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IPL 2020: Rajasthan hope to break losing streak

Struggling Rajasthan Royals take on Delhi Capitals in Match 23 of Indian Premier League 2020

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 10, 2020 8:21:26 am
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For Rajasthan, time is running out as they still have not been able to find their best playing XI. While the return of Ben Stokes will give them hope but the England allrounder is currently in quarantine and will be available only after October 11. RR did try to rejig their line-up against Mumbai Indians by including young batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal and pacer Kartik Tyagi and Ankit Rajpoot in the playing XI but it didn’t change their fortunes.

Led by Shreyas Iyer, Delhi have looked solid in all three departments, winning four out of their five matches. While skipper Iyer has been in good form, opener Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant have done their job well. Marcus Stonis too have produced two smashing fifties so far.


Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Steven Smith (c), Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Aniruddha Joshi, Jofra Archer

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Alex Carey (wk), Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav

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RR vs DC Predicted Playing 11, IPL 2020 Live Updates:

17:36 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Will Delhi continue their winning streak?
16:23 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Weather Update:

The maximum temperature in Sharjah will be 37 degrees and the minimum will be 28 degrees. With a humidity level of 54 percent, there will be the dew factor in the night.

16:16 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Pitch Report:

It will be difficult to bat second and score runs while chasing at the Sharjah ground, which is one of the flatest. The team batting first needs to bring up a decent total for the match to win.

15:56 (IST)09 Oct 2020
DC - A well-oiled machine

Led by Shreyas Iyer, Delhi have looked solid in all three departments, winning four out of their five matches. Delhi have been a well-oiled machine, boosting of a solid bowling unit which is well supported by the batsmen.

While skipper Iyer has been in good form, opener Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant have done their job well. Marcus Stonis too have produced two smashing fifties so far. On the bowling front, Kagiso Rabada has looked ominous with 12 wickets to emerge as the best bowler in the IPL so far. South African pacer Anrich Nortje too has delivered when the team needed him to.

Harshal Patel, as Ishant Sharma’s replacement, did well against Kolkata Knight Riders with 2 for 34 but he conceded 43 in their last match. A fit-again Ravichandran Ashwin, who replaced injured Amit Mishra, also returned with one wicket for 26 in his comeback game.

14:32 (IST)09 Oct 2020
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14:04 (IST)09 Oct 2020
DC Probable XI:

Delhi Capitals Predicted Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

13:34 (IST)09 Oct 2020
RR Probable XI:

Rajasthan Royals Predicted Playing XI: Jos Buttler, Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Robin Uthappa, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Kartik Tyagi, Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal

13:17 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Pooran powers to 17-ball 50

Chasing the imposing 202-run target, Nicholas Pooran made 77 off 37 balls but didn’t get enough support from the other end as KXIP were bowled out for 132 in 16.5 overs.

13:06 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Mayank Agarwal’s early run out was a disaster: KL Rahul

Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul rued the early run-out of Mayank Agarwal, saying it was a disaster for his side. “When we lose wickets in the powerplay, it’s going to be tough, especially when we’re playing only six batters. Getting Mayank run-out wasn’t the ideal start, it was a disaster,” a disappointed Rahul said at the post-match presentation. “It was also one of those days when everything we hit in the air went to the fielders.”

12:57 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Gayle had food poisoning: Anil Kumble

Gayle was on Thursday about to feature in his first game of IPL 2020 but for food poisoning, Kings XI Punjab head coach Anil Kumble said. “Chris Gayle was going to play today’s match but he is sick. He is down with food poisoning that’s why he isn’t in playing eleven,” Kumble told commentators during the game.

11:32 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Royals need Sanju back in form

Sanju Samson set the stage on fire for RR as they took on CSK and KXIP in their first two games, scoring 74 and 85 in Sharjah. While he has not scored big in the following games, a return to Sharjah will give Sanju Samson a chance to renew his batting form,. and if If he fires like he did against CSK and KXIP, RR will be in with a chance of a winning return.

11:19 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Hyderabad openers shut the door on Punjab

A sensational opening partnership between Jonny Bairstow and captain David Warner helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to a formidable 201/6. Then their bowlers and fielders clinched a comprehensive 69-run win over Kings XI Punjab. However, it was not before a scare from Nicholas Pooran’s onslaught. But two run-outs and a match-defining spell from their talisman Rashid Khan – who finished with figures of 3/12 – made it a night to savour for the Sunrisers. (READ MORE)

10:51 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Three-match losing streak for RR

Rajasthan Royals will need to come up with some quick-fix measures to snap their three-match losing streak when they take on a formidable Delhi Capitals unit in an IPL match on Friday. The Royals were off to a flying start, winning both their games at Sharjah but they have struggled to adjust to the bigger grounds of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, slipping to three successive defeats. Now back to the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Rajasthan will take inspiration from their two big wins here to turn things around against a dominant Delhi.

10:45 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Listen to what Delhi Capitals' Harshal Patel says
10:00 (IST)09 Oct 2020
RR vs DC

Hello and welcome to Match 23 of IPL 2020 as Rajasthan Royals take on Delhi Capitals at Sharjah on Friday. While Delhi are at the second position in the table, Rajasthan are the second from the bottom. Stay tuned for all the live updates, predicted playing XI etc as we head to another T20 clash

The good news for RR is the return to form of opener Jos Buttler, who scored a fine 44-ball 70 in their last game. In bowling, Jofra Archer and Tom Curran have been left to do the heavy lifting, while spinner Rahul Tewatia has not been to produce the breakthroughs consistently.