David Warner
David Warner

Watch: David Warner versus Nitin Menon unfolds on field as DC star gives death stare to umpire

David Warner versus Nitin Menon unfolds on the field as DC star gives death stare to the umpire.∼ The umpiring in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The umpiring level has been criticised constantly due to umpires’ poor performance. Something similar happened on Sunday (May 8) when Delhi Capitals were playing against Chennai Super Kings. Delhi Capitals opener David Warner could not hide his frustration and anger after being adjudged out by umpire Nitin Menon.

Watch: David Warner versus Nitin Menon unfolds on the field as DC star gives death stare to umpire

Delhi Capitals were chasing an improbable 209 runs for an important victory. The Delhi-based outfit needed a strong start to chase down the big score and Warner gave them exactly that. In the 11 deliveries he faced before being given out, the Australia star had smashed one four and a couple of sixes. However, his promising knock was cut short by Menon in the fifth over. Menon had no hesitation in raising his finger after a delivery from Maheesh Theekshana hit Warner on his pad.

David Warner
David Warner (Credits: Twitter)

Warner had gone for the reverse shot but the length did not allow him to play the shot. In the end, the ball ended up hitting on his back thigh. The CSK fielders went up in unison and Menon raised his finger. Warner reviewed the decision straightaway but luck was not on his side. Ball-tracking showed the ball to be just clipping the off-bail and the third umpire went with the umpire’s original call. And as the replay played on the giant screen, Warner could not hide his disappointment.

Nitin Menon
Nitin Menon (Credits: Twitter)

The furious southpaw was seen giving Menon a stare as he walked past him. The video of the incident has gone viral on the social media. Following the incident, the cricket fraternity has once again criticised the umpiring level in the biggest and the richest cricket tournament of the world.

Here is a clip of the incident:

DC suffer big loss:

In an important game where DC would have liked to be on the winning side, they ended up losing the contest by 91 runs. Batting first, CSK posted a massive total of 208 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. In-form opener Devon Conway continued his fine form with the bat and slammed 87 off just 49 balls. In reply, DC were all out for just 117 inside 18 overs. For CSK, Moeen Ali starred with the ball, picking up 3 for just 13 off his 4 overs.

Gautam Gambhir has taken a sly dig at Eoin Morgan | Photo: IANS/ BCCI
Gautam Gambhir has taken a sly dig at Eoin Morgan | Photo: IANS/ BCCI

Gautam Gambhir Questions Whether Eoin Morgan Or Team Analyst Captains KKR In IPL 2021

Gautam Gambhir took a sly dig at Eoin Morgan for making the most of the statistics from the team analyst while taking on-field decisions as the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). A remarkable second phase in the 2021 season of the IPL has paved the way for the Eoin Morgan-led KKR side to enter the playoffs stage of the cash-rich league.

Eoin Morgan-led KKR finished a step ahead of defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on the IPL 2021 points table to secure the fourth and final spot for the playoffs. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won five games out of seven in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 to complete a remarkable turnaround and seal a spot in the playoffs.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

Gautam Gambhir Unsure Whether Eoin Morgan Captains KKR On Field Or The Captaincy Is Done By Video Analyst Off Field

Speaking on ESPNcricinfo show ‘Runorder’, the former KKR skipper under whom KKR won twice in 2012 and 2014 expressed his reservations about Eoin Morgan leading his side as an on-field captain.

“Morgan’s point of view, I’m not sure because he doesn’t captain, so it’s the video analyst that captains the side. He only just looks at the video analyst, so I don’t know whether he’s the captain on the field or (if the) captaincy is happening off the field,” Gautam  Gambhir said. 

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Twitter)

The two-time IPL-winning captain then shared his views about Virat Kohli’s captaincy in his final season as RCB skipper. Though Gautam Gambhir has not enjoyed a lot of Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the IPL, the former DC skipper admitted that the RCB star has been outstanding for the Bangalore franchise.

