The Delhi Capitals, who have been operating like a well-oiled unit, are eager to consolidate their top spot as they face Rajasthan Royals, who are eager to continue their winning streak in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday.
The team led by Rishabh Pant won six of the eight games and achieved a sensational first leg. Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday started the second phase by eight wickets to retain their top spot in the points table.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, are struggling to find their footing in the first step after a two-run victory from the jaws of defeat over the Punjab Kings.
With the win, they narrowed the gap on the playoff spots. Victory over Delhi will take them to fourth place.
For Rajasthan, youngsters Yashaswi Jaiswal and Mahipal Lomrer won with the bat against Punjab, but captain Sanju Samson will have to take more responsibility.
In the bowling department, pacers Karthik Tyagi and Bangladesh player Mustafizur Rahman eventually did that.
Punjab needed eight runs in the last two overs and Rahman gave up just four runs. బుతువు.
The former champions will look to continue their winning streak and achieve two more points, but it will be easier than they could have done.
The Royals will face a tough task against the Delhi team as openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithviraj Shah, who are the leading scorers in the tournament this season, appear to be in good touch.
Dhawan (422) and Shah (319) hit six fours and six sixes as well as six half-centuries. For any bowling unit, facing the Dhawan-Shah duo is a daunting proposition.
Shreyas Iyer was unbeaten on 47 after losing the first leg due to injury, which was a big positive for the team.
DC is also a strong middle order, along with skipper Rishabh Pant (248), Australian Steve Smith and Shimran Hetmire, who will be the most devastating of their day.
In the bowling department, Delhi are unlikely to impress with their pace attack as Avesh Khan is impressed and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada can make a loss early on, with Anrich Nortje providing the express speed.
Capitals of Delhi: Rishabh Pant (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithviraj Shah, Ripal Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimrom Hetmire, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrich Northze, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarsh, Ishant Sharma, Kagilo Kharoba, Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Akshar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (capt), Liam Livingstone, Evin Lewis, David Miller, Chris Morris, Oshane Thomas, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabariz Shamsi, Glenn Phillips, Chetan Zakaria, Ryan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Anushka Singh, Aakash, Shivam Dubey, Shreyas Gopal, Karthik Tyagi, Mayank Markande, Jayadev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav, Mahipal Lomrer.
The match starts at 3:30 pm IST