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RR vs DC IPL 2020 Match Day Live Updates: Highest Run Scorer Delhi Take on Highest Run Chaser Rajasthan in Sharjah

RR vs DC Playing XI Live Updates IPL 2020: So far four matches have been played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and teams batting first have won three of them. The highest score in this ground in this year's IPL is 228 and it was scored by Delhi Capitals against Kolkata Knight Riders. However, the only team to have won chasing at this ground is coincidentally Rajasthan Royals. In their match against Kings XI Punjab, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia played two whirlwind knocks to help RR chase down a target of 224 in 19.3 overs

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Rishabh Pant was on fire last year against Rajasthan Royals. Can he help Delhi continue their winning streak in the IPL 2020?

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However, the only team to have won chasing at this ground is coincidentally Rajasthan Royals. In their match against Kings XI Punjab, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia played two whirlwind knocks to help RR chase down a target of 224 in 19.3 overs

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So far four matches have been played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and teams batting first have won three of them. The highest score in this ground in this year's IPL is 228 and it was scored by Delhi Capitals against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Shane Warne is hopeful of Rajasthan ending their losing streak, but can they against the mighty Delhi Capitals?

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Rajasthan Royals' highest wicket-taker this season:

1. Jofra Archer - 5 wickets

2. Rahul Tewatia - 4 wickets

3. Shreyas Gopal - 4 wikets

4. Tom Curran - 3 wickets

5. Ankit Rajpoot - 2 wickets

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Rajasthan Royals' highest run scorer this season:

1. Sanju Samson - 171 runs

2. Steve Smith - 133 runs

3. Jos Buttler -117

4. Rahul Tewatia - 106

5. Jofra Archer - 86

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England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan believes that "leaders without title" play an equally important part as the designated one if a team intends to travel in the right direction in its pursuit of greatness.

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What has happened to the most destructive batsman in the history of the IPL Andre Russell?

 

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Delhi Capitals gear up for Rajasthan Royals contest

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DELHI CAPITALS vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS:

Top Run-Getters:

Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan (485) & Rishabh Pant (220)

Highest Score in an innings:

Delhi Capitals: AB de Villiers (79*)

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (105*)

Wicket-Takers

Rajasthan Royals: Jaydev Unadkat (14)

Best Bowling Figures:

Delhi Capitals: Pawan Negi (4-18 in 4 overs)

Highest Innings Total:

Delhi Capitals: 196-6

Rajasthan Royals: 201-6

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Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals Last 4 matches:

DC won by 5 wickets

DC won by 6 wickets

DC won by 4 runs

RR won by 10 runs

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Meanwhile, Former India international Virender Sehwag has taken a dig at Chennai Super Kings batsman Kedar Jadhav after his poor showing against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.Jadhav had come in to bat at a crucial time of the chase as CSK, despite being in a strong position, were unable to score freely against KKR's spinners. “It should have been chased down. But the dot balls played by Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t help. And, in my view, some of the Chennai Super Kings batsmen think of CSK as a government job, whether you perform or not, they know they’ll get their salary anyway,” Sehwag said.

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Chasing a massive 202-run target, Nicholas Pooran made 77 off 37 balls but didn’t get enough support from the other end as Kings XI Punjab were bundled out for 132 inside 17 overs,

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After registering a 69-run win over Kings XI Punjab, SRH captain David Warner admitted that he was a bit nervous as KXIP’s Nicholas Pooran was hitting sixes and boundaries with ease. “I was a bit nervous while Nicholas was hitting it over the stands,” he said.  Having played with Pooran in Bangladesh, Warner kept thinking on “what can I do, how can I get him out,” as he said in the post-match interview.

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This is what Brian Lara said on Rishabh Pant

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Ahead of the game against Rajasthan Royals, DC wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant earned some praise from West Indies batting legend Brian Lara. "I think he is a major asset for the Delhi Capitals, but today he has also vastly improved his game. I am talking about his batting and the improvements he made in that department," Lara said on Star Sports.

NOTE: Rishabh Pant scored 53 off 38 balls & 78 off just 36 deliveries in his last two matches against Rajasthan

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Last two encounters:

Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra starred with the ball as DC beat RR by 5 wickets in Delhi in 2019– the last time these two sides met in an IPL encounter. The Indian speedster got rid of the top order while the leg spinner bamboozled the middle order – both accounted for three wickets each as RR were restricted to 115 for 9. Rishabh Pant hammered a quickfire 53 off 38 deliveries to take DC through by 5 wickets with almost 4 overs to spare.

