IPL 2019, RR vs DC Team: Rajasthan Royals have announced a new skipper in Steve Smith prior to game against Mumbai Indians (MI) and reaped instant benefits. However, it may just be too little, too late. With six defeats in first eight matches, RR find themselves second from bottom and need a miracle if they are to go deep into the tournament. Shreyas Gopal and Jofra Archer have been nifty with the ball and they would hope to keep that trend going with Delhi Capitals in town.
Delhi are comfortably placed third in the IPL points table with 12 points, having won four out of their last five matches, and a playoff spot is the least the fans would expect from them. For DC, the bowling has worked better than the batting with Kagiso Rabad, Chris Morris and Sandeep Lamichhane the crucial elements.
IPL 2019, RR vs DC Playing XI: Buildup
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Delhi Capitals have won the toss and have opted to field
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Form is a big worry for Rajasthan's hopes of qualifying for playoffs, however, continue to hang by a thread. Jos Buttler the premier batsman, had to fly back home to be with his wife, who is expecting her first child. Rahane has struggled for form, compiling just 213 runs so far.
Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium will host the final on May 12 after Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) failed to get permission on locked stands.
Delhi reaches Jaipur
RR vs DC Preview
After being handed the captaincy reigns, Steve Smith led Rajasthan Royals to an emphatic victory over Mumbai Indians on Saturday, thus rejuvenating a side which has been seen just three wins in nine games and is languishing at the second from last position in the points table. With the playoffs battle starting to heat up, it would be the perfect time for RR to find form and get a few wins under their belt and make a surprise entry into the playoffs.
Delhi Capitals have the best away record in IPL 2019; they’ve won four of their five matches on the road. The only loss has come against Kings XI Punjab.
Head-to-head: RR vs DC
Overall: Matches – 18, Rajasthan Royals – 11, Delhi Capitals – 7
Since 2013: Matches – 8, Rajasthan Royals – 7, Delhi Capitals – 1
IPL points table
Coming into the game, Delhi Capitals are third in the points table and a win tonight will take them joint-top with Chennai Super Kings. Royals, however, are second from bottom and trying desperately to keep themselves in playoff hunt. [Points table]
RR vs DC
Hello and Good Afternoon! Welcome to our live coverage of today's IPL fixture between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals in Jaipur. Both teams headed in different directions this season - not quite the norm in IPL history.