“Virat has been fabulous. Honestly, I have not enjoyed a lot of his captaincy, but this time around, he’s been very, very good. Probably the reason is that he thinks this is his last time as captain in IPL, (so) he wants to enjoy it more; he’s just more relaxed. And he’s got the bowlers this time..,” Gautam Gambhir opined. 

As two-time champions, Kolkata has joined Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Delhi Capitals (DC) in the final four of the IPL 2021, former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir has rated all four leaders of the qualified IPL teams in the build-up to the business end of the competition.

Gautam Gambhir: MS Dhoni Is The No. 1 Skipper As He Can Handle Captaincy Pressure Best

Gautam Gambhir also lauded CSK skipper MS Dhoni for scripting Chennai’s comeback in the 14th edition of the T20 tournament after not qualifying for playoffs for the first time in IPL 2020. The former Indian cricketer and full-time cricket pundit feel the legendary CSK skipper is the numero uno captain of the IPL 2021.

MS Dhoni has guided CSK to the playoffs for the 11th time in the cash-rich league’s history. MS Dhoni-led CSK will play the first Qualifier against Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals on Sunday.

Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni
Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Purely from the captaincy point of view who can handle the pressure best, probably has to be Dhoni. Rishabh has the advantage from a point of view that he’s got a lot of experience in the playing XI. If Steve Smith plays, he’s got him alongside. He has got Ravichandran Ashwin who has captained earlier as well… so for me Dhoni is No. 1 at the moment,” Gautam Gambhir added.

Among the four teams that have reached the playoffs this year, only the Chennai Super Kings (thrice) and KKR (twice) have won an IPL title before. DC made their best-ever finish by reaching the finals in IPL 2020, and RCB has been runners-up thrice without clinching the trophy. RCB has played three finals in the IPL but lost all of them (in 2009 to the Deccan Chargers, 2011 to the Chennai Super Kings, and 2016 to Sunrisers Hyderabad).

As far as Qualifier 1 is concerned, there hasn’t been clarity on the availability of DC’s Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis as yet. Still, with Delhi seemingly grooming Ripal Patel as the fill-in, it won’t be a surprise if they go in unchanged. So the one possible change to CSK’s playing eleven could be the inclusion of Suresh Raina in place of Robin Uthappa, who hasn’t made the most of the two opportunities handed to him.

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

It Would Be Better If A New Team Like RCB Or Delhi Capitals Lift IPL 2021 Trophy: Salman Butt

Salman Butt feels it could be a blessing in disguise if Mumbai Indians (MI) do not qualify for the playoffs in the latest edition of the Indian Premier League. Salman Butt believes in their absence, the odds of a new champion being crowned would increase.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt claimed that Mumbai Indians are a formidable team. He emphasized how they have gone on to win the tournament on several occasions, despite a rocky start.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

Salman Butt: It Would Be Better If A New Team Like RCB Or DC Win The IPL 2021

The 37-year-old former tainted batsman and Pakistan skipper pointed out that the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals could benefit from Mumbai’s exit. RCB and DC will look to lay their hands on the coveted trophy for the very first time.

“It is good that MI are out of the playoffs because once they start winning from the bottom, then they go on to win the title more often than not. Wouldn’t it be better if a new team like RCB or DC wins the title?. MI are dangerous,” Salman Butt said.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians currently occupy 6th place in the IPL 2021 points table. However, their underwhelming net run rate of -0.048 could limit their chances of making the cut for the all-important playoffs.

Mumbai Indians Can Still Qualify For Playoffs If They Score More Than 200 Runs Batting First And Beat SRH By At Least 171 Runs

The five-time defending champions will have to topple the 4th placed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the points table to become the fourth team to qualify. However, the chances of that happening are very slim as they will have to beat SRH by a humongous margin in order to do so.

MI is slated to take on SRH on Friday (October 8) in Abu Dhabi. They will have to score more than 200 runs after batting first in the game and beat Hyderabad by at least 171 runs to surpass KKR’s net run rate. Notably, they will not stand a chance if they bat second in the fixture.

