In the match 30 of the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals face Delhi Capitals at Dubai International Stadium. Rajasthan Royals seek revenge against Delhi Capitals after they lost to Delhi Capitals in the reverse fixture of the season.
Rajasthan Royals snapped their four-game losing streak against Sunrisers Hyderabad after Rahul Tewatia and Riyaan Parag led the team home. For Rajasthan Royals, despite the victory, have plenty of concerns. Their batting has failed to get going. The powerplay score in the last few games have drastically dropped for Rajasthan Royals. The team has lost a minimum of two wickets and have found it tough to garner victory out of Sharjah. They have to figure out their opening combination as they opened with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler in their previous game.
With the league already reaching the halfway stage, Rajasthan Royals need a victory to keep the playoffs scenario alive. A loss against the dominant Delhi Capitals would unsettle Rajasthan Royals for the rest of the season.
Here are the top three picks for Rajasthan Royals when they face Delhi Capitals on Wednesday:
#1) Rahul Tewatia
After the game against Kings XI Punjab, few were in hurry to call Rahul Tewatia as a “fluke”. However, he proved his doubters wrong with a great, unbeaten inning against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rajasthan Royals were in a spot of bother with all the big guns back in the hut. He forged an unassailable partnership with Riyan Parag which guaranteed the victory for Rajasthan.
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In seven games, Rahul Tewatia has 189 runs under his belt at a strike rate of 152.41. He also has contributed with the ball too as he has five wickets at an economy rate of 7.9. He will be one of the top three picks for the Rajasthan Royals against Delhi Capitals.
#2) Sanju Samson
After the first two games, everyone had their attention towards Sanju Samson with Rishabh Pant failing to score in bulk. However, the Kerala lad has once again failed to perform consistently and Rajasthan Royals have slumped into a series of defeats. Changes in the batting order has also contributed to the player’s failure.
Despite these failures, Sanju Samson is a dangerous player to deal with. He will be raring to go against Delhi Capitals which consists of the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Axar Patel and Anrich Nortje. The player will be one of the top three picks for the Pink Army against Delhi Capitals.
#3) Steve Smith
The fate of Sanju Samson is also the fate of Rajasthan Royals’ skipper, Steve Smith. After the first two games, the player has lost his way and has struggled to get going even after a decent start. Though Rajasthan won their previous game, Steve Smith failed to score runs. He was run out for a mere five and the inconsistency in the batting order has contributed to Smith’s failure.
Steve Smith has a big role to play against Delhi Capitals as Pink Army’s batting order looks weak despite the heroics of Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag. The Australian player will be one of the top three picks for Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.