IPL 2021-RR vs DC-Rajasthan eyeing captain Samson against confident Delhi capitals: When the Rajasthan Royals take on the Indian Premier League match on Thursday after a heart-wrenching defeat in the first match, when the new team captain Sanju Samson is absent in the absence of an injured Ben Stokes. One would expect another inspiring innings.
Delhi Capitals made a brilliant start under the leadership of their new captain Rishabh Pant, defeating Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets in their first match but the Royals suffered a four-run defeat against the Punjab Kings in a big-score close match on Monday night.
Chasing a mammoth 222-run target from Punjab, the Royals’ team as captain captained Samson (63 off 119) in the very first match with an IPL century but remained in the match when the team won the final ball. For five runs, Samson was caught on the boundary.
The team suffered a further setback after the defeat when star all-rounder Stokes was ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a fracture in his finger.
In the absence of Stokes, players like Jose Butler, Shivam Dubey and Ryan Parag will be under pressure to support the captain and perform better.
In the first match, Manan Vohra (12), Butler (25), Dubey (23) and Parag (25) failed to convert a good start into a big innings.
The biggest problem for the Royals’ team however is bowling. In the first match, the bowlers of the team did not appear in rhythm at all.
Apart from young fast bowler Chetan Sakaria, who took three wickets for 31 runs in the opening match, the other bowlers of the Royals had no answer from the Punjab batsmen. Punjab batsmen had no problem in scoring runs against Mustafizur Rahman, Chris Maurice, Stokes, Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia and all of them will have to improve their performance.
On the other hand, the previous runner-up Delhi started their campaign brilliantly and registered an easy win against the three-time champions Chennai Super Kings.
Super Kings scored 188 for seven while batting first but Delhi registered an easy win thanks to a 138-run first-wicket partnership between openers Shikhar Dhawan (85 off 54 balls) and Prithvi Shaw (72 off 38 balls). Of.
Talking of bowling, in the first match, Chris Woakes (two wickets for 18 runs) and Avesh Khan (two wickets for 23 runs) impressed and will try to repeat this form in the upcoming matches as well. Ravichandran Ashwin, Tom Curren, Amit Mishra and Marcus Stoinis, however, disappointed in bowling and will try to do better on Thursday.
Teams are as follows:
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (captain), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Ryan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markandey, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Karthik Tyagi, Shivam Dubey, Chris Maurice, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakaria, KC Kariyappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldeep Yadav and Akash Singh.
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Enrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan , Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripple Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddartha, Tom Curren and Sam Billings.
Timing: The match will be played at 7:30 pm.