KKR’s massive win against RR made the equation extremely stiff for MI to qualify for playoffs. Prior to the KKR vs RR match, all MI needed was a win and hoped that the Knight Riders lost. But KKR’s win made it all the more tricky for MI. KKR’s NRR jumped to +0.587 win a win over RR, which means that MI now will not only have to win but do it comprehensively to make it to the Playoffs.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ran riot with the ball and beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 54 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Sharjah on Thursday. Put into bat, KKR posted 171/4 and then bowled out RR for 85 to register their seventh win of the season. While youngster pacer Shivam Mavi scalped four wickets, Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson picked three wickets as KKR marched towards the victory.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 171/4 (Shubman Gill 56, Venkatesh Iyer 38; Chetan Sakariya 1/23) beat Rajasthan Royals 85 (Rahul Tewatia 44, Shivam Dube 18; Shivam Mavi 4/21) by 86 runs. 

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

IPL 2021: The UAE Government Would Allow 60 Percent Attendance For 2nd Phase Of IPL 2021 At UAE

IPL 2021 received a big boost when the UAE government decided to allow 60 percent attendance at the stadiums for the second phase of the IPL 2021. This decision was taken after thorough consultations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), as per the reports in the Telegraph.

Earlier, when the BCCI hosted the IPL 2021 in India before it got indefinitely postponed due to a bio-bubble breach, where no crowds were allowed at the venues, keeping the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

The Emirates Cricket Board are closely working the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.
The Emirates Cricket Board is closely working with the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: The UAE Government’s Decision To Allow 60 Percent Attendance Will Come As A Massive Boost For Players Playing IPL 2021

Likewise, no spectators were allowed to watch the games live during IPL 2020, when the entire tournament was played in the UAE. With 60 percent of the audience turning up at the stadiums, it will be a massive boost for the players while playing the IPL matches.

The BCCI had announced the entire schedule of the remainder of IPL 2021 last month. According to it, in the span of over 27 days, a total of 31 matches will be played.  Amit Mishra(DC), Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy(KKR), and Wriddhiman Saha(SRH) contracted the virus. Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey and bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji had also contracted the virus in India which led to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)

The second phase of IPL 2021 will commence on September 19 with a game between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai. A total of 31 games, including the playoffs, will be played in this phase of the tournament. It will come to a close with the final on October 15. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah are the three venues shortlisted to host the remaining IPL 2021 matches.

CSK and MI Are The First 2 Teams To Reach The UAE

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL

Before the IPL 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to rising COVID-19 cases within the franchises, the Delhi Capitals (DC) were at the top of the table with 12 points (six wins in eight matches). CSK and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were second and third with five wins from seven games, while MI was fourth with four wins in seven matches.

The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Punjab Kings (PBKS) have won three games each out of seven and eight matches, respectively. Kolkata Knight Riders won just two games out of seven, while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) got over the line only once in seven appearances and is at the bottom of the points table.

Prasidh Krishna and Amit Mishra. (ANI Photo/IPL Twitter)
Prasidh Krishna and Amit Mishra. (ANI Photo/IPL Twitter)

Amit Mishra, Prasidh Krishna Recover From Covid-19

Prasidh Krishna, the KKR pacer who was named as a stand-by for India’s tour of England, and veteran spinner Amit Mishra have recovered from COVID-19.

While Amit Mishra tested positive on May 4, the day the league was indefinitely suspended, Prasidh Krishna joined the list of infected players on May 8.

Prasidh Krishna (L) and Amit Mishra (R) have recovered from Covid-19(HT Collage)
Prasidh Krishna (L) and Amit Mishra (R) have recovered from Covid-19(HT Collage)

Amit Mishra Expressed Gratitude Tp Frontline Health Workers

Both bowlers had contracted the dreaded virus during the currently-suspended Indian Premier League earlier this month. While Amit Mishra tested positive on May 4, the day the league was indefinitely suspended, Prasidh Krishna joined the list of infected players on May 8.

“Prasidh Krishna has recovered from COVID-19,” a BCCI source told PTI.

