉#DCvRR #Dream11IPL #YehHaiNayiDilli pic.twitter.com/A2QHuC9iMB
2. Prithvi Shaw (DC) vs Jofra Archer (RR)
Jofra Archer is RR’s trump card with the ball and one of the fiercest fast bowlers in world cricket. He is the leading wicket-taker for RR in the tournament and also their most restrictive with an economy rate of 6.82.
Prithvi Shaw has already produced three significant performances with the bat in IPL 2020, all resulting in a win for the Capitals. He has provided the impetus at the start as his strike rate of 150.74 indicates.
We look at the potential key match-ups in the match.
1. Kagiso Rabada (DC) vs Sanju Samson (RR)
This battle, in the power-play, could decide the outcome of the match, one of the most talented fast bowlers in the world against one of India’s most talented batsmen!
Kagiso Rabada has already picked 48 wickets in 25 IPL matches. His bowling average of 16.02 and strike rate of 12 are both the best in the history of the IPL! The South African speedster is the leading wicket-taker of IPL 2020 with 17 wickets from 7 matches.
Samson displayed his batting prowess with two great knocks in RR’s initial two matches in Sharjah but has failed miserably thereafter. He would be desperate to make amends in the business end of the tournament.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments said that a request has been sent to IPL GC for a replacement for Ishant. "Yes, we have sent in a request to the organisers for a replacement for Ishant," the source said. Delhi had earlier lost Amit Mishra to a finger injury.
With the lack of power hitters in the middle order, Delhi managed only 162 for 4 in their 20 overs with Shikhar Dhawan making a relatively slow half-century (69 off 52). MI ended up winning by five wickets. Earlier, Delhi Capitals had written to the Indian Premier League Governing Council, asking for a player replacement for Ishant Sharma. The India pacer has so far played just one game for the franchise against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 13th edition of the IPL.
Pant suffered the injury during Delhi Capitals' win over Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah on October 9. He missed DC's next match, against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. After the game, DC captain Shreyas Iyer said the team doctor had advised at least one week's rest for Pant. In Pant's absence, Delhi had to rejig their team combination bringing in Alex Carey as the wicketkeeper and thus dropping Shimron Hetmyer. Ajinkya Rahane batted at No. 3 with a batting slot opening up.
Delhi Capitals wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has suffered a Grade 1 hamstring tear and is likely to miss more than a couple of matches, according to a report in ANI. "He has a Grade 1 tear and it is not just a hamstring pull as was believed to be. He is under observation and we hope he gets fit quickly," ANI quoted a DC quote as saying.
Hello and welcome to yet another day in the IPL 2020. Tonight Rajasthan Royals will be up against mighty Delhi Capitals, who are on the second spot in the points table. But the problems are mounting for them midway through the season as Ishant Sharma and Rishabh Pant are injured. The latter might return to play in a few matches but won't be available against RR.