Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals face each other in match number 58 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Wednesday.

Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals face each other in match number 34 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Friday. The match is being held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. DC registered a massive win over Punjab Kings in their previous game and will be keen to do well. On the other hand, RR enjoyed winning over KKR to continue their good run in the tournament.

This is a massive game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and make their presence on the table. Here we present a complete analysis.

Analysis of DC

After losing versus RCB, the Delhi Capitals ripped apart PBKS in style. The all-round show will give them plenty of confidence. RR are a strong unit, and DC need to back itself. The openers have been terrific, stitching four fifty-plus stands on successive occasions. Skipper Rishabh Pant is there in the middle to add firepower. The Capitals have had David Warner firing for them, which is massive. Prithvi Shaw has been going strong as well.

In terms of bowling, DC are well stocked. Kuldeep Yadav has done really well so far and has been amongst the wickets. The left-arm spinner will be aiming to continue the good work. The pace unit looks lethal in Khaleel Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shardul Thakur. Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav can influence the game as well. DC will have to stop Jos Buttler from setting up the platform.

Analysis of RR

After suffering a defeat versus GT, RR showed enough pedigree to down KKR. Jos Buttler has been in tremendous form and is the leading scorer this season. The likes of Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer can add the extra bit with their aggressive nature. RR are a strong side, and the core set of batters will aim to deliver. Buttler and Hetmyer are the key assets of this side. A lot revolves around their offerings. This will be a stern contest with RR needing to topple a solid DC bowling unit.

With the ball, RR will rely a lot on Yuzvendra Chahal. He claimed a fifer versus KKR and is the Purple Cap holder. Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna will back themselves to make things tougher for DC. R Ashwin will want to exploit against his former side. Overall, RR have a good bowling unit and can stifle DC.

Head-to-head record

Both RR and DC have won 12 games each in the 24 meetings to date in IPL. Since 2019, DC have enjoyed a 5-1 record in wins over the former. Both teams had won a game each in the last edition of IPL

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

DC predicted playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Sarfaraz Khan, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed.

RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal

Which team is the predicted winner?

This will be a close contest between two sides who have the resources to make it a positive day. However, we feel DC could get past the line here. They have a better bowling unit and with the form the openers are in, one can expect the side to perform well. DC will need to prevent Buttler from scoring and this can work in their favour.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host this tie. Four games have been won by the chasing side out of six fixtures at Wankhede this season. The wicket has offered plenty of help to both batters and bowlers this season. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Warner has 5,640 runs in the IPL. He needs five fours to register a tally of 550 (545). Warner has piled up 191 runs across four innings this season at 63.67. In 12 matches versus RR, Warner has 389 runs and can get to 400. Jos Buttler has 375 runs in the ongoing season. Overall, he has 2,343 runs.

The major bowling stats on offer

Chahal has picked 17 wickets in the IPL 2022 season. In 15 games versus DC, Chahal has claimed 15 scalps. He has 156 wickets and needs two more to surpass Piyush Chawla (157). Kuldeep has taken 13 wickets this season. He has 53 IPL wickets in total.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Rishabh Pant, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer

All-rounders: Axar Patel

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Khaleel Ahmed

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Rishabh Pant, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer

All-rounders: Axar Patel

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, M Rahman

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices

David Warner: The southpaw has settled in well for DC and has three substantial scores under his belt from four games. He will relish the chance to take on RR. He has improved with every knock this season.

Y Chahal: The wrist-spinner has claimed 17 wickets in IPL 2022. He took a fifer versus KKR and changed the game. Against DC, expect Chahal to stand strong and pick crucial wickets.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Kuldeep Yadav: The Indian bowler has regained his confidence and that serves as a huge plus. Kuldeep is a champion bowler and with 13 wickets under his belt, he has hit the right chords. His wrist spin can unsettle RR.

Shimron Hetmyer: The West Indian has been a consistent scorer this season for RR and has justified his price tag. He remains a threat for the DC bowlers, especially at the death.

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