Amit Mishra is the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. (Source: File)
Amit Mishra is the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. (Source: File)

Delhi Capitals leg-spinner Amit Mishra took to Twitter to give an update on his recovery and express his gratitude towards the front-line health workers.

“The real heroes. Our Frontline workers. All I can say post my recovery is, You have my support and heartfelt appreciation for all you do,” he tweeted.

“We are deeply grateful to you for all the sacrifices that you and your family are making…#grateful #coronawarriors #bcci #DelhiCapitals,” he added.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra remains a vital cog in the Delhi Capitals’ machinery. The wily leg-spinner, who has the most hat-tricks in the tournament, has 166 IPL wickets against his name. While the injury cut short his IPL 2020 journey, the veteran spinner picked 6 wickets in 4 games averaging 18.16 before contracting the virus as a result of which IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely. He is the 2nd highest wicket-taker after Lasith Malinga(170 scalps).

Prasidh Krishna Was 4th Player Of KKR To Contract The Dreaded Covid-19 Virus

Prasidh Krishna, who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders, was the fourth player from the franchise to return a positive test after Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert. He had been in home isolation in Bengaluru. The Indian squad is scheduled to assemble in Mumbai on Wednesday and, subsequently, undergo a hard quarantine before its departure to England in the first week of June.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

Virat Kohli and his men are scheduled to take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final from June 18 in Southampton. The five-Test series against England is to be held in August.

Prasidh Krishna made his international debut for the Indian cricket team on 23 March 2021. He became the first Indian bowler to claim a 4 wicket-haul on his ODI debut. In 3 ODIs against England, he picked 6 scalps averaging 29. He also picked 26 scalps in 31 IPL games averaging 40. He picked 8 scalps in 7 games in IPL 2021.

AB de Villiers played an unbeaten 75-run knock against the Delhi Capitals [P/C: iplt20.com]
AB de Villiers played an unbeaten 75-run knock against the Delhi Capitals [P/C: iplt20.com]

Aakash Chopra Praised AB de Villiers For Delivering Goods Against KKR And Delhi Capitals In IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra has lauded AB de Villiers’ match-winning performances for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021 despite being made to bat lower down in the order.

AB de Villiers predominantly batted at No.5 for RCB, with Glenn Maxwell sent ahead of him. The strategy worked wonders as the duo emerged as the highest run-getters for RCB in IPL 2021.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Terms AB de Villiers Genius As It Doesn’t Matter To Him Whether He Plays At No. 5 Or In Mars

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, former cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra termed AB de Villiers a ‘genius’ for dishing out exemplary performances in his new role at No.5 in the batting order.

“AB de Villiers is a genius. It is because all of us were saying that he should be batted up the order because the more deliveries you give him, the more impact he will have. But RCB was sending him at No.5.

“If you are sending him at No.5, how will the team and he do well? But AB de Villiers said it does not matter to him whether you play him at No.5 or in Mars, he will be absolutely fine,” said Aakash Chopra.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

The former India player was particularly appreciative of AB de Villiers’ exhilarating knock against the Kolkata Knight Riders on the slow Chepauk surface.

“The knock he played against KKR was an absolute belter of an innings. He hit a flurry of fours and sixes while no one was able to score runs on that ground in the last four overs. But it was the class of AB de Villiers, who delivered once again,” pointed out Aakash Chopra.

AB de Villiers smashed an unbeaten 76 off just 34 deliveries in that encounter. The knock, which was studded with nine fours and three sixes, helped RCB breach the 200-run mark and they eventually won the match by 38 runs.

Aakash Chopra: AB De Villiers Class Made The Difference In Crucial Encounters Against KKR And Delhi Capitals

Aakash Chopra also spoke in glowing terms about AB de Villiers’ belligerent unbeaten 75 against the Delhi Capitals which helped RCB register a one-run win.

“He played another knock against Delhi. There was a storm which had come but before that an AB de Villiers named storm had come and blew the opposition team away with his amazing performance,” said Chopra.

