IPL 2021 Match 7 – Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Capitals Betting Preview
IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Capitals – Preview, Prediction, Probable Playing XIs and Value Bets
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Capitals
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Thursday, April 15th, 2021
16:00 SA Time
The seventh match of Indian Premier League sees Rajasthan Royals (RR) battling Delhi Capitals (DC) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. The rivalry between these two sides is neck and neck with each team winning 11 matches. However, DC seems to have dominated RR in recent times, winning all four matches in the last two seasons. DC are heading into this match with a win in their first game against CSK while RR lost a closely fought thriller against PBKS.
The finalists of IPL 2020, Delhi Capitals are looking like a solid team this season too. In the first match, DC chased down 189 against CSK with ease by 8 balls to spare. Shikhar Dhawan played a quality knock of 85 off 54 while Prithvi Shaw was at his menacing best, blasting 72 off just 38. The form of these openers along with Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis makes DC a great batting unit. Avesh Khan starred for DC with the ball as he looked impressive in his performance of 2 wickets for 23 in 4 overs. The return of the pace duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje is a massive boost for DC.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, lost by 4 runs in the first match against PBKS. RR bowlers looked helpless in conditions that were a nightmare for bowlers as they conceded 221 runs in 20 overs. But they had one bright spot in Chetan Sakariya. The youngster bowled extremely well in all the carnage around and returned the figures of 3 for 31 in four. RR’s batting was completely dependent on Sanju Samson as three batsmen couldn’t convert their starts. Samson almost took the side over the line single-handedly with a sensational hundred.
Injury and Availability News
Rajasthan Royals have suffered another massive blow as Ben Stokes is ruled out of the IPL due to a broken finger. Jofra Archer will not be available for this match as he’s recovering from the surgery on his hand. There are doubts over Kartik Tyagi’s participation too. Delhi Capitals’ pace duo, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have completed the mandatory quarantine and will be available for the match.
Probable Playing XI
Liam Livingstone/David Miller, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Andrew Tye/Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Pitch and Conditions
Jos Buttler: One of the most destructive batsmen in the world will have added responsibility with the absence of Ben Stokes. It will be interesting to see if RR persists with him in the middle order or moves him back to opening. Buttler looked sublime in his short stay against PBKS as he took down Jhye Richardson. Jos Buttler has 1739 runs to his name at an average of 34.8 and a strike rate of 150 in IPL career.
Key Players to Watch Out For
Jos Buttler: One of the most destructive batsmen in the world will have added responsibility with the absence of Ben Stokes. It will be interesting to see if RR persists with him in the middle order or moves him back to opening. Buttler looked sublime in his short stay against PBKS as he took down Jhye Richardson. Jos Buttler has 1739 runs to his name at an average of 34.8 and a strike rate of 150 in his IPL career.
Sanju Samson: Rajasthan Royals’ newly appointed Skipper made a statement in his first match as the captain. Sanju Samson played an innings for the ages when he smashed 119 off 63 while chasing a mammoth target of 222 against PBKS. He has carried his sensational form from the domestic circuit. Samson now has an average of 55 and a strike rate of 165 at Wankhede Stadium.
Shikhar Dhawan: Known as Gabbar, Shikhar Dhawan is one of those players who step their game when backed in to a corner. Dhawan in the last three IPL editions has performed brilliantly. He had his best IPL season last year when he amassed 618 runs at an average of 44 and a strike rate of 144.7. Dhawan has started this season in a remarkable style with 85-run knock against CSK.
Rishabh Pant: The madman has taken down bowling attacks for fun in the last 3 months in international cricket. The newly appointed DC captain is going through his best phase and will be looking to make the most of it. Pant didn’t have much to do with the bat in their first game. Rishabh Pant has 2093 runs in IPL with an average of 35.5 and strikerate of 151. Expect mayhem from Pant at Wankhede Stadium if he gets enough batting time.
What Bets To Take
Jos Buttler to be RR’s top batsman at 3.50.
Chris Morris to be RR’s top bowler at 3.75.
Shikhar Dhawan to be DC’s top batsman at 3.50.
Kagiso Rabada to be DC’s top bowler at 3.00.