The two teams had met in Jaipur on the 22nd of April. Ajinkya Rahane smashed an unbeaten 105 off just 63 deliveries – the highest score by any RR batsman against any team in any edition of the IPL. RR posted 191 for 6 but a great start by Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan and an unbeaten 78 off just 36 deliveries by Pant saw DC home by six wickets with 4 deliveries remaining.

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Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals have faced each other 20 times so far in the IPL and the team from Jaipur holds a slight edge over Delhi in the overall head to head record, having beaten them 11 times in 20 matches.

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5. Steven Smith (RR)

Like Samson, Steve Smith gave two stellar performances in Sharjah – a 47-ball 69 against CSK followed by a 27-ball 50 against Kings XI Punjab. But has scored in single-digits thereafter. Can the return to Sharjah spark something in him too? Smith makes full use of the power-play hitting innovative shots over the top but if needed has the ability to drop anchor and play the role of the accumulator too.

RR vs DC IPL 2020 Match Day Live Updates: Highest Run Scorer Delhi Take on Highest Run Chaser Rajasthan in Sharjah

RR vs DC IPL 2020 Match Day Live Updates: So far four matches have been played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and teams batting first have won three of them. The highest score in this ground in this year's IPL is 228 and it was scored by Delhi Capitals against Kolkata Knight Riders. However, the only team to have won chasing at this ground is coincidentally Rajasthan Royals. In their match against Kings XI Punjab, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia played two whirlwind knocks to help RR chase down a target of 224 in 19.3 overs

Rajasthan Royals is set to face a stern challenge when they go up against Delhi Capitals in the 23rd match of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2020. DC are in fine form this season, having won four out of five matches played. It is the only team to have lost only one match. Even the table-toppers Mumbai Indians have lost two.

On the other hand, RR is on a three-match losing streak. After winning the first two matches, they just withered away. They will have to move past the losses and look ahead to future opportunities. The tournament is still ripe and a couple of wins can bring them back in the race. Lucky for them, the upcoming match against DC will be played at Sharjah, the venue where both their victories have come.

Delhi Capitals will have a chance to go to the top of the points table if they beat Rajasthan Royals in their next encounter scheduled to be held at Sharjah – this will be match number 23 of the ongoing Indian Premier League. Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals faces off against Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals, Delhi are currently at number 2 on the points table and a win would take them to the top of the pile. Rajasthan on the other hand are second from the bottom. Having started with a bang with two wins from two matches but have since lost their last three encounters.

Delhi Capitals has had the better of the RR in the last two editions. They beat RR in both the matches in 2019 while the honours were shared in 2018.

Ahead of the game against Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals' wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant earned some praise from West Indies batting legend Brian Lara. "I think he is a major asset for the Delhi Capitals, but today he has also vastly improved his game. I am talking about his batting and the improvements he made in that department," Lara said on Star Sports.

Also, don't forget Rishabh Pant scored 53 off 38 balls & 78 off just 36 deliveries ins his last two matches against Rajasthan

Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals have faced each other 20 times so far in the IPL and the team from Jaipur holds a slight edge over Delhi in the overall head to head record, having beaten them 11 times in 20 matches.

We look at 5 players who could have the maximum impact in the match:

1. Kagiso Rabada (DC): Quite simply, amongst the most talented and fearsome fast bowlers in the world today, Kagiso Rabada has already picked 43 wickets in 23 IPL matches. His bowling average of 16.41 and strike rate of 12.3 are both the best in the history of the IPL! The South African is the leading wicket-taker of IPL 2020 with 12 wickets from 5 matches.

2. Rishabh Pant (DC): Rishabh Pant has a strike rate of 160.25 - the third-highest in the history of the IPL only after Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. He was in devastating form in the 2018 IPL aggregating 684 runs in 14 matches at a stunning strike rate of 173.6! It was the second-highest aggregate of the season. Pant hasn’t quite been at his destructive best yet in IPL 2020 but has already given glimpses of his prowess with the bat.

3. Axar Patel (DC): Axar Patel has been DC’s unsung hero in IPL 2020 – with an economy rate of just 4.57, the left-arm orthodox bowler is the most restrictive bowler of the tournament.