AB De Villiers played some match-defining knocks for RCB in IPL 2021
AB de Villiers played some match-defining knocks for RCB in IPL 2021 [P/C: iplt20.com]
The former KKR player concluded by hailing AB de Villiers as the game-changer for RCB in crucial matches.

“He is that kind of a player. Wherever you play him, he brings the best out of himself. It was just the AB class that actually made the difference in crucial encounters against KKR and Delhi,” signed off Chopra.

AB de Villiers scored 207 runs at an excellent average of 51.75 and a stupendous strike rate of 164.28 in IPL 2021 before it got suspended midway. Apart from his knocks against KKR and DC, the Proteas great also made a telling contribution in RCB’s win against the Mumbai Indians in the opening match of IPL 2021.

AB de Villiers, who became the sixth batsman to score 5000 IPL runs and the only one at a strike rate of more than 150, hit an unbeaten 75 off 42 balls against Delhi Capitals with five sixes and three fours to help RCB post 171 for 5, which turned out to be just enough as DC scored 170 for 4 and lost the match by 1 run.

AB De Villiers hung up his boots in 2018, bringing an end to his illustrious 15-year-old cricketing career for South Africa but since last year, the talismanic batsman has been speaking about making a u-turn on retirement. He had aggregated 207 runs in 6 innings at an average of 51.75 at a highly impressive strike rate of 164.28 in IPL 2021.

IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals: DC Predicted XI
Delhi Capitals. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals Will Be Hoping Shikhar Dhawan And Ravichandran Ashwin To Come Good Against SRH – Kris Srikkanth

Former Indian cricketer Kris Srikkanth believes that Delhi Capitals (DC) can only have the upper hand against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) had individual performances come good. DC will clash against SRH in the second qualifier on Sunday (November 8) to face Mumbai Indians in the grand finale of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 on November 10.

In the column written to Times of India, Kris Srikkanth had measured SRH above in all the departments when comparing to DC and concluded that Hyderabad was likely to be the winner. But he believes that some ‘individual brilliance’ can change the momentum for DC. He stated that Shikhar Dhawan, batting at the top, while Ravichandran Ashwin with the ball, needs to come good.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

“Individual brilliance can fling any prediction through the window in this format. Delhi will only be hoping for Dhawan to have a fun-filled day and Ashwin to come good with the ball, especially during the powerplay,” Kris Srikkanth wrote.

Although DC has best pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, Srikkanth stated that Ashwin’s role is pivotal in powerplays because the pacers have not necessarily picked wickets in the first six overs.

“In (Kagiso) Rabada and (Anrich) Nortje, Delhi have two new-ball merchants who have picked wickets but not necessarily in the first six overs. This is where the contribution of Ashwin is vital,” he wrote.

Kris Srikkanth advises to Delhi Capitals:

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals Will Be Hoping Shikhar Dhawan And Ravichandran Ashwin To Come Good Against SRH - Kris Srikkanth 1
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

At last, the former chief selector concluded that DC needs to bring Shimron Hetmyer back in the attack to boost the middle-order while Daniel Sams can be replaced with any Indian seamer.

“If I were to pick Delhi’s XI, I would definitely bring in (Shimron) Hetmyer to boost the middle order. The think-tank has to identify an Indian option for seamer Sams in order to give the side a better chance of upstaging a side that is on a roll,” he said.

Delhi Capitals have lost the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians. Although bowlers could not restrict MI to give massive targets, their batting performance was more disappointing. They need to come back stronger against SRH, who have momentum and rhythm all in their favour.

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - DC Predicted XI
Delhi Capitals. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – DC Predicted XI

Delhi Capitals (DC) are going to play a do-or-die match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday (November 2) in Abu Dhabi in their last league match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

Although they are at number third position on the IPL 2020 points table, Delhi Capitals need to grab the two crucial points against RCB to secure the spot in playoffs. Like the Bangalore team, their batting performance has been much more disappointing than bowling.

