The Capitals’ IPL 2020 campaign has been dented with news that Ishant Sharma is out of the tournament, and Rishabh Pant remains sidelined. After a big loss to Mumbai Indians four days ago, Delhi will hope that Pant’s absence is not a deterrent as they seek to regain No 1 on the leaderboard.
On a very tight points table, Rajasthan know that only wins can keep them in the hunt for the IPL play-offs. A stunning chase in their previous match has boosted their mood, but a flagging top order has to click in order to turn this franchise into play-off contenders.
Here’s a ready reckoner for today’s DC vs RR IPL 2020 match for fantasy league players.
Fantasy Tips and Predictions
Sanju Samson’s batting has nosedived, and with Ben Stokes opening for RR in the last match that means Samson bats a spot lower. The prospect of Stokes opening the innings and bowling a couple of overs translates to vital fantasy points, so you should pick him for sure and then decide between one from Samson and Steve Smith.
Get as many batsmen in as possible.
Point to note: As good as he’s looked when on song, Prithvi Shaw has struggled against genuinely quick short deliveries, so with Jofra Archer and Kartik Tyagi bowling upfront it could be problematic to have him in your XI. Choose Shikhar Dhawan instead.
Best Fantasy Cricket Team
1 Jos Buttler, 2 Steve Smith, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Riyan Parag, 5 Shikhar Dhawan, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Ben Stokes, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Jofra Archer, Anrich Nortje
He fell to a sharp catch at square leg when DC met RR last week, but Jos Buttler’s success in the Powerplay overs makes him an attractive option. Ignore the couple of low scores and back Buttler to deliver against Capitals today. After all, his fastest IPL fifty came against them. Plus, he keeps wickets.
A toss-up between Shreyas Iyer and Marcus Stoinis. When Iyer licks, he’s dynamite in the realm of fantasy league cricket.
Stoinis’ all-round skills have lifted DC several times. Batting at No 5, he has scored 111 runs at a strike-rate of 158.57 and six wickets adds to his fantasy value.
If DC bat, pick Stoinis and if they’re chasing, choose Iyer.
DC probable 11: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Harshal Patel, 8 Axar Patel, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Kagiso Rabada 11 Anrich Nortje
RR probable 11: 1 Jos Buttler (wk), 2 Ben Stokes, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Sanju Samson, 5 Robin Uthappa, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Jofra Archer, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Kartik Tyagi, 11 Jaydev Unadkat
Head to Head (In IPL)
Won by DC: 10 (48%)
Won by RR: 11 (52%)
Player to watch out for
Strike-rate doesn’t matter here, so for his ability to bat deep Shikhar Dhawan is one player who could net you handy fantasy points. In three chases versus RR since IPL 2018, Dhawan has two fifties.