4. Sanju Samson (RR): Sanju Samson gave two Player of the Match performances in this IPL in RR’s victories at Sharjah but has failed in the last three matches. With RR back at Sharjah, maybe the change of venue will again see the best of Samson!

5. Steven Smith (RR): Like Samson, Steve Smith gave two stellar performances in Sharjah – a 47-ball 69 against CSK followed by a 27-ball 50 against Kings XI Punjab. But has scored in single-digits thereafter. Can the return to Sharjah spark something in him too? Smith makes full use of the power-play hitting innovative shots over the top but if needed has the ability to drop anchor and play the role of the accumulator too.

Let's look at key matchups which could decide the outcome in the match.

1. Kagiso Rabada (DC) vs Steven Smith (RR)

This will be an intriguing battle as one of the best bowlers in the world will clash with one of the best batsmen in international cricket. Kagiso Rabada is the leading wicket-taker of IPL 2020 with 12 wickets from 5 matches while Steven Smith has already given a glimpse of his growing T20 prowess with two stupendous performances in Sharjah. Smith likes to make use of the power-play but it will not be easy against the South African speedster.

2. Rishabh Pant (DC) vs Jofra Archer (RR)

Rishabh Pant has a strike rate of 160.25 - the third-highest in the history of the IPL only after Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. He hasn’t been at his destructive best in this tournament and thus would be raring to fire against the Royals.

But in Archer he will face a daunting challenge. The English pacer is RR’s best bowler of the competition and also the most restrictive one.

3. Axar Patel (DC) vs Sanju Samson (RR)

Axar Patel has been DC’s unsung hero in IPL 2020 – with an economy rate of just 4.57, the left-arm orthodox bowler is the most restrictive bowler of the tournament. He has controlled the flow of runs in the middle overs as well as when the field is in within the power-play. But will he be able to keep in check the talented Samson? The RR batsman gave two scintillating performances in RR’s victories at Sharjah but has failed in the last three matches. Will a return back to the venue trigger the genius of Samson again?

Another interesting thing to look forward to will be R Ashwin vs Jos Buttler battle. With Ashwin already sending out his final warning on the run-out at the non-strikers' end, Jos Buttler will definitely think twice before stealing a run for sure.

Delhi Capitals (DC) will have a chance to go to the top of the points table if they beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their next encounter scheduled to be held at Sharjah – this will be match 23 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. DC is currently at number 2 on the points table but have a game in hand – they are the only team who have lost just one match in the tournament thus far.

Delhi Capitals

DC have been the most formidable unit in IPL 2020 so far and the results have proven the balance in their side. The batting is firing – Prithvi Shaw has made three significant contributions which have resulted in three wins for the Capitals. Shreyas Iyer is their leading run-scorer while Rishabh Pant, though not at his best, has threatened to be destructive. Shikhar Dhawan continues to play the role of the accumulator at the top though the IPL veteran would be looking for a big contribution.

Marcus Stoinis has been the trump card for DC – he has won them two matches with the bat and is a useful bowling option too.

Kagiso Rabada continues to be the lead bowler for the Capitals – he is the highest wicket-taker of IPL 2020 thus far with 12 wickets in 5 matches striking every 10 deliveries. He has also been difficult to get away and has an economy rate of 7.5 in the competition. Axar Patel has been the unsung hero for DC – he has been the most economical bowler of the tournament conceding at just 4.57 runs per over – his efforts are even more commendable as he has not only bowled in the middle overs but also in the powerplay.

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Rajasthan Royals

RR have been on a downhill slope after starting the tournament brilliantly with two stupendous wins in Sharjah. Since then, they have lost three out of three.

Sanju Samson and Steven Smith, who were at the destructive best in the first two matches, have now registered three consecutive single-digit scores. The only positive for RR from their 57 drubbing at the hands of Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi was the return of form of Jos Buttler . Robin Uthappa needs to contribute in the middle order – he has just managed to muster 33 runs in 4 innings. May be RR need to shuffle their batting order and open with him.

RR’s bowling is still heavily dependent on Jofra Archer. He has picked 5 wickets and also been their most restrictive bowler with an economy rate of 7.1 in the tournament.

RR would hope that a return back to Sharjah would change their luck too.

WHAT: IPL 2020, Match 23

WHEN: October 9, 7:30PM IST

WHERE: Sharjah

TELECAST: Star Sports Network

LIVE STREAMING: Disney + Hotstar

Predicted XI

RR: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (c), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Jaydev Unadkat

DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Harshal Patel

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