Indian Premier League, Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals Face-Off: Shikhar Dhawan vs Jofra Archer

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IPL 2020, DC vs RR: Shikhar Dhawan has played 166 IPL matches with 4780 runs under his belt© BCCI / IPL


The last time Delhi Capitals (DC) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) met in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, RR fast bowling spearhead Jofra Archer came out as the winner against DC opener Shikhar Dhawan when the batsman for five runs was fired. But that didn’t help in the bigger picture, as DC was going to win anyway. A new face-off is scheduled when the two sides meet again in Dubai on Wednesday. RR seems to have gone off the boil late even though they had a win in their last game, while DC, after a winning streak, lost points in the previous game.

Dhawan has scored 201 runs in IPL 2020, from seven games, with a strike rate of 125.62, which is not in the tearaway category, but he has the ability to start steadily and then take off. In total, the Delhi left-handed has played 166 IPL matches with 4,780 runs under his belt.

If there is one shortcoming in Dhawan’s IPL career, it is the lack of three-digit scores, a bit surprising for a batsman of the highest order who has been playing for so long. Nonetheless, he’s still a batsman to be reckoned with.

Archer has become the only bowler in the RR rankings who is regular, and his workload is enormous. Not easy in the desert heat, especially when the spores start to wither.

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Archer has nine wickets from seven games this season, against an economy of 6.82. He’s starting to feel the pressure to keep the bowling in good working order and that is starting to affect his performance. But in his day he’s a handful and Dhawan would do well to keep his guard up.

Note: All statistics are provided by iplt20.com

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