May 4, 2019
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DC vs RR IPL 2019: Rajasthan hope on an outside chance

By Chaitanya Laxman

For Rajasthan Royals, it is a difficult place to be in. They have to win their last league match against Delhi Capitals and also have to hope for KKR and SRH to lose their respective last league matches. Its a tough ask but for now they can only focus on defeating Delhi at their home ground.

A change in name and personals have changed Delhi’s fate and they are in the play-offs but a top two finish is something they will fight for.

Team News:

Kagiso Rabada, the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019 is ruled out due to a niggle which means Delhi must find a death over bowler.

For Rajasthan Royals, Steve Smith has returned back to Australia leaving a big hole in the middle-order.

Form Guide:

Rahane has done well in patches for RR and so has Sanju Samson. Riyan Parag has stepped up nicely but with the core of Buttler, Smith and Stokes gone, RR’s batting is in a dilemma. S Gopal has carried their bowling attack but it will be effective if he gets some support from the pace attack.

The core of Shaw, Dhawan, Iyer and Pant has delivered for Delhi but the Achilles heel for their batting department is the lack of runs from their overseas batsmen. More importantly how will they fill-up Rabada’s absence in bowling department?

Key Numbers:

  • In  head to head battles, RR has won 11 matches while DC has won eight games.

  • However in the recent times, RR has dominated DC by winning the seven of the last nine matches.

Also check the RCB vs SRH IPL 2019 match preview

Players in focus:

Oshane Thomas has played just three matches but has done exceptionally well for RR. He has five wickets to him name and has conceded just 13.2 runs per wicket and has an economy rate of 7.3. Can he find a way to keep the Indian batsmen quiet from Delhi’s camp?

With 470 runs in 13 innings, Shikhar Dhawan has led Delhi’s batting department. He has five fifties which indicates that he has spent considerable time in the middle, offering Delhi’s other young batsmen ample breathing space. His battle against RR’s spinners will be an interesting one.

Chaitanya Laxman