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

Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals face each other in match number 58 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Wednesday. RR are placed 3rd in the IPL 2022 table. They have sealed seven wins and four losses. DC are placed fifth, having won five and lost six from 11 games.

Analysis of RR

RR won their previous game versus PBKS to enhance their chances of a last-four berth. Prior to that, they had suffered successive defeats versus MI and KKR respectively. Jos Buttler continues to be RR’s main weapon with the bat. Sanju Samson needs to do more than cameos. Yashasvi Jaiswal returned to the side in the previous game and performed well. Shimron Hetmyer has left for the birth of his child and this could see Jimmy Neesham or Rassie van der Dussen come in.

With the ball, RR will rely a lot on Yuzvendra Chahal. He is the Purple Cap holder this season with 22 scalps. Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna will back themselves to make things tougher for DC. R Ashwin will want to exploit with his mean offerings. He has done a reasonable job in IPL 2022.

Analysis of DC

DC have had a mixed set of results. Against SRH, they were superb, riding on David Warner and Rovman Powell’s brilliance. Warner has been an able performer with bragging confidence. However, versus CSK, DC suffered a massive loss. This has been their story. A collective show is what’s gone awry. Once again. DC will rely on David Warner and Rishabh Pant. Aussie star Mitchell Marsh has responded well at number three, but the desired long innings have been missing. 

In terms of bowling, DC are well stocked and crafted. 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. Khaleel Ahmed and Anrich Nortje can be decisive. Shardul Thakur is there as well. Axar and Lalit form up a decent spin unit alongside Kuldeep.

Head-to-head record

Rajasthan Royals have a 13-12 win-loss record against Delhi Capitals in the IPL. In fact, RR (222/2) trumped DC (207/8) by 15 runs in the earlier game this season. Buttler slammed a century in that match (116).

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (captain and wicket-keeper), Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Rassie van der Dussen/James Neesham, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen.

DC predicted playing XI: KS Bharat, David Warner, M Marsh, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Khaleel Ahmed.

Which team is the predicted winner?

We go with RR in this contest. They have a better dimension on offer, and DC can struggle versus them. RR have all-round quality on offer, and that can hurt the Capitals. 

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai will host this affair. Teams chasing have won just two of the last five matches here. The wicket has averaged a first-innings total of 166 in this duration. Both pacers and spinners have fared well at DYP 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

Jos Buttler has 618 runs in IPL 2022 at 61.80. He will be eyeing to get past 650 or 700 runs. Sanju Samson has 321 runs this season at 32.10. David Warner needs 25 more to reach the 400-run mark in IPL 2022 (375). Rishabh Pant needs 19 runs to attain a mark of 300.

The major bowling stats on offer

Kuldeep has 18 scalps at 19.55 in IPL 2022. Axar has claimed 99 scalps in IPL and is one shy of 100. Khaleel has claimed 16 scalps from 8 games. For RR, Chahal has 22 scalps this season and 161 overall. Ashwin has claimed 154 wickets and can get past Piyush Chawla (157).

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, David Warner, Devdutt Padikkal

All-rounders: Mitchell Marsh, Rovman Powell

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, Khaleel Ahmed

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Warner

All-rounders: Rovman Powell, Axar Patel

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Khaleel Ahmed, Anrich Nortje

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

David Warner: The Aussie has 375 runs in IPL 2022. He can be on song and make his presence felt. He is a key player for DC and has experience riding. With DC being a bit short on batting, Warner has work in front of him.

Jos Buttler: IPL 2022 Orange Cap holder Buttler has a crucial job against a side with quality names in bowling. If Buttler is in his range, it will be difficult to prevent him from scoring useful runs for RR.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Kuldeep Yadav: The left-arm spinner has found his confidence back and the performances have been telling on the field. He has made good returns this season. He will be aiming to control the flow of runs and pick wickets.

Yuzvendra Chahal: With 22 scalps, Chahal has done an able job this season. He can be influential once again. He has a good record versus DC.

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