Date & Time: Saturday, May 04, 16:00 IST
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India
The equation is quite simple for both the teams; In order to have any chance of a spot in the playoffs, Rajasthan needs to win the final game of the league phase and they just have to hope that the other teams’ results go in their favour. For Delhi this game is as important and they will want to win, so that they are in the Top 2 of the table.
Delhi is struck with a big blow as Rabada is ruled out of the remainder of the tournament so that leaves them to stick with the same team that played against Chennai. Rajasthan on the other hand, has to deal with the absence of Steven Smith, which will change the dynamics of the team a bit. Rahul Tripathi comes back into the team and the other two spots hang between Aston Turner, Gowtham or a pacer.
The surface in Delhi has considerably assisted batsmen as the tournament progressed, but spinners still hold the key for this venue. The average first innings score in the last 6 games here is 163.
The Delhi captain is leading the team by example, as he was the lone batsman who fought hard in the previous match on the tough Chennai surface. His side needs another knock from him in Delhi, where conditions are similar to Chennai. There is every possibility that he will produce one as he has had a great run so far in the season at the Capital city. He scored 199 runs in last 5 games played here which includes two half-centuries & two 40+ scores. So the ‘Mr Consistent’ is an automatic choice in all the Dream11 fantasy cricket teams.
He showed good temperament so far in the season playing spin on a tough Kotla wicket, as he seems to have overcome his past struggles against spinners. He has scored two half-centuries in the last 2 games at the venue. On Saturday he has to replicate the same in the side’s last game of the season to make sure the team finishes in Top 2.
After his heroics against Bangalore in the rain-shortened match, he will be high on confidence and eager to mark his authority in Delhi. His record against Delhi batsmen in the short span is also in his favor to perform, as he has dismissed Shaw twice and Dhawan once in the last three T20s. He has a strike rate of 14 against Delhi batsmen. Hence, he is a must-have bowler in all the Dream11 fantasy cricket teams for the match.
It will be fascinating to see how Rahane responds to the precarious challenge after being back to heading his team. In the absence of Steven Smith, he automatically becomes the most important batsman for his team. But as far as the stats are concerned, there is a high chance that he will come up with a good performance on Saturday, as he has a great track record against DC bowlers. He has been dismissed only once in the last five T20s to them.