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Inconsistent Rajasthan aim for a lift against troubled Delhi

It’s the return to a familiar hell hole for Delhi Daredevils. After a brief ray of hope, when they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders at home, a defeat, even if the final result was flattering to Shreyas Iyer’s side, brought them crashing back down. Now, they’re back at the bottom again, four points away from fourth place, and with a number of tricky games coming up.

What works in Delhi Daredevils’ favour is that five of their next six games are at home. The downside is that three out of the lot come against teams currently placed one and two. But the games against CSK and SRH will pale in significance if Delhi don’t come out victors against Rajasthan Royals, who have blown hot and cold this edition.

Ajinkya Rahane’s team are currently fifth in the table, with a game in hand over fourth-placed KKR. The loss to SRH in the last game, a game they should have won, has put them out of the top four, but RR will know that they are just a win away from staying within touching distance of the top four.

It may not just be do-or-die for both teams, but with so much riding on the contest, it could just be the kind of game that has it all.

When: Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals, 8 PM IST

Where: Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi

What to expect: A hot evening with chances of rain.

Team News:

Delhi Daredevils: The Daredevils, in all likelihood, will stick to the same XI that they’ve played with in the last two days.

Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult

Rajasthan Royals: Rajasthan Royals are still struggling to get their openers to fire in tandem but what will concern them more is the lack of significant contributions from their overseas players, particularly Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. But despite their loss, the combination might not undergo much change.

Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat

Head to Head of teams

DD 6 – 11 RR

RR have won the last seven head-to-head encounters between the two sides.

Team Record at that particular venue

DD 3 – 3 RR

RR have won the last three meetings at this venue after losing their first three.

Interesting face-offs

Rahane vs DD: 16 inngs; 677 runs; Avg 61.55; SR 129.94; 6 X 50s; HS 91*In seven matches at Kotla, he has scored 252 runs at 50.40 with two fifties (SR 122.92).

Mishra vs RR: 16 mat; 26 wkts; Avg 16.38; SR 14.08; ER 6.98 – no other bowler has taken more than 15 wickets against RR in IPL

IPL 2018 trends

DD have lost the joint most wickets in the first six overs (16) and the fewest in the death (nine).

DD are the worst bowling team in the PP w.r.t economy rate. They concede at 9.56 per over in comparison to the tournament average of 8.53 with a ball per boundary ratio of 3.89.

K Gowtham has bowled 11 overs in the first six overs taking three wickets and conceding only at 6.54. In comparison, he goes at 9.12 in the middle overs (7-15). Mujeeb Zadran is the only other spinner to take as many in the Powerplay.

Jofra Archer has taken all his six wickets from the four overs he bowled in the death. He has conceded only 20 runs in his four overs in this phase. This season, only Bumrah has taken more wickets in the last five overs than Archer – seven from 12 overs.

Ben Stokes has averaged 26.00 against spin with a SR of 132.84 in IPL. This season, he has averaged only 14.25 against them at a SR of 111.76 getting out to spin four times in seven innings.

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