Halfway through the tournament, Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals are at different ends of the points table. Delhi, with 10 points from seven games, is in second place while Rajasthan, who ended their losing streak in their last game thanks to a match-defining partnership between Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia, is still in sixth place and they are desperate need to change around further. Parag and Tewatia aside, Ben Stokes’ return to RR’s last appearance was a positive sign for the team and while he didn’t shoot bat and ball, a world-class all-rounder like Stokes is expected to get it right more often. then not. Delhi, on the other hand, is hit with a spate of injuries that could affect their fortune in the tournament
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Shreyas IyerCaptain Iyer has been feeling cold for the past few games since his game-defining 88 failed to play against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah three games ago. He hit a respectable 42 in the last game against Mumbai Indians, but couldn’t stay until the end to give his team a good total. He would like to play the anchor, especially in the absence of Rishabh Pant, who has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury.
Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan had had an indifferent IPL until the last game when he batted through the innings to miss 69 and help the team to 162/4. This was Dhawan’s first half century of the season after mediocre wins of 5, 32, 26, 34, 35 and 0 in the last six games. Delhi would hope the left-handed continues his form.
Kagiso RabadaRabada has the purple cap with 17 wickets in seven games and is the go-to man for captain Iyer when the team needed a breakthrough. He has harassed batsmen with pace, variations and the ability to execute bouncers and yorkers with precision, emerging as the leader of the attack in Ishant Sharma’s absence.
Ben StokesStokes was unimpressive on his return to the IPL, but more can be expected from the English all-rounder given his bat and ball form over the past year and a half. Stokes is equally adept at pace and spin and although he was asked to open the innings in his first IPL 2020 match, he could be better suited to the middle or lower middle class.
Jos Buttler: Buttler has shown brilliant moments in the tournament so far, but has not yet been able to play that one game-defining knock. His top score of 70 came in a losing case against Mumbai Indians and other scores of 16, 13, 22, 21 and 4 fell short of expectations. He would aim higher and give his team a much-needed victory.
Rahul TewatiaAfter his remarkable 51 out of 30 against Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah, Tewatia appeared to be cold with the bat, but some of that was due to the extraordinarily difficult situations RR often found himself in. In the final match, however, with wickets in hand and target still in sight, Tewatia brought his ‘A’ game to the table, hammering an unbeaten 45 of 28, including a hat-trick of limits against the stingy Rashid Khan. Tewatia also has five wickets from seven matches so far and is well placed to add to that number as well.
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