The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 36 being played between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Toppers DC have been terrific this season and started the second phase with a brilliant win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Last season’s finalists are the side to beat. They have 14 points from nine matches. Meanwhile, RR got off to a good start post IPL’s resumption. They held on against Punjab Kings, pulling off a thriller. RR are fifth with eight points from eight games.
The Capitals have a solid side on offer and the return of Shreyas Iyer has just bolstered the already heavy batting unit. Iyer came in and scored an unbeaten 47 against SRH. He grew in confidence as time went by. Shikhar Dhawan has consistently found the runs and Rishabh Pant has contributed as well. The pace-bowling duo of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada can hurt teams and RR have a severe task.
RR won two of their last three matches in the IPL before the season was suspended. They made it three out of four after defending four runs of the final over against PBKS. RR are still in with a chance of making it to the playoffs. RR did well by getting Evin Lewis, who is in prime form and batted well against PBKS. The bowling needs to be praised and RR have what it takes to test DC’s batting credibilities.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
For DC, Dhawan holds a lot of importance. Their aggression and positivity are factors that have worked for him. He is the top scorer in IPL 2021. Iyer and Pant are two solid customers to back Dhawan. DC’s batting order cannot get any better. With the ball, DC have the desired firepower with Kagiso Rabada leading the line alongside Nortje, who is bowling fast and causing issues. Axar Patel is a handy customer in the middle overs. DC will miss the services of Marcus Stoinis as he has suffered a hamstring injury. It remains to be seen which foreigner replaces Stoinis.
RR will go in with a certain sense of belief against DC. They will want to build in with the confidence gained from the win against PBKS. RR’s top-order holds the key given the middle-order lacking the bite. A good start is what’s needed. With the ball, RR have a strong outfit. Kartik Tyagi is the man on fire and Chetan Sakariya will be crucial, The experience of Mustafizur Rahman is what RR will need in getting breakthroughs against DC. However, it’s the batting that lacks that fizz.
Probable playing XIs: DC vs RR
DC probable playing XI:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Steve Smith/Tom Curran, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
RR probable playing XI:
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c&wk), Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia
Bowlers: Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rishabh Pant
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Chris Morris
Bowlers: Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Dhawan and Lewis fit both teams. Dhawan has been in top form across the last three seasons. The IPL 2021 has gone well for Dhawan, who has already chipped in with several match-winning scores. Lewis had a tremendous CPL season and is expected to shine for RR.
Axar is the main all-rounder who needs to be picked. His bowling is crucial and the consistency he brings to the side is remarkable. A safe fielder, Axar can be crucial.
In the bowling department, Nortje can be picked. He is bowling at great speeds and after a successful IPL 2020 season in UAE, Nortje will look to continue on the same front.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan has been top-notch for DC and the manner in which he has timed the ball has been exquisite. He has been aggressive rather than just hanging around. He has scored bulk of DC’s runs and the performances have been of utmost significance. He has 422 runs at 52.75.
Evin Lewis: The West Indian was the second-highest run-scorer in the CPL and comes to the RR side with plenty of confidence. Lewis had earlier played for Mumbai in the IPL and knows what can be expected of him. The aggressive Lewis will hope to give his side a solid start.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Iyer and Yashasvi can be backed. Iyer’s brilliant return will help him earn the confidence and license to play another solid knock. Yashasvi showed why he is a future star, getting a solid 49 against PBKS.
Other choices: Mustafizur and Rabada.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch will be two-paced and therefore both spinners and pacers will have purchase. Batsmen will target the 160-170 mark and teams could prefer chasing on this wicket. The temperature is said to be around 36-degree Celsius. Toss will play a crucial role.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
In the previous meeting this season, RR beat DC by three wickets.
The two teams have faced each other on 23 occasions. RR have won 12 matches compared to DC’s 11.
DC are the outright favourites and given their depth and balance, RR could be in for a long afternoon.