A new captain brought new fortunes straightaway for Rajasthan Royals as they returned to winning ways in a do-or-die encounter against Mumbai Indians a couple of nights ago. On Monday, nothing much will change as they gear up to face Delhi Daredevils in their own backyard.
With both teams rejuvenated after their respective victories, it will be an interesting battle come Monday.
However, Rajasthan would be a bit more desperate than Delhi as they are languishing at the second last position in the points table with just three wins from nine outings.
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Rajasthan would look to continue to capitalize on their home advantage under new captain Smith. But they would certainly miss their prolific opener Jos Buttler.
Anjikya Rahane, who has been struggling with his form and also seemed to be out of ideas, was eventually stripped of captaincy and next he might also lose his opening slot to Rahul Tripathi.
Tripathi was impressive during his 45-ball fifty against Kings XI Punjab, while Rahane was too slow in his 21-ball 26 as Rajasthan failed to chase down 182, finishing at 170/7.
With Smith back in form, having almost recovered from his elbow injury, and the youngsters like Sanju Samson and Riyan Parag coming good with the bat, Rajasthan would fancy their chances. Though their bowling still remains a worry in death overs. Except Jofra Archer and leg spinner Shreyas Gopal, none of the bowlers have been consistent.
There are high chances of Rajasthan bringing in hard-hitting middle-order batsman in place of Australia’s Ashton Turner, who has registered two consecutive ducks in this IPL. Livingstone has played only one match this season and he would look to justify his reputation of being a big hitter if given an opportunity against Delhi Capitals on Monday.
Rajasthan Royals Predicted XI against Delhi Capitals: Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Sanju Samson, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Riyan Parag, 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Jofra Archer, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Dhawal Kulkarni
Apr 22, 2019 10:12 IST
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