Striving for their first maiden IPL trophy, DC needs to put on the best show against RCB, who are also desperate to win this match.

Let’s take a look at Delhi Capitals Predicted XI against RCB:

Prithvi Shaw:

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw. Image Credit: IPL.

After being given a break for a couple of matches, Prithvi Shaw returned to the playing XI against MI, but the youngster could not change his fate. He was once again out for his bad shot selection, leaving his team under pressure and adding burden to score runs on the middle order. The opening batsman had to play a sensible knock against RCB to fulfil the dream of his team.

Shikhar Dhawan:

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: IPL)

After scoring back to back two centuries, Shikhar Dhawan has been out for a duck in the last two matches. With his opening batsman already struggling, the southpaw needs to stay long in the field and take the team to a good position.

Shreyas Iyer:

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - DC Predicted XI 2

The pressure has mounted on the Delhi Capitals captain after the early loss of the openers in the last matches. As a result, he has also not played freely, losing his wickets cheaply.

Shreyas Iyer will badly want to win the match against RCB to keep their hopes alive of playing in the playoffs.

Rishabh Pant:

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Rishabh Pant. Image Credit: IPL.

The wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, has not been able to accelerate the innings for Delhi Capitals after he has returned to the team after recovering from injury. He had the opportunity to become the hero for DC, but he has failed to stand up to the expectations. He has not been to score a half-century, so far, in this season while his highest score is 38 runs. To secure the place in the playoffs, Pant needs to step in and take responsibility.

Shimron Hetmyer:

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer. Image Credit: IPL.

The power hitter, Shimron Hetmyer, has also given a disappointing performance. Against MI, in a hurry to play a shot, he lost his wicket for 11 runs. The Windies got to get the runs for them against RCB.

Marcus Stoinis:

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis. Image Credit: IPL.

Marcus Stoinis, the fast-bowling allrounder, had disappointing outings in his last three matches. He has proven to be expensive with the ball while also has lost his wicket early. In the last three matches, he has scored 6, 5 and 2 runs respectively—the Australian needs to end the run draught and get the team across the line.

Axar Patel:

IPL 2019, Delhi Capitals Predicted Playing XI, DC vs RCB
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Delhi Capitals allrounder has also not managed to set the stage on fire as he has gone wicketless while had also failed to grab runs. Against MI, he was dropped while Harshal Patel was given the opportunity, but he also gave a poor outing. So, Patel will regain his place in the playing XI.

Kagiso Rabada:

IPL 2020: Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. Image Credit: IPL.

The major set back for Delhi Capitals was Kagiso Rabada going wicketless against SunRisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians. As his four overs are decisive for DC, he was ineffective against Saha and Manish Pandey as he conceded 54 runs. Against MI, although he had not too many runs to defend, he could not give the breakthrough to them.

Ravichandran Ashwin:

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image Credit: Twitter.

SRH batsmen badly thrashed Ravichandran Ashwin, but he bounced back stronger against MI, leaking only 18 runs in his four overs quota but could not pick the wicket which was the need of the hour.

Anrich Nortje:

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje. Image Credit: IPL.

Anrich Nortje was the only one who has been impressive even though Delhi Capitals have not won the matches. He ran through the top-order of KKR, picking the wicket of Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi. Against SRH, he picked the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha. In the last match, the speedster got the wicket of Quinton de Kock.

Rajasthan Royals. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals – RR Predicted XI

Rajasthan Royals (RR) middle-order has been a problem this Indian Premier League (IPL) season, but they won their last match against SRH because of their middle-order batsmen’s effort. The victory would have surely boosted their confidence as they move to play their next match against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday (October 14) in Dubai.

To beat Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals is likely to enter with the same XI, which had won the match against SRH. Moreover, they are going to collide against each other for the second time in the ongoing IPL 2020. In their first meeting in Sharjah, RR had faced defeat. But they will like to register the victory in Dubai to maintain their winning streak.

Rajasthan Royals predicted XI against Delhi Capitals:

1. Jos Buttler:

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. Image Credit: IPL.

