RR vs DC IPL 2021: It is now time for the 7th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season where the Rajasthan Royals (RR) are all set to lock horns with the Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 15. Rajasthan Royals suffered a heartening 4-run loss in their opening match against Punjab Kings while Delhi Capitals picked up a convincing 7-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in their first game. However, Rajasthan Royals have suffered yet another massive setback as their premier all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of IPL 2021 with a broken hand. But they are some very quality players who will be in action in this exciting RR vs DC battle.
1. Shikhar Dhawan
Delhi Capitals senior opener Shikhar Dhawan started in IPL 2021 just from where he left last year. In the first match against CSK, Dhawan smashed a match-winning knock of 85 runs off 54 balls that included 10 fours and 2 sixes. He was involved in a fabulous 139-run opening partnership with Prithvi Shaw that completely took the game away from Chennai Super Kings on the same venue. The southpaw batsman also finished as the second highest run-getter in IPL 2020 scoring a brilliant tally of 618 runs in 17 matches at a strike-rate of 144.73.
Shikhar Dhawan vs CSK in IPL 2021
2. Sanju Samson
In his first IPL match as captain of Rajasthan Royals team, Sanju Samson slammed a mind-boggling innings of 119 runs off only 63 balls that consisted of 12 fours and 7 sixes. However, despite a superlative effort with the bat, the skipper failed to take his team over the line against Punjab Kings. Samson also became the first player in the IPL history to smash a hundred on his captaincy debut. In 14 matches last season, the swashbuckling batsman notched up 375 runs at a phenomenal strike-rate of 158.89. But Samson will be hoping to continue his superb form throughout this edition in order to get his place back in the Indian T20I squad.
Sanju Samson vs PBKS in IPL 2021
3. Prithvi Shaw
After a smashing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 season, Prithvi Shaw continued his remarkable form in the first match for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2021 as well. While opening the batting, Prithvi played a blistering knock of 72 runs off just 38 deliveries that comprised of 9 fours and 3 sixes. His superb century partnership with Shikhar Dhawan proved to be a match-defining performance for the Delhi Capitals against Chennai. Prithvi came into this tournament on the back of a record-breaking run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he amassed a total of 823 runs in 8 games at an outstanding average of 165.40.
Prithvi Shaw vs CSK in IPL 2021
4. Rishabh Pant
The newly appointed Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant started off his leadership reign with a big win over the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings side. Pant’s services with the bat were not needed much in the game as he contributed with an unbeaten 15 off 12 balls. However, the left-hander has been in a stunning form in the recent few months at the international level across formats. In his last 3 outings, Pant has smashed two terrific half-centuries.
Rishabh Pant vs RR since IPL 2018
5. Jos Buttler
With Ben Stokes ruled out for the entire IPL 2021 season, his English teammate Jos Buttler will have to play a significant role to bolster the Rajasthan Royals batting line-up this season. Buttler has a great experience of playing at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai as he has been part of the Mumbai Indians setup in the past. The swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman smashed a total of 328 runs in 13 games at a strike-rate of 144.49. Buttler will surely be a key player to watch out for in this game against Delhi Capitals.
Jos Buttler in IPL 2020
It will surely be really difficult task for the Rajasthan Royals team management to decide on who will replace Ben Stokes in the playing XI for this game. Liam Livingstone or David Miller are the likely contenders for that spot. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals have also suffered a major blow with Anrich Nortje testing positive for Covid-19 and already Axar Patel is serving isolation. But the good news for them is that their premier pacer Kagiso Rabada will be available for selection in this match.
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