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Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals
TOSS | Rajasthan Royals win the toss and opt to bowl against Delhi Daredevils
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (c), D’Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (w), Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
Delhi Daredevils: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (w), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult
Changes in playing XIs
DD: Shahbaz Nadeem in for Rahul Tewatia
RR: D’Arcy Short in for Ish Sodhi and Shreyas Gopal replaced Mahipal Lomror
Staring at early exit after their sixth loss in eight games, bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils, under new skipper Shreyas Iyer, will have to treat each IPL game as a virtual knockout, starting with their clash against Rajasthan Royals today.
After Gautam Gambhir stepped down as captain following a string of losses, Iyer was left with the responsibility of guiding the team to the play-offs and the young skipper did score a 40-ball unbeaten 93 to power his side to a massive 55-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders to renew hopes of a turnaround.
But 13-run loss to Chennai Super Kings almost dashed all hopes of a comeback and Iyer has an uphill task of inspiring his team in the remaining matches to salvage any hopes of staying alive in the tournament.
Iyer and Pant have done the bulk of the scoring for Delhi, amassing 306 and 257 runs respectively so far and the onus would be on the duo to lead the batting unit today.
Among the bowlers, Trent Boult has been among the wickets, claiming 11 scalps so far but he didn’t get support from the rest. It has resulted in their failure to defend totals, putting their batting under pressure.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, are placed sixth in the table with six points from seven matches. Ajinkya Rahane’s team has been inconsistent this season as most times a win has been followed by a loss and they will also have to find a way to stem the rot if they have to make it to the play-offs.
Their failure to chase down a target of 151-7 against Sunrisers Hyderabad saw Rajasthan Royals lose the match by 11 runs. It was despite Rahane scoring a 65 and Samson hitting a 40 as they didn’t get support from other batsman.
Rahane and Samson have been their best batsmen this season but inconsistent run of Ben Stokes and Jos Butler has affected their performance this season.
Among the bowlers, young seamer Jofra Archer have done well to claim six wickets in the two matches that he has played so far. But RR’s spinners Shreyas Gopal and K Gowtham failed to bother the batsmen much, taking five wickets each.