Jos Buttler is a vital cog for Rajasthan Royals, but he has lost his wicket cheaply and early in the last two matches. His early return to the pavilion had hurt the team. He would look to play a big knock against Delhi Capitals, which has the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Ravichandran Ashwin.

2. Steve Smith:

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Steven Smith (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

In the last match against SRH, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler were the opening pairs, but there were no positive results out of that strategy. So, Steve Smith will once again promote himself in the opener position. The Rajasthan Royals captain has played three matches as the opener this season, and the result has also been positive.

3. Sanju Samson:

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. Image Credit: IPL.

Sanju Samson started the season like a firestorm, but after the first two matches, he has fizzled out. Well, this has always been the story for the Indian cricketer. In last season as well, after playing, two impressive knocks, he struggled to bat in the next matches. But Rajasthan Royals will want him to make a stronger comeback against Delhi Capitals to open their path for winning.

4. Robin Uthappa:

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa. Image Credit: IPL.

Robin Uthappa has not given the output par with his experience. He has scored 5, 9, 2, 17 and 18 runs respectively in the ongoing IPL 2020. The veteran batsman will be backed for further three to four games to give him the chance to find his form back.

5. Riyan Parag:

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag. Credits: IPL

The youngster starred in the victory against SRH. He stitched a gritty partnership with Rahul Tewaita while scored 42 runs off 26 balls to guide Rajasthan Royals to get over the line. The franchise will want him to give a similar performance during the tournament to keep them in a good position.

6. Ben Stokes:

Ben Stokes, Rajasthan Royals
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Ben Stokes return has made Rajasthan Royals bowling and batting unit look stronger. Although he could not score in his first match of the IPL 2020 against SRH, he is the match-winner for any team. England allrounder will act as the finisher while his contribution to bowling will also play a crucial role for them.

7. Rahul Tewatia:

Rahul Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia. Image Credit: IPL.

Rahul Tewatia has come out as the game-changer for Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing season. He has two times lead the team to victory with his hard-hitting batting. When there was no hope of RR’s victory, Tewatia has stood up to be the warrior for them. The franchise will want him to give the similar performance and always be their hope in this season.

8. Jofra Archer:

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Image Credit: IPL.

Jofra Archer is playing as the allrounder this season. His small but impactful innings with the bat have helped Rajasthan Royals to put a good score on the board. The pacer has picked up nine wickets in seven matches at the economy rate of 6.82 while has scored 88 runs at the strike rate of 220.00.

9. Shreyas Gopal:

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Shreyas Gopal. Image Credit: IPL.

The leg-spinner has been effective in the UAE pitches. He has picked up four wickets in seven matches. Apart from bowling, he is also a big-hitter at the lower order. Royals will look from to pick quick wickets of DC’s talent batsmen.

10. Kartik Tyagi:

Kartik Tyagi
Kartik Tyagi. Image Credit: IPL.

Kartik Tyagi will play his fourth match of IPL 2020 against the Rajasthan Royals. He has picked one wicket in each in the last three matches, including the wicket of Quinton de Kock and Shimron Hetmyer. The pacer has got the praise from many former cricketers for his bowling action and pace bowling. The franchise will expect him to have a great season and give them breakthroughs.

11. Jaydev Unadkat:

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Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Although the pacer has proved expensive, he has retained his place in the playing XI. He has picked only two wickets in five matches at the poor economy rate of 9.37. He was dropped against Delhi Capitals in their first meeting and in place of him Varun Aaron was included who proved to be more expensive than Unadkat. So, the Saurashtra cricketer will be given the place in the XI.

IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals: DC Predicted XI
Delhi Capitals. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals – DC Predicted XI

Placed at the number second spot on the points table, Delhi Capitals (DC) faced their second defeat of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 against Mumbai Indians in their last match. They are now set to face Rajasthan Royals (RR), who are coming off from a victory, on Wednesday (October 14) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.

Delhi Capitals has already a well-balanced combination of young and talented players lead by Shreyas Iyer. The defeat against MI will not lead to many changes in DC’s playing XI, but they will surely like to register a win against Rajasthan Royals to maintain their position in the table and bring back the confidence in the team.

Delhi Capitals predicted XI against Rajasthan Royals:

1. Prithvi Shaw:

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Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Delhi Capitals has gone with Prithvi Shaw as the opener for this season, and he has also been successful in giving a good start. But Shaw has lost his wicket because of silly mistakes, mostly while rushing to play big shots. DC will want him to play a sensible knock against Rajasthan Royals.

2. Shikhar Dhawan:

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. Image Credit: IPL.

Shikhar Dhawan is clearly struggling this year to get runs from his bat. In the last match against Mumbai Indians, he remained not out and scored 69 off 52 balls, but he batted too conservatively. The power-hitting was missing in his innings which DC needed to put a fighting score. However, this knock will boost Dhawan’s confidence and is a good thing for Delhi Capitals.

3. Ajinkya Rahane:

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. Image Credit: IPL.

Ajinkya Rahane played the first match for Delhi Capitals against Mumbai Indians. He showed his class with the bat after hitting effortless fours before losing his wicket to Krunal Pandya. The veteran will look to play a big knock against Rajasthan Royals to fill the void of Shimron Hetmyer.

4. Shreyas Iyer:

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Image Credit: IPL.

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer has very well taken the responsibility at no. 3. He has scored 245 runs in seven matches at the strike rate of 138. 41. Apart from his batting, the youngster’s captaincy has also been praised which has given the franchise a good start.

5. Alex Carey:

Alex Carey
Alex Carey. Image Credit: IPL.

Shreyas Iyer has stated that Rishabh Pant will be out for play for one week because of his injury. As a result, Alex Carey will play the match against Rajasthan Royals. Delhi Capitals will want him to fill up the space of the big-hitter Rishabh Pant.

6. Marcus Stoinis:

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis. Image Credit: IPL.

Marcus Stoinis is a vital cog for Delhi Capitals both with bat and ball. He is the big hitter while had also got the knack of picking wickets at crunch situation. His bowling against Kings XI Punjab is unforgettable which had led the game to super over. In the last seven matches, the Australian allrounder has scored 175 runs at the strike rate of 175.00 and picked six wickets. He is undoubtedly going to play all the matches for DC this season.

7. Axar Patel:

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Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Axar Patel, the lanky allrounder, has given valuable contribution with the ball. He has picked six wickets in six matches at the staggering economy rate of 5.05. Patel had also given crucial contribution against RR in Sharjah as he scored 17 runs off 8 balls. Although it was a short innings, it was very impactful. Delhi Capitals will want him to showcase similar performance in Dubai.

8. Harshal Patel:

harshal patel,
Harshal Patel. Image Credit: IPL.

Harshal Patel has so far played four matches and has picked up three wickets. The 29-year-old pacer proved to be expensive in the last match against Mumbai Indians. He will surely look to bounce back stronger against RR.

9. Ravichandran Ashwin:

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image Credit: IPL.

Ravichandran Ashwin, the lone spinner, in the team has been extraordinary this season. Against RR in their last meeting, he picked the crucial wicket of Jos Buttler and Mahipal Lomror while gave away 22 runs in his four-over. If he produces the same masterpiece again, Delhi Capitals are surely going to have the upper hand in the game.

10. Kagiso Rabada:

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. Image Credit: IPL.

Kagiso Rabada is the game changer and match-winner for Delhi Capitals. His only presence in the bowling attack makes them stronger. The fast bowler has picked up 17 wickets, including one four-wicket haul,  in seven matches at the economy rate of 7.69.

11. Anrich Nortje:

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Anrich Nortje. Image Credit: IPL.

Anrich Nortje got the place in the playing XI after Ishant Sharma surfaced with injury but has impressed with pace bowling. He has snared eight wickets in seven matches at the economy rate of 7.21. The Proteas has now become a vital cog and an indispensable part of Delhi